UC3 News — 05 November 2012

Cloud Security: A Round Up Of Prominent Highlights Across The Planet

Though cloud security is a mandate that is heartfelt across the world, its approach in continents is as diverse as the cultures therein. Still, one can trace some parallel lines in what each of the global demarcations are offering that can eventually lead to a global consensus. As Africa emphasizes on user-supplier mutual playoff to prevent data compromise, the Asian bloc is heading the way with a range of conferences to talk on all matters safety. The Europeans are concentrating on laws that increase virtual data safety through encryption just when the Americans are concentrating on envisioning how to deal with a massive cyber criminal act, while the Australians concentrate on safer country-driven mechanisms.

The most disturbing issue in cloud computing is in focus again. There are conferences left, center and right, all hinging on security. There are even Asian circuits that are attracting the public backing of some major Internet and electronics multinationals.

In the scheme of things therefore, it would only be right to set the drum rolling for the global security highlights. What better approach would serve than that of a continental approach?


Though lagging behind in the currently estimated revenue of cloud computing (150 billion US Dollars), Africa is emerging as one of the fastest opportunity hubs. Tech firms are taking the virtual space inexorably. App developers and the networks are taking the fight against phishing and cyber compromises by using a manual-cum-automatic approach. In a manual sense, sites, as the best example of Software as a service, are offering their visitors tips on how to encrypt their documents through passwords. They are also explaining how they are deploying their own encryption by using denial certificates and proxies to overcome data phishing.


This ranks as the land of opportunity, with some analysts banking on the huge potential of computer-literate populations to turn the tide of cloud computing from Western to Eastern domination. There is not a day that one types in a keyword with cloud on it without the many Asian conferences, each having keynote speakers, rearing its head. There are many issues to pick from these conventions but it is hard to bypass the security mandate. There are now organizations that cumulatively bring together qualified professionals into Internet hubs like Singapore. They exchange notes on the current status of security, illuminate on how app development can offer better safety, and seek ways on integrating Western and oriental safety measures in data safety.


The major focus of the Australian cloud computing scene is security. However, the tack of this land is that of an isolationist approach where the private cloud and infrastructural networks in the ‘Land Down Under’ are getting popular. Many cloud enthusiasts are deciding that their data is better off in onshore rather than offshore settings. They are also concentrating on legality concerns through their existing electronic laws. There are also hints that profile identification of users will also become a key factor in the security policies in coming times.


This is the heartland of decisions that work by the book of rules rather than by hear say. There are provisions now, in the Euro zone, for curbing third-party accessibility of data in the cloud in order to instill more profile encryptions. This liberalization of a person’s right to exist freely on the web will be very influential on how businesses implement it. For example, it is now legally binding for sites to give instantaneous reports on a cyber compromising of a document, hacking or such acts or else face penalties. The other side of the Atlantic is not happy with these laws, dynamic as they are, since American secret agencies may every now and then want to investigate a hacker whose details are in a European datacenter. However, this clash of wills may meet with amicable solutions.

The Americas

The United States represents the overall interest of security across the globe, to a great measure, since most of the innovations that lead to enhanced safety emanate from here. The US is now concentrating on staging mock shows that can anticipate a major attack on the Internet that can affect a substantial number of users. At the same time, they are holding conferences, like their Asian counterparts, to help combat overwhelming data safety concerns.

There are unified efforts, albeit a little bit different depending on settings across the globe to address security concerns. It’s only hopeful that they will lead to a better cloud model.

By John Omwamba

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