Securing applications in the cloud

Cloud computing can make it easier for developers to meet an organization's compliance requirements, but it can also introduce new risks and run afoul of regulations that govern data. A panel of experts recommended that an organization document what processes cloud providers have in place to secure application data and safeguard privacy; communicate its requirements for applications […]

Cloud computing can make it easier for developers to meet an organization's compliance requirements, but it can also introduce new risks and run afoul of regulations that govern data. A panel of experts recommended that an organization document what processes cloud providers have in place to secure application data and safeguard privacy; communicate its requirements for applications to providers; understand how regulation affects development in external clouds; and know what liabilities apply if something goes wrong when it is no longer the primary custodian of data. In the cloud, every action is an invocation of a service and can therefore be monitored, logged or even rolled back, explained Peter Coffee, director of platform research for Salesforce.com.

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