Many governments around the world, both national and local, are grappling with creating or updating their ICT policies to cope with the new world of cloud computing. Governments and enterprises are also looking at their own procurement policies when it comes to cloud computing.
To assist with this process, the experts participating in the ISO and IEC standards development process have produced a Technical Report (TR) aimed at those tasked with creating such policies.
Rather than a lot of technical information, the TR is written for an audience of legislators, regulators, lawyers, and others involved in the development of cloud computing policy. Prior engineering knowledge is not required.
The report includes:
- An easy-to-grasp explanation of the key features of cloud computing
- A simple analysis of how cloud computing is different to traditional ICT, why these differences matter, and why they need to be taken into account when developing policy
- An explanation of the many international standards that can be referenced to make policies easier to write, clearer, more consistent, and more future-proof.
- A set of “considerations”; ideas to think about when developing regulatory, advisory, or procurement policies affecting cloud computing services, for both governments and enterprises.
The report may also provide a useful introduction to the world of cloud computing, and to the various international standards that are helping to provide understanding, consistency, and transparency for both regulators and cloud service customers.
This new TR is available as a free download.