The Cloud Security Alliance announced two new initiatives for 2012 that address what the organization calls growing areas of need in cloud security: mobile computing and innovation.

In one effort, a new CSA Mobile Working Group will aim to provide research to help secure mobile endpoint computing from a cloud-centric point of view.

The group -- a coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders -- says it will look into areas such as securing application stores and other public entities deploying software to mobile devices; cloud-based management, provisioning, policy and data management of mobile devices to achieve security objectives; best practices for secure mobile application development; and resolving multiple usage roles (for example, personal and business use of a common device).

“Mobile devices are the newest generation of communication and it’s nearly impossible to separate mobile technology from cloud solutions,” said David Lingenfelter, information security officer for Fiberlink, a CSA member. “Making sure that security is an integral part of mobile technology can only be done by making sure that security in the cloud takes into account every aspect of mobile computing and this new working group will help bring those two worlds into alignment.”

CSA’s other effort, CSA Innovation Initiative (CSA-II), aims to accelerate delivery of a trusted cloud ecosystem by identifying key structural issues related to trust and security that could inhibit the adoption of next-generation technology, incubating technology solutions, and articulating a set of guiding principles and objectives the organization feels IT innovators must address.

 

 

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