A global report by an industry software association has ranked Australia second in its preparedness to support cloud computing.
The BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard ranked 24 countries representing 80 percent of the global ICT market based on seven policy categories. “This unprecedented insight into the laws and regulations of markets around the world provides a window into which countries are best poised to capitalize on the technological and economic benefits of cloud computing,” the report said.
Australia had a near-perfect rating (p12) for data security, privacy, cybercrime, intellectual property rights and support for industry-led standards and international harmonisation of rules. Shortcomings included the absence of a legal requirement for companies to notify customers in the event of a security breach and limited general security requirements for data hosting and cloud service providers.
“It is well established that each of the individual elements of the scorecard is critical to economic growth and job creation,” the report said.
Japan ranked first followed by Australia, Germany, United States, France, Italy, UK, Korea, Spain and Singapore. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is an advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace.
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