Although this whitepaper is provided by Microsoft themselves, they are doing an enviable job of getting their hands around the requirements of safe and secure cloud computing.  Time will tell.  And I don’t get paid to say this either.

“The main questions:

• Does the provider have a proven record of delivering secure, reliable, cloud services built to enable privacy and data protection?
• Is the provider transparent about its cloud compliance capabilities, and which responsibilities are owned by customers?
• Does the provider demonstrate leadership by participating in the development and continuous improvement of industry standards that are relevant to cloud services?
• Will the provider assist the customer to help achieve and maintain their own compliance requirements?”

The Microsoft Approach to Compliance in the Cloud – Cloud Computing | Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

Thanks to  Cloud Computing | TechNet Blogs