IT decision makers have long questioned the security of cloud computing, with some schools – such as Yale – delaying conversions to Google’s eMail system.

About one in three campus respondents “believe that the vulnerability of cloud computing and on-campus hosting are relatively equivalent,” according to the Norwich survey.

Some prominent campus technologists have argued against cloud computing adoption throughout higher education.

At the 2009 EDUCAUSE conference in Denever, Melissa Woo, director of cyber infrastructure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, argued against unquestioned acceptance of cloud computing in higher education, pointing out glaring weaknesses in the cloud system.

“Where [are] our student data being stored? Where [are] our research data being stored?” Woo said. “These are all risks we need to mitigate.”


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