Managing Risks of Cloud Computing the Focus of COSO’s Latest Thought Leadership

June 25, 2012 /

In response to the growing number of organizations utilizing cloud computing as a viable alternative for meeting their technology needs, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) has published a new thought paper titled Enterprise Risk Management for Cloud Computing.

As with any new technology, cloud computing entails commensurate risks. The thought paper provides guidance on following the principles of the COSO Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) – Integrated Framework to assess and mitigate the risks arising from cloud computing.

“The advent of cloud computing is causing executives to revisit how they would like their enterprises to be supported by technology,” said Warren Chan, co-author of the paper and a principal at Crowe Horwath LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm. “Applying COSO’s ERM framework to the business processes being supported by cloud solutions will provide management with a complete view of the associated risks, benefits and risk response options.”

Enterprise Risk Management for Cloud Computing is the latest in a series of COSO papers providing organizations and ERM practitioners guidance on effective risk management.

“The potential benefits cloud computing can bring an organization are numerous, but they are just part of this unfolding story,” said COSO Chairman David Landsittel. “This publication builds on COSO’s existing ERM guidance by helping executives incorporate risk management into their cloud strategy, and assisting board members in their oversight role in this emerging area.”


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