The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS) plans to bring IT industry leaders together to draw up a code of conduct for cloud computing in the UK.
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Cloud computing is on the verge of becoming mainstream, but a lack of clarity around the financial and operational aspects is still a major hurdle, said John Lovelock, chief executive at FAST IiS.
Potential users of cloud computing services need assurances around security, confidentiality and service level agreements, he said.
"Simply put, users need a straightforward form of certification or code of conduct for potential suppliers," said Lovelock.
The group is confident there is a desire on the part of service providers and businesses for a standard to help benchmark and validate cloud-based services, said Lovelock.
"We see the launch of such a code of conduct driving up standards so that both industry and customers benefit," he said.
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), a sub-group of FAST IiS, will co-ordinate the work. It aims to have the code of conduct drawn up by mid 2010 based on the input of members and consultants.
The group, which hopes to get input from leaders across the IT industry, includes representatives of FAST IiS, Intellect, domain name organisations, web hosts and internet lawyers.