The Ethics and Security of Cloud Computing
he shift from desktop- and server-based software to Software as a Service (SaaS) or "Cloud computing" is one of the most significant transitions in computing to occur in the last 20 years. While the benefits offered by cloud computing are numerous, several outstanding questions remain regarding the relative security of cloud-based systems as compared to traditional, on-premises solutions. In a law firm context, the use of cloud computing raises ethics issues around storing confidential client data on a system the attorney may not own or otherwise control. The discourse on the ethics of cloud computing took a significant step forward in March 2010 with the issuance of a proposed Formal Ethics Opinion (FEO) on cloud computing by the North Carolina State Bar.