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SecureCloud2014: Fraunhofer FOKUS calls for a Europe-wide harmonization of national data protection laws

News from Apr. 03, 2014

The conference took place on 1-2 April 2014 in Amsterdam, organised by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and Fraunhofer FOKUS.

Prof. Dr. Radu Popescu-Zeletin, director of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, said during the panel discussion on the topic of Data Protection and Security in the Cloud:

„For businesses and government it is important that cloud-solutions function securely across borders. For this a harmonization of the national data protection laws within Europe is required. Only this way a secure information exchange is possible. I expect important impulses from the project Cloud for Europe (C4EU), which is sponsored with almost 10 Million Euro from the European Union. The aim of the project is to develop a European cloud-strategy, to substantiate the high security requirements of the public sector and to develop usage scenarios. The results could subsequently be adapted for industry.”

SecureCloud 2014 was an opportunity for nearly 200 government experts, industry experts and corporate decision makers to discuss and exchange ideas about how to shape the future of cloud computing security. It was also a place to learn from cloud computing experts about cloud computing security and privacy as well as to discuss about practical case studies from industry and government. The opening keynote was delivered by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission. The second day began with a keynote by Richard A. Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Good Harbor and Member of the President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology.