John Kaleski is General Manager of Cloud and Solutions for Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand.

Cloud computing is transforming the way IT-based services are delivered to organisations. There are many clear advantages of moving to ‘the cloud’ – reduced capital expenditure, scalability and increased business agility to name a few.

For most organisations, therefore, the journey to cloud is no longer a question of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’, and a large number of enterprises have already travelled some way down this path.

Will my data be secure if I put it in the Cloud?

However, there is one overwhelming question that is still causing many CIOs and their colleagues to delay their move to cloud: ‘Will my data be secure if I put it in the Cloud?’

This question has been the subject of much media attention and expert debate including this recent article in SMH ITPro. Essentially there are too many factors to consider to make a general statement. Organisations need to consider what application will be used, the sensitivity of the information, and above all the credentials of the cloud services provider.

Security in relation to cloud should be treated the same as security in any major IT decision, with the correct checks and balances to ensure all necessary security and risk management measures are covered.

Businesses that are already deep into their cloud programmes are reporting that security, while an extremely important consideration, is not a barrier to adoption.
If you are interested in exploring this topic further, Fujitsu has published a very comprehensive white paper on the issues surrounding Cloud security and how Fujitsu deals with these. It can be downloaded from the following link: The White Book of Cloud Security