The Information Commissioner's Office published guidelines that underline organisations' sole responsibility for the protection of data, even if it has been outsourced to third party cloud network providers.
The guidelines include tips** for businesses, including securing assurances from cloud service providers on how data will be kept safe, as well as suggesting the implementation of a written contract between both parties involved.
Paul Ayers, VP EMEA of data security expert Vormetric, has made the following comments:
As more and more businesses are embracing the compelling economic and operational benefits of cloud computing, these guidelines serve as a timely reminder of the full extent of organisations' data protection responsibilities and the dangers that can ensue if they are not managed appropriately.
Some 'wishful thinking' enterprises believe that leveraging the cloud allows them to wash their hands of the need to secure their data. That is not the case. Companies still need to be able to establish where their data is held and define what data protection policies are in place.
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