This year promises to be one that will be remembered as the year that outsourcing to the cloud gained significant momentum. But it could also be the year that cyber-attackers target the cloud and send shockwaves through corporations by causing a huge cloud security breach.
Security is a major concern for businesses putting their systems in the cloud, but these fears don't appear to be stopping cloud computing in its tracks. Ok private clouds are being taken up by big firms that are unwilling to move to public clouds, but they could themselves be the subject of a major breach.
Peter Brudenall, outsourcing lawyer at Lawrence Graham, thinks 2012 could be the year that the cloud is shaken by a security problem. After all it is all part of learning. He said: "I predict there will be at least one major data breach affecting the cloud - and that may well cause companies to pause and re-think their use of the cloud (or at least the contractual protection they may be lacking compared to traditional outsourcing platforms)."
He also expect there to be major changes to outsourcing as a result of reforms to data protection laws. "There is a possibility of a chilling effect on cloud computing. Companies will be required to incorporate privacy by design and cloud-based providers will need to ensure they have security at the top of their agenda. "