After writing about the Cloud Security Alliance STAR (Security, Trust & Assurance Registry) project (Is my data safe in the Cloud – Part One and Part Two) last month, I have been reading some more background information published by AGIMO. There are a number of guides that have been finalised and published:
- Privacy and Cloud Computing for Australian Government Agencies
- Negotiating the Cloud – Legal Issues in Cloud Computing Agreements
- Financial Considerations for Government use of Cloud Computing
A few conversations I’ve had revolve around perceptions of cloud computing in education, and what information is suitable to moved onto a cloud-based system. Which normally means a conversation about the relative security of cloud datacentres versus on-premise data and servers.
The opening sentence in the first paper above, about cloud privacy, is very clear and helpful in the conversation:
|Despite common perceptions, cloud computing has the potential to enhance privacy safeguards used to protect personal information held by Government agencies.|
If you’re thinking about how you can expand your use of cloud services in an education institution, there’s some really useful detailed advice in the guides.