Understanding and maintaining a balance between privacy and security is critical for CIOs if their cloud computing strategies are to succeed, says an IT security manager.\nPrivacy professionals organisation iappANZ president Kevin Shaw spoke to CIO about the constant challenge of cloud security and how it is a "moving target".\n\u201cYou get measures into place and of course you\u2019ve got new aspects of security opening up. The developments in technology are also another challenge, and I think getting the balance between security and privacy right is the other challenge,\u201d Shaw told CIO.\nShaw has been in the security industry for 15 years and is currently the information security manager at Foxtel. While he couldn\u2019t comment specifically on his role at the pay TV provider, he said cloud provides a great opportunity for businesses if managed well.\n\u201cI would say that for any organisation looking at the cloud you have to make sure you\u2019re looking at privacy in that environment and you understand what your principles are and enforce those.\u201d\n\u201cYou need to have a very clear understanding of how you\u2019re going to map those cloud based services into that security setting,\u201d Shaw said.\nNow number two on Gartner\u2019s last annual CIO survey of key technology investments, cloud computing is on the rise, but Shaw said while the cloud market is expanding and a variety of clouds are being developed, the issue of privacy is not often addressed by both consumers and businesses.\n\u201cA lot of people are moving their personal information and their data up to these cloud based services and I wonder if there\u2019s an adequate understanding of the security behind this.\u201d\nShaw said the iapp conference is aimed at helping CIOs understand compliance around cloud security and give an insight into some of the issues.\n\u201cWhen CIOs are looking at privacy there are definitely a couple of things they need to look at. What we\u2019re doing at the conference in November is looking at the compliance perspectives on cloud computing. But you\u2019ve got to look at a couple of things. How am I managing my privacy compliance when I\u2019m moving my services onto the cloud? Am I still compliant with a number of jurisdictions? How do I start reporting on my compliance on both?.\u201d\nShaw also said customer data protection and maintaining a services contract perspective were important issues that the iapp conference will look at from a variety of angles.\n\u201cThe aim is to look at issues around privacy and cloud computing from a government perspective, from an advocate perspective, from a business perspective both from the view of the provider and the consumer, from a privacy professionals perspective, and lastly from a technology perspective.\u201d\nClick here to find out more about the annual iappANZ Australasian Privacy Conference being held in Sydney in November.