RSA Coverage: Japan Offers Best Privacy and Security Policies for Cloud

If you want a secure and private cloud-computing environment, there is no safer place than Japan.

On Thursday, The Business Software Alliance (BSA), the software industry’s international watchdog, previewed findings from the forthcoming 2012 Global Cloud Computing Scorecard.

The pre-release only shows the scores in the privacy and security categories. The scorecard, which is set for a full release on March 7th, examines the policy environments of 24 countries that together account for 80 percent of the global information and communications technology market. It assesses their laws and regulations in key areas for cloud computing, such as data portability, cybercrime, and IT infrastructure and assigns points to each nation.
Each country’s score is computed using a 66-item scoring grid and analyses. The scores are derived using a weighted system that allocates different weights to each section/question. For example, data piracy and security are weighted at 10% (or a total value of 10 points each), while ICT Readiness is given the highest weight: 30%  (or 30 points total). This method leads to a perfect score of 100.

Last year, Japan led the way with 83.3 points.

“Trust and security are critical issues for cloud computing,” President and CEO Robert Holleyman said in statement. “But mismatched privacy and security rules are making it hard for data to flow across borders. International service providers are being locked out of local markets. Countries are unplugging themselves from the rest of the world, and it is undercutting economies of scale that could benefit everyone.”

The top spots in security and privacy policy continue to be held by Japan, Korea, the U.K and Canada. The United States finished in a tie for 5th with France, maintaining the same score from last year, proving that there is plenty of room for improvement in cloud security policies.

At this week’s RSA show, there were 23 sessions held on cloud security, with titles including: “The Cloud Ate My Network” and “Get Off My Cloud. The number of sessions is an obvious sign this emerging area of discussion is here for the long haul. Policy improvement will hopefully not be too far behind.

In order to get there, Hollyman maintains that balance in approach is key.

“One of the best examples of striking the right balance is Singapore. It has jumped way up in the Scorecard rankings by adopting a law that gives consumers confidence their data is protected while allowing businesses flexibility to innovate.”

Combined Privacy and Security Scores

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