New book on cloud computing helps organisations assess risks in the cloud


Ely, England, 1 May 2012 – 'Cloud Computing' are the words on everyone's lips – it's the latest technology, the way forward and has many benefits - but how safe is it? Is it reliable? How secure will your information be? Just what are the risks associated with Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks, the latest book from ITGP answers these questions and many more, using jargon-free language and relevant examples, analogies and diagrams. Up-to-date, clear and comprehensive it truly is a guide to the security, governance, risk, and compliance elements of Cloud Computing.

Written by three internationally renowned experts, Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks discusses the primary concerns of most businesses leaders – the security and risk elements of the Cloud. However, 'security and risk’ are just two elements of Cloud Computing, and this book focuses on all the critical components of a successful cloud programme, including compliance, risk, reliability, availability, areas of responsibility, Cloud Computing borders, legalities, digital forensics and business continuity.

The authors Jared Carstensen, Bernard Golden and JP Morgenthal have combined their expansive knowledge and experience in the information technology, information security, Cloud Computing and IT strategy areas to produce this clear and pragmatic guide. An excellent text, Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks will enable readers to:

· Understand the different types of Cloud and establish which is the right one for their business.

  • Have realistic expectations of what a Cloud service can give them, and enable them to manage it in the way that suits their business.
  • Minimise potential disruption by successfully managing the risks and threats.
  • Make appropriate changes to their business in order to seize opportunities offered by Cloud.
  • Set up an effective governance system and benefit from the consequential cost savings and reductions in expenditure.
  • Understand the legal implications of international data protection and privacy laws, and protect their business against falling foul of such laws.
  • Know how Cloud can benefit their business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Ludovic Petit, Chief Information Security Officer, SFR comments, ‘A remarkable work of synthesis performed by the authors, this book is a must-have for anyone willing to have both a clear and pragmatic approach, as well as a better understanding of impacts on business when dealing with Cloud Computing’.

‘The book carefully analyses the current state of Cloud Computing, with a focus on the complex relationship between security, compliance and risk. It should be a most welcome read to senior stakeholders looking to embrace the new Cloud Computing wave’ adds Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab.

Ian Moyse, Governance Board Member of the Cloud Industry Forum says, ‘It delivers clarity of understanding, from what you need to know surrounding Cloud implementations through to great real-world explanations, including the impact on both the organisation and individuals involved. Treat reading this as a worthwhile investment in your future career’.

‘In discussing the state of cloud security and governance, it became clear that nowhere in the industry was a practical resource to help users understand, evaluate, and choose the right cloud solution to meet their specific needs. We decided to collaborate, drawing on our individual experience and expertise, to create the first comprehensive resource that user’s can look to to address these critical cloud computing questions.’ Bernard Golden.

‘IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is the destination that organisations should be targeting and cloud is a vehicle for getting there. The fuel for that vehicle is the governance, policy, compliance, risk management, security, architecture, organisation and trust models required to deliver reliably and consistently’ JP Morgenthal.

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance explains, ‘Whilst Cloud Computing has many benefits and organisations can reap the rewards by moving to the Cloud, they must first, and continually, address the risks associated with it. This book does a fantastic job of detailing these risks and looks at the challenges from a real-world perspective, ensuring readers will be able to manage the risks and challenges of Cloud Computing effectively for the benefit of their business.’

Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks can be purchased in multiple formats from (UK) for £39.95, (US) for $49.95 and (EU) for €47,95.

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