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January-February 2015

In the cloud

Cloud computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood topic in IT today. This revolutionary concept has reached unexpected heights in the last decade and is recognized by governments and private-sector organizations as major game-changing technology.

In the January/February 2015 ISOfocus issue, we address some of the basic questions surrounding cloud computing (including the savings and business utility the technology can offer). We also explore security concerns of the cloud services industry and how these are addressed by ISO/IEC 27018, the first International Standard on safeguarding personal data in the cloud.


Building on solid ground

Jacques Lair, Chair of technical committees for sustainable development in communities (ISO/TC 268) and sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works (ISO/TC 59/SC 17), was one of the experts who attended the recently held ISO infrastructure events in London and Singapore. Here, he shares some interesting insights on a field that has been the mainstay of his career.

User expectations will need to be taken into account in one way or another.

Leading articles from this issue

The age of cloud computing

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

Cloud computing is a new way of delivering, consuming and producing IT resources via the Internet. Forging new standards work will only boost the potential and make the technology even more promising.

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Trust and confidence in cloud privacy

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

The use of cloud computing is soaring, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner, Inc. But as more and more information on individuals and companies is placed on the cloud, concerns are being raised about just how safe an environment it is.

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Outsourcing's booming business

by Mary Ritchie

Outsourcing is a good business strategy. It improves efficiency, cuts costs, speeds up product development, and allows companies to focus on their " core competencies ". And with help from a new ISO standard, the future is looking bright.

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About ISOfocus magazine

Published in English and French, six times per year, ISOfocus is your gateway to International Standards. Whether a multinational enterprise faced with major decisions or a small business looking for ideas, ISOfocus seeks to provide both the kind of overviews that strategic planners need and the little details that can make a big difference.

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