Legal Issues in Clouds: Towards a Risk Inventory

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Cloud computing technologies have reached a high level of development, yet a number of obstacles still exist that must be overcome before widespread commercial adoption can become a reality. In a cloud environment, end users requesting services and cloud providers negotiate service-level agreements (SLAs) that provide explicit statements of all expectations and obligations of the participants. If cloud computing is to experience widespread commercial adoption, then incorporating risk assessment techniques is essential during SLA negotiation and service operation. This article focuses on the legal issues surrounding risk assessment in cloud computing. Specifically, it analyses risk regarding data protection and security, and presents the requirements of an inherent risk inventory. The usefulness of such a risk inventory is described in the context of the OPTIMIS project.

Djemame, K., Barnitzke, B., Corrales, M., Kiran, M., Jiang, M., Armstrong, D., Forgo, N., and Nwankwo, I., 2013, "Legal issues in clouds: towards a risk inventory", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Vol. 371, No. 1983, January 2013.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1983
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - Risk Assessment, Legal Risks, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Mutual Trust, Data Security, Legal Risk Inventory

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