TOKYO -- Guidelines designed by Japan to assure that corporations can use cloud computing services securely are expected to be adopted as the international standard.
Cloud computing allows companies to reduce costs by eliminating the need to set up their own servers, but security is a major issue because outside parties manage such sensitive information as emails and accounting data.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to revise domestic guidelines for cloud security this month. Cloud service providers will be urged to have capabilities to back up and restore data, as well as systems that monitor access of information at all times to fight unauthorized access attempts and cyberattacks, for example.
The International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, plans to draw up a final draft of security standards for cloud computing in April 2015, and new international standards are expected to take effect in October that year. Japan, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asian nations and others have already basically agreed that the new standards will be based on Japanese guidelines. Details will be worked out at meetings in April and October this year.
In 2012, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan lost the websites and emails that it managed for some 5,600 companies. There have also been cases in which user names and passwords for accessing corporate computer systems were deleted. Such incidents have led to calls for guidelines that would help companies choose secure cloud services.