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Regulating the CloudPolicy for Computing Infrastructure$
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Christopher S. Yoo and Jean-Francois Blanchette

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029407

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029407.001.0001

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Finding Security in the Clouds

Finding Security in the Clouds

(p.61) 2 Finding Security in the Clouds
Regulating the Cloud

Marjory S. Blumenthal

The MIT Press

The growing importance of cloud computing has heightened the importance of cloud security. At the same time, the Snowden revelations and the accompanying calls for localization have made cloud policy debates increasingly international in scope. Unfortunately, cloud providers lack strong incentives to enhance security, have been reluctant to partner with government to develop solutions, and are concerned that being classified as critical infrastructure will subject them to heightened regulatory burdens. Although regulatory efforts to date have focused on voluntarism in order to preserve incentives for innovation, government oversight of the cloud has become increasingly regulatory in nature, focusing largely on risk management. The growing social importance of the cloud is placing pressure on cloud providers to accede to vulnerability assessments and reporting despite their ambivalence about government involvement in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

Keywords:   cybersecurity, scale economies, critical infrastructure, public-private partnership, location independence, incentives, interdependence, inter-cloud, risk management

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