Risk Management in the Cloud

By removing most of the initial up-front costs, the Cloud Computing allows small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to enter almost any sector and compete with larger rivals. More and more businesses are experiencing cloud technology as a powerhouse tool for developing new strategies and finding new customers. Are those businesses prepared to face the risks that cloud entails? Cloud Service Customers (CSCs) like SMEs still need to understand the security and risk management changes the cloud involve.

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 for non-expert SMEs and PAs willing to adopt cloud services.

In this section you'll find a collection of reports and papers which highlight the risks related to the cloud adoption by SMEs.


CloudWATCH: taking SMEs to the cloud with the European CloudScout

Thursday, 24 September, 2015 - 14:45

More and more small businesses are using the cloud to access markets more quickly, scale and grow without initial up-front costs needed for tradition IT infrastructures. Organisations that are not using the cloud need to start their cloud journey as soon as possible, particularly small and medium-sized businesses.

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.

Towards a European trusted cloud

Focus Area

Cloud-based business is becoming the backbone of the European economy and society. Many services are based on the Cloud and several businesses and critical infrastructures are becoming increasingly dependent on it.

Overall, the speed of change in Cloud technologies and services continues to be impressive and the main transformation is driven by the Trusted Cloud and Big Data integration as visible in the Future Cloud high impact initiative: Trusted Cloud.

How Cloud Computing can empower end users?

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015 - 10:45

Cloud computing is one of the strategic digital technologies considered important enablers for productivity and better services. The most substantial impact of cloud technology could come in the cost savings and increased competitiveness of IT services available to public and private organisations, as well as opportunities leading to new services, but cloud technology could positvely increase other benefits for end users.

CloudWATCH - At the cusp of cloud meeting the Internet of Things, How can SMEs grasp new opportunities while staying safe in the cloud? - Cloudscape VII Position Paper

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015 - 12:15
Focus Area
The pressure to produce new features and new service capabilities faster than ever to keep up with the cloud now applies to many different types of businesses and government services. It brings with it an acceleration of the pace of business.

Startups Can Grow Faster When Their Roots Are in the Cloud

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 - 12:45

The cloud is the great equalizer for today’s startups. It is one of the few areas where a startup can access the same resources as large corporations. When you are thinking about starting a new business, there are a lot of factors and decisions at play that can seem overwhelming. But there are some basic guidelines that will help you maximize the value of the cloud, approaching it strategically to tap into its full power.

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).

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Cloud security fears subside once businesses get on board

Thursday, 13 November, 2014 - 09:15


Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: ‘The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself,’ and this certainly seems to be true in the case of cloud adoption.

New research from Databarracks found that the perceived security threats associated with cloud suddenly abate once an organisation adopts a couple of cloud-based services.

The Data Health Check report, which surveyed over 400 IT decision makers across the UK, found that 81% of organisations with no cloud services at all rated  security as a top factor to consider.

Cloud Computing - Benefits, risks and recommendations for information security

ENISA, supported by a group of subject matter expert comprising representatives from Industries, Academia and Governmental Organizations, has conducted, in the context of the Emerging and Future Risk Framework project, an risks assessment on cloud computing business model and technologies. The result is an in-depth and independent analysis that outlines some of the information security benefits and key security risks of cloud computing.

Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities Report 2014

Users believe that few cloud apps are used by employees and BYOD devices, while other studies noted show that hundreds of cloud apps are in use within each enterprise today. This tells us that cloud application discovery tools and analytical tools on cloud app policy use and restrictions are crucial in the workplace, especially when it comes to sensitive data being used by these cloud applications. With sensitive data being uploaded and shared by these apps with authorized and unauthorized users, policy enforcement becomes a major role in protecting your data.

CSA'a survey was circulated to over 165 IT and security professionals in the U.S. and around the globe representing a variety of industry verticals and enterprise sizes. The goal was to understand their perception of how their enterprises are using cloud apps, what kind of data are moving to and through those apps, and what that means in terms of risks.