Hong Kong plans for cloud cert service

Hong Kong plans for cloud cert service

Carol Ko  |   July 04, 2013
Asia Cloud Forum
Hong Kong last week began to explore the certification of cloud computing services to help the government formulate supporting strategies for the local industry.
 
Taking the form of a third-party assessment, the cloud certification service is expected to help promote secure and wider cloud adoption in the city, especially among mobile users.
 
“Cloud computing has become day-to-day services at our fingertips, [but] before we migrate to mobile cloud, we need to address the security, privacy, service continuity, liability and legal issues,” said Agnes Mak, executive director of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) at the 'Information Security Showcase 2013' late last month.
 
“A third-party certification will be essential in assisting the community in service selection, improving service quality and promoting adoption. The ICT Panel of the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification, of which HKPC is a member, has started a study on certification services for cloud computing so as to formulate supporting strategies for the local industry,” Mak added.
 
According to Gordon Lo, HKPC's general manager (IT and business management), there are existing certification bodies that provide worldwide certification for cloud services.
 
Examples of these are Cloud Security Alliance's and British Standards Institution (BSI)'s jointly-operated three-level Open Certification Framework (STAR certification) for cloud service providers; and the MSPAlliance Unified Certification Standard (UCS) for Cloud & Managed Services Providers (launched in March 2011).
 
These third-party certification cover various aspects of cloud services: physical security, data access and privacy, service level agreements, compliance, data governance, human resources security, operations management, and risk management
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