Beware business cloud dangers, says EU agency

Businesses should use caution when procuring cloud services, according to the European agency charged with promoting IT security good practice.

Businesses should use caution when procuring cloud services, according to the European agency charged with promoting IT security good practice.

The European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) on Friday published advice and a checklist for organisations thinking of jumping into the cloud, outlining the benefits and risks of using online service provision.

Primarily, organizations should beware of lock-in to cloud services, Enisa told ZDNet UK on Friday. "There is very little in the way of tools and standards for exporting data from one provider to another," said Enisa network security expert Giles Hogben. "That's one of the biggest risks."

Enisa risk management expert Daniele Catteddu told ZDNet UK that governance issues were also a major risk. "There are client code issues like patching, security testing, and policy enforcement," he said.

For more, read "Beware business cloud dangers, says EU agency" on ZDNet UK.