Cloud computing offers potential benefits including cost savings and improved business outcomes for government and private industry. However, there are a variety of information security risks that need to be carefully considered. Risks will vary depending on the sensitivity of the data to be stored or processed. The Australian Department of Defence has released their initial guidance on cloud computing.
This paper assists agencies to perform a risk assessment to determine the viability of using cloud computing services. This document provides an overview of cloud computing and associated benefits. Most importantly, this document provides a list of thought provoking questions to help agencies understand the risks that need to be considered when using cloud computing.