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EU cyber security agency issues cloud deployment guide

FutureGov - The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has recommended that the European Union (EU) develop a unified strategy for government cloud in order to enable member countries to securely deploy government clouds.

The report recognises that public sector organisations are increasingly switching to cloud computing, and government clouds can simplify citizen interactions by reducing information processing time, lowering cost of government services and enhancing citizen data security. However, cloud adoption in the European government sector has been very heterogeneous.

ENISA recommends that member states develop a framework to mitigate loss of data control and a regulatory framework to address concerns regarding the physical location of data in the cloud. Governments should also encourage the development of government cloud solutions that are compliant with EU and country-specific regulations.