MSPAlliance, an international body of cloud and managed service providers, announced on Thursday that it has created a new committee to help promote data privacy and security in the managed services and cloud industry.
The MSPAlliance Commission on Data Privacy and Security for Cloud and Managed Services is an independent committee of technology vendors that will work with the channel and MSPAlliance board to shape and promote best practices.
Members of the committee include representatives from Arrow, Webroot, Fortinet, AVG, Mainstream Technologies and Ntirety.
“The Commission members of the MSPAlliance, are very eager to roll up our sleeves and do what we can to tackle the issues of trust, transparency and standards as it pertains to security, data storage and privacy in our global industry,” Stephan Tallent, Director of MSSPs Americas, Fortinet said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Commission members, as well as member of the MSPAlliance Board, to make this happen.”
The first tasks of the Commission will be to address globally accepted standards on data privacy, transparency and security, as well as develop marketing strategies around security and privacy for cloud and managed service provider environments. These strategies would be focused on the channel, as well as the end-user.
MSPAlliance has already developed some programs to offer more security for providers, launching an insurance program for cloud and managed service providers to mitigate risks in April.
Transparency in cloud contracts is an essential step in ensuring cloud services are more secure, according to a recent report by Gartner. In June, the European Commission started recruiting for a formal expert group to help make cloud contracts more transparent to end-users.
The MSPAlliance Commission will also be charged with addressing the challenges of country-specific cloud regulation, as well as addressing the loss of revenue issues related to public cloud vendors and government surveillance.
With concerns around NSA snooping, countries like Brazil have expressed the need to take matters into its own hands. Brazil’s president wants citizens to move away from US-based data centers and store their data domestically, for example, so it can comply with country-specific standards.
Elsewhere, non-US web hosts and cloud providers have seen an uptick in business since PRISM came to light. Swiss hosting company Artmotion reported a 45 percent increase in revenue, and up to $35 billion could be driven away from US cloud providers by 2016 according to recent research.