Cloud computing is a relatively new technological innovation. Data and information systems are processed and stored in a cloud-like center which can be accessed from any point. Corporations all over the world entrust highly confidential information about their clients and about their establishments in the hands of a third party provider.
This requires a great deal of trust which is traded for the numerous advantages that cloud computing tend to offer, parts of which include reduction in overall costs, allowing several users to access a single server simultaneously without undue interferences and increased efficiency due to proper maintenance.
Despite these opportunities that are offered by cloud computing, the subject of confidentiality is one that stirs a great deal of sensitivity especially in this age of high level information breaches that affect even the greatest corporations in the entire globe.
It is therefore not surprising that Microsoft has come up with series of more stringent policies to ensure adequate protection of users’ information while on the other instilling confidence in its clients.
Microsoft values trust and positions it as the core of other control policies and this is evident in several of its trust-driven certifications among which include HIIPA, EU model clauses and its trust center websites where it relays latest information to its end users. There is also the newly established digital crimes unit which ensures protection using the legal, forensics and data analysis perspectives.