Are you concerned about putting important project data in the cloud? Technology providers recognize these concerns and are working to ensure information is secured.

For example, Aconex, www.aconex.com, San Francisco, Calif., recently joined the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance), www.cloudsecurityalliance.org. This not-for-profit organization aims to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing.

Aconex provides cloud-based solutions built specifically to manage information and processes for construction and engineering projects. Aconex has made contributions, providing support to owners, contractors, and EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) firms, delivering more than 16,500 projects worldwide, valued at more than $1 trillion.

As these projects typically involve large numbers of interdependent companies collaborating, what’s essential is neutral access to all project participants and stakeholders. At the same time, project team members must retain control and ownership of their proprietary information.

Project information security in the cloud is critical to global construction industry insiders, as projects are complicated—with large, geographically dispersed teams, and risk increasing. Increasingly information security—in addition to high performance and scalability—is a cornerstone in global service delivery infrastructure.

Key elements of the company’s security architecture include: annual certification of operations with ISO 27001, third-party data centers with colocated instances in all geographic regions, compliant with TIA942 Tier III standards for redundancy, flexible access permission controls—by project, by company, and by individual—advanced authentication options for simple yet secure user identity validation, and data encryption and control of what information is shared with other organizations on a project team.