Esri and Cloud Computing
Not only does cloud computing consist of software as a service, data and other content can be hosted externally as well. However, this is not with-out risk. Security and privacy are top concerns when considering moving to the cloud. Founded in 2008, the non-profit Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) seeks to address the lack of security assurance standards for cloud computing, working with the Open Grid Forum, among other groups. Recently, the CSA established a Trusted Cloud Initiative for developing standards and certification of cloud security, identity management, and compliance.