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Coco Cloud aims to show that confidentiality and compliance are possible – even in the Cloud age


Security, security, security. This is the never-ending refrain when talking about cloud. Is my data secure? Will I still be compliant with regulations? Can I balance security and flexibility? These questions, and more like them, have no trivial answer. People have mixed feelings about security. On the one hand, they feel that security must be rigid, inflexible and centralized, therefore clashing with flexible access to information from anywhere and any device. On the other, they feel surrounded by big-bad-ugly wolves looking at stealing the big value hidden in their data.


You cannot solve new problems with usual practices (rephrasing a motto I love from Albert Einstein: “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”). You need innovation.


And here it is … under Framework Program 7 of the European Commission, the HP-led Coco Cloud consortium (Coco stands for COnfidential and COmpliant) has been selected to make sure that users can share data in the cloud securely and privately. Coco Cloud aims to “create a foundation for the Cloud security model”, as declared by Jakub Boratynski, head of Unit Trust & Security in DG CONNECT, European Commission. Here you can find more information in the official press release.


The Coco Cloud project consortium will deliver a framework embracing the whole lifecycle of data, and at all levels, from user devices to providers. In addition to HP, partners include the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the University of Oslo, Imperial College London, SAP, Atos (an international IT services company), Grupo Hospitalario Quiron (a private hospital group in Spain), and global law firm Bird & Bird. Italy’s AGID (Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale) has also joined the initiative.


Anywhere-anytime-access to services and trust are the two sides of the cloud coin. It will be interesting to see how Coco Cloud progresses as it seeks to identify the solutions to the Cloud’s current limitations.

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