EC selects HP to coordinate CoCo cloud project
An EC-funded project aimed at creating an efficient and flexible framework for confidential and compliant (CoCo) cloud transactions which kicked off at the end of 2013 will be coordinated by HP, according to the Commission.
The consortium working on the project, which is now being led by HP’s Italian subsidiary and includes participation from SAP, Oslo University and Atos among others, aims to create enforceable data sharing and data management practices and agreements among cloud service providers and consumers, and take a “compliance by design” approach to these practices as they apply to cloud-based platforms.
The consortium will also deliver end-to-end solutions that bridge data repositories and user devices (mobile or fixed) with user-defined rules for storing, sharing and accessing data in a secure way.
The programme is starting to gain traction just weeks after European Parliament voted to adopt a final draft of the European Commission’s data protection reforms, which will create a single overarching data protection regulation for all European member states.
“The outsourced nature of the Cloud, and the inherent loss of control that goes along with that, means that sensitive data must be carefully controlled to ensure it is always protected (in the most appropriate way for a given situation). Protecting data (including personal information) is essential to citizens, governments and organizations across all sectors, including healthcare and banking,” the groups said.
“Coco Cloud will contribute to fulfil the pervasive need for data usage protection in cloud services that arises from different stakeholders, including business organizations and citizens, and overcoming the limitations of currently available technology offerings.”
The EC said the €4.6m project is central to its efforts to help create a single market for secure cloud computing in Europe.
“The goal of Coco Cloud is to create a foundation for the cloud security model,” said Jakub Boratynski, head of Trust and Security Unit within DG CONNECT for the European Commission.
“It will help overcome regulatory and legal issues among EU countries to ensure that sensitive data is carefully controlled and always protected by context-adaptive solutions. As trust in cloud increases, so will the trust of users in cloud services, ultimately benefitting the digital economy and society in general.”
Xavier Poisson Gouyou Beauchamps, vice president HP Cloud EMEA commented on the project: “Coco Cloud will contribute to meeting the pervasive need for data usage protection in cloud services by overcoming the limitations of currently available technology offerings. Of the 75 research proposals submitted to the EC in the trust & security domain, this was one of only 12 to be adopted.”