Cloud Computing Security Considerations

Cloud computing offers potential benefits including cost savings and improved business outcomes for Australian government agencies. However, there are a variety of information security risks that need to be carefully considered.

This discussion paper assists agencies to perform a risk assessment and make an informed decision as to whether cloud computing is currently suitable to meet their business goals with an acceptable level of risk.

The document addresses the following topics:

  • availability of data and business functionality
  • protecting data from unauthorised access
  • handling security incidents.