back to article 'Security, privacy' main barrier to 'government cloud' rollout in EU

Security and privacy issues are holding back "the cloudification of governmental services" in the EU, according to a new report. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) said concerns about how sensitive data is protected in a cloud computing environment have not been resolved. It said data …

  1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Leading IT with Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems

    Until such times as systems embrace and explore and exploit CHAOS and the cloudification of services will they be catastrophically disadvantaged and vulnerable to takeover and makeover by systems that do, and have resolved security and privacy issues.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Leading IT with Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems

      And for those who don't know, and would be disadvantaged in the cold comfort of ignorance in the virtual team terrain where intelligence plays, CHAOS = Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems for Creative Cyber Command and Remote Autonomous Control of Powers with Fiat Currency Systems and Novel NEUKlearer HyperRadioProActive IT Weapons/Levers.

      And that aint no joke, although there is a certain security in one thinking and imagining it to be so, and being able to nothing significant and effective to counter it.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Other reasons, but not stopping cloud roll out

    There are other reasons for not going cloud; government operations are specific such as revenues, benefits, planning, etc. and there isn't a "one size fits all" solution to that.

    However, that isn't stopping some cloud projects.

    They'll hit problems, however, such as a benefits application running locally that needs to access a word processor but it's in the cloud.

    Also, I don't think that many have realised how much they're going to ramp up in terms of storage and bandwidth costs. All this is ready to bite them up the backside ... but nevertheless ... some managers are marching on to the google bandwagon.

    Never mind the organisation functions ... we can do hangouts now!

    There are other problems, like spreadsheets not being able to do macros, etc. but it seems that the spin doctors have honied voices.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cloud = outsourcing.

    We all know what sort of data gets stolen when companies outsource IT.

  4. Sixtysix

    Point Missed

    I have contributed to numerous studies on why I am not moving my infrastructure wholesale to the cloud - but no-one appears to actively RATE the answers provided: I do flag up security, because it is an issue currently, but it could be managed away. There are three* reasons, and only three* why I'm still not going to hop on board this hype train (yet):

    1 - Information Management

    2 - Cost*

    3 - Connectivity/Bandwidth/Service

    1 - Information Management - moving to cloud would utterly destroy our ability to control our Information Management policy, and Office365+Sharepoint would drive a coach and 4 through any excuse for a controlled document repository - essential for Government related organisations.

    2 - cost*: it is substantially more cost effective for me to to leverage existing investment in rooms, hardware and skills, and will remain so as I'd have to go cloud for everything ALL AT ONCE due to the interrelationship between all our systems.

    3 - Connectivity/bandwidth/service: I really do not want to have to extend my hops from client to server, increasing latency and creating a chain of new single points of failure ALL OF WHICH are outwith my control, and at the end of expensive bandwidth (organisation size/location dependent).

    * - bonus cost point - for my main job it is still cheaper to buy hardware, licences and cost operater time for (example) Exchange than use a cloudy solution - this is extrememly sensitive to organisation size however, and one smaller org I manage is now firmly "in the cloud" because the reverse was true for them!

  5. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    At a government level

    For cloud = sombody else's computer say cloud = some other country's computer.

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