Benefits & Risks

Public Administrations (PAs) and agencies are starting to see the wider benefits of cloud computing like big data managing and costless efficiency. Nevertheless, Cloud Service Customers (CSCs) like PAs and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) still need to understand the security and risk management changes the cloud entails. In addition, CSPs are not aware of the additional security requirements and controls necessary to protect PA’s data. Thus the cloud service customers crucially require mechanisms that enable them to understand the changes in risk management that the cloud entails.

CloudWATCH2, with the D3.2 Risk Based Decision Making Mechanism For Cloud Service In The Public Sector, proposes an initial version of a risk-profiling methodology specifically suited for non–expert PAs willing to adopt cloud services.
In this section of the website, you can browse through a collection of reports and papers which highlight the risks of cloud computing for the public sector.


Risk Management

Tuesday, 12 July, 2016 - 13:15

CloudWATCH2 services include the provision of cloud risk management guides for private and public organisations to lower barriers and ensure a trusted European cloud market. In order to accomplish this objective CloudWATCH2 released D2.3 Risk-Based Decision Making Mechanisms For Cloud Service In The Public Sector.

DSM:driving economic growth - EU Cloud initiative

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015 - 11:30

The Digital Single Market Strategy will maximise the growth potential of the European Digital Economy and of its society, so that every European can enjoy its full benefit.

The economy and society of Europe need to make the most of digital. 47% of EU population is not properly digitally skilled, yet in the near future, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital skills.

The Commission will:

Public Vs Private Cloud

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015 - 11:15

For the past few years everyone has marked-out a constant increase in public and private clouds. Whether to adopt a public cloud approach (off-premise IT capability or application, provided by others) or go for private cloud (on-premise enablement of cloud possibilities with existing IT) has always been an incensed topic for debate throughout the IT industry and the business.

Transitioning to the Cloud: is the public sector buying in? - 24 October 2014

The public sector is one of the three pillars of the European cloud strategy. The European Commission has spared no effort to spur governments on to become thoroughly cloud-active - including across borders - in the best interest of their citizens and businesses. Our distinguished panel provided a state of play in this respect. They shared their perspective on how effective the various instruments developed by the Commission have proven and on a possible way forward.

Why Is Big Data Is So Big In Health Care?

Friday, 22 May, 2015 - 15:30


Far and away, the industry that pops up the most in discussions of big data is health care. It’s not surprising, if you think about it. Lots of disparate sources of data, much of it unstructured. An industry dying to become more cost-effective – or, at least, less wasteful. And an onslaught of new devices designed to automate the process of collecting data, on order to keep professionals from having to be on hand to do so.


The Intercloud - Understand how the Intercloud elegantly meets Public Sector IT requirements.

Setting the context of Government Cloud
Public Sector IT departments have traditionally been focused on managing technology and keeping operations running smoothly. Today, they must expand their scope beyond just running the overall digital environment. IT must align to the needs of government leaders and offer tailored services with a range of options for cost, security and performance.

ENISA top 8 cloud risks

Thursday, 12 February, 2015 - 16:00


A brief introduction into the top cloud risks according to the European Network and Information Security Agency. This is part of CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge).

Learn more on risks such as:

Benefits of Cloud Computing in the public sector

Benefits of Cloud Computing in the public sector

This short film from the FP-7 SUCRE explains benefits of cloud computing in the public sector. Cloud Computing its not about investing upfront, its about security as you do not risk your service being destroyed by accident.

Meet Neil and see how Cloud Computing helped him overcome the problems, an overstrained it infrastructure with high maintenance cost caused him.