Making Cloud SLAs readily usable in the EU private sector

SecureCloud 2016 take-aways/2

We’re seeing rapid adoption of the cloud. A recent survey by Intel asked enterprises at what point in the future will their infrastructure be in the cloud. Not surprisingly, the average answer was 16 months as more and more businesses hand over the complexities of their IT to someone else.

The implications? Fewer companies will need to hire their own people to look after their IT but they will need to hire lawyers and experts that can handle cloud contracts and service level agreements (SLAs).

Raj Samani, Intel Security CTO, during last SecureCloud conference dedicated a keynote about future cloud adoption.


Key messages from his keynote speech.

An evolving landscape

Cloud is the foundation of IoT.  As we move forward everything will be mobile and an increasing amount of devices. In the smart grid environment there will be loads of devices driven by the cloud. They are moving to the cloud as there is so much data flying around.

For example: Smart meters. NIST recommends that smart meters  take data every 15 mins. This is a massive amount of data. This gives the data collector information on which utitiltes are being used, when and event what model. This is worrying as you it gives too much data about the individual. An individual’s movements and habits can be tracked.


Tackling Challenges Head on

The cloud is the backbone of a multitude of devices and data. Organisationss are going to want to access this data. Therefore there will be more and more third party access to this data. Currently, there is not enough transparency on what happens to data.

The STAR Registry is important step towards greater transparency and Cloud audits. CASBI (Cloud Access Security Broker) are the next big thing, letting organisations create a business case on security. Here is an enablement technology for removing and owning complexity issues.

We have to start to make it ubiquitous adoption of cloud audit. There is a real need to integrate trust in systems. CSA is leading the charge in creating tools to make our society more transparent.


The real issues that SLA-Ready addresses

The biggest issue in the cloud is not security, it’s actually transparency and trust. This is where SLA-Ready comes into play, fostering positive changes in current practices around Service Level Agreements by providing a common understanding of SLAs for cloud services with greater standardisation and transparency so companies can make an informed decision on what services to use, what to expect and what to trust.