The Enterprise Grid Alliance has issued a checklist of security requirements for grid computing.
The alliance, which includes Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and EMC, was set up last year top promote the use of grid computing by larger businesses.
Its Enterprise Grid Security Requirements paper aims to help users make informed risk management decisions when they use enterprise grids.
The document is intended as a guide for end-users, standards organisations and vendors. It outlines the risks and threats inherent in enterprise grid computing and sets out a set of security measures to tackle them.
The security requirements are vendor neutral, technology and implementation agnostic, and would be updated as the enterprise grid market evolved, the alliance said.
Lee Cooper, chairman of the Enterprise Grid Alliance grid security working group and director for security program management at Oracle, said: “As a result of our analysis, we've concluded that enterprise grid environments are better positioned to satisfy a company's security and compliance objectives when compared to traditional models of computing. This appears true during initial deployment, as well as throughout the lifetime of the grid.”