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Cloud Vendors Punt Security To Users

May 3, 2011

It looks like cloud computing users and vendors are not on the same page when it comes to data security. Cloud computing vendors and users each say the other group has the primary responsibility for taking charge of data security in the cloud, according to a recent Ponemon survey of 127 cloud computing providers in the United States and Europe.

For example, 69% of cloud providers think that cloud users are most responsible for security, and only 16% think it’s a shared responsibility. But according to a Ponemon study conducted last year, 33% of users see cloud security as a shared responsibility, and 32% think that the provider alone is most responsible. Only 35% of cloud users, meanwhile, think that users should be most responsible for cloud security.

Cloud providers’ failure to take responsibility for data security is a problem, said John P. Pironti, president of IP Architects, in a phone interview. “Customers are looking for security, but they’re expecting that the provider will be addressing it,” he said.

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Legally speaking, however, cloud providers really aren’t responsible for data security, as long as they make some effort, according to their end user license agreements. “When you read the licensing agreements for cloud providers, they don’t need to do anything with security–they take ‘best effort,'” said Pironti. Best effort means that should a case come to court, “as long as they can show they’re doing some effort, and not gross negligence, then they’re covering themselves.”


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