The age of cloud computing has dramatically changed the IT landscape across the world. Governments and industry, across the world are increasingly embracing cloud-based technologies. Organizations use different cloud models suited to their needs – public cloud, hybrid cloud or private cloud. Adoption of cloud depends on variety of factors, of which cyber security and privacy concern are atop.

To ensure this game-changing technology is maximally beneficial to all stakeholders, issues of cloud computing - governance, cyber security, risk, and compliance are required to be dealt with more carefully. Moreover, an evaluation and assessment of various cloud adoption models, international cloud standards, advancements in laws and regulations impacting cloud adoption, best practices etc. are central to a sustainable beneficial approach to cloud computing.

Enhanced trust on the cloud may come from more matured processes, technology adoption and complying against the standards. Security and privacy issues have posed challenges for the governments and policymakers in formulating cloud policy - balancing the need to fulfill their national security and law enforcement responsibilities yet allow the technological environment to thrive and deliver economic benefit.

To contribute in building secure cloud adoption, DSCI engages with various stakeholders in the domain- policymakers, service providers, users and academicians involved in the cloud evolution. DSCI work in cloud computing domain encompasses key learning around the critical challenges of regulation, security & privacy aspects, and overarching governance issues in the cloud. DSCI has been actively involved in the study and analysis of the policy direction of governments worldwide, including contributions to develop international cloud standards. Our Policy recommendations have included the creation of assurance mechanisms and clarification of existing laws.