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New DMTF work group to focus on addressing security concerns for cloud environments

The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has announced that it has begun work on a set of specifications to specifically address a cloud provider’s ability to audit their systems for potential security concerns.

The specifications will be developed in the newly formed ‘Cloud Audit Data Federation Work Group’ (CADF), which will work to enable providers to increase security capabilities to address customer concerns over cloud provider security, one of the top inhibitors to the adoption of cloud deployment models.

Virtualization and cloud computing allow customers to improve the efficiency, availability and flexibility of their IT systems over time. However, the incomplete landscape for security standards in cloud environments continues to be a concern among potential adopters. As such, a cloud provider’s ability to provide specific audit event, log and report information on a per-tenant basis is essential. DMTF’s CADF will develop open standards for cloud auditing, which will provide customers with greater trust in cloud hosted applications.

The CADF expects a preliminary specification to be ready within the next year.


•Date: 5th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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