A Roadmap for Transitioning an Information Assurance Program and Others to Cloud Computing
|Issue Date||July 01, 2011|
|Publishing Date||July 01, 2011|
|Keywords||Cloud Computing, Higher Education, Information Assurance, Security, Software as a Service (SaaS)|
Cloud computing (CC) has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. Since we published a paper about CC in ISECON’2009, several new developments have taken place, including new standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other relevant research. This paper explores such recent standards and research, and cites some of the challenges facing organizations that are contemplating to move from traditional in-house infrastructure to the cloud. The paper subsequently delves into an evaluation of the potential for that transition at Eastern Michigan University’s Information Assurance (EMU-IA) program. It follows a process of assessing the requirements for typical exercises from key courses and how these can benefit from cloud computing. The paper then presents some recommendations for the deployment model, based on a weighted factor analysis, as well as general recommendations in an effort to establish a preliminary roadmap to pursue this transition further in the future.