Grant Thornton join consortium for global research into cloud security

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Grant Thornton
join consortium for
global research into cloud security

5 April

2013

S
eeing the increased trend in cloud

computing, Grant Th
o
r
nton’s F
orensic
i
nvestigation

team

in the Netherlands have joined a European led consortium to
address the
security
issues

surrounding the
cloud
.


CIRRUS
(Certification, InteRnationalisation and standaRdisation in cloUd Security)

is made
up of
six

international organisations and is further supported by computer gi
ants,
governments and universities who will all spend the next two years researching the
security
and forensic
issues surrounding cloud computing and how best to tackle the issues that
ar
ise
.
This
is a European project taking the lead to work towards global standardisation of
cloud security and to share 'best practices' from the ICT industry, science,
governments/investigative services and users. The aim is to make cloud comp
uting safer,
better and more attractive.



The consortium

will be

led by Atos from Spain

and its
partners Cloud Security Alliance,
Austrian Standards Institute, Portakal Teknoloji from Turkey, the Information Technology
Promotion Agency of Japan and Grant

Thornton

from the Netherlands.
R
epresentatives of
companies such as Google, Microsoft and IBM sit on the International Advisory
Board.


Governments and universities from Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK
are also involved.



Grant Thornton
will
be investigating the way in which
cloud
-
based
forensic IT
investigations

can be strengthened. This include
s

issues such as (better) standardisation and
certification.


Mark Hoekstra
, P
artner at Grant Thornton Netherlands
commented
:

"Cloud
-
based forensic IT investigations are still in
their

infancy. For law enforcement and
for private investigative services, it's a question of whether the

data stored on local servers
regarding organisations or people is also available for (fraud) inve
stigatio
ns if this data is in
the cloud.

From a legal point of view, this data exists in a complex, virtual environment. It is
not always clear in which country data is located or who has changed, erased or manipulated
data and at which location. This leads us to ask

what jurisdiction determines

the legal
context in which the data investigation must take place and under what conditions is
unrestricted access possible? And if that access is already there, how much time is needed
and how many international legal procedures are necessary to retrieve

or transport the data?
In short, there is a need for
global
standards when it comes to cloud
-
based forensic IT
investigations."



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ends



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