Companies have been urged to review their IT security arrangements before moving into cloud computing.


Global Secure Systems have claimed that a major problem with moving into cloud computing is in the storage of data. David Hobson, GSS' managing director claimed that the storage of data to a third party company could mean the data ends up being stored almost anywhere in the world.


Hobson claimed that the likelihood of this happening is quite high, as Cloud Computing service vendors need to replicate the data around the world to maintain their own disaster recovery and data backup plans.


Hobson said: “Several vendors, notably Amazon, Google and Oracle, have launched their Cloud Computing offerings in recent weeks, and now IBM has entered the fray with its Bluehouse Web-based service, which is on active trial via the firm's Web site.


“As we've said before, the provisions of the Data Protection Act mandate that companies must clearly state to their customers where they plan to store their data, and how they will use it. The legislation also effectively means that companies must store their data within the European Union.


“Our caution here at GSS doesn't reflect on the integrity of these new Cloud Computing services in any way. It merely reflects the fact that corporate governance rules and, of course, data protection legislation needs to play catch-up with the real world.”