Known as the Cloud First policy, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has outlined a new policy in which one-quarter of the $80 billion the federal government spends on information technology would employ cloud computing solutions.
This week's top news and views: NIST issues new guidance on securing public cloud; Senators say no Internet kill switch in their bill; Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency sees slow progress; and ex-federal CIO and mom Karen Evans on computer security and kids.
Securing data in the public cloud isn't much different from other types of IT security. "It's the same advice we give for almost any deployment of IT because it is still the right thing to do," NIST Senior Computer Scientist Tim Grance says.
"Once you get over the idea that we don't have permanent world peace, and people may need to attack each other in particular circumstances ... then maybe there's a lot of good things to say about cyberweapons," says Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics' Information Systems and Innovation Group.
"Okay, we have bad guys that might be in the system, but at least we're watching them every minute and hopefully detecting them before they do anything too bad," RSA Chief Technology Officer Bret Hartman says.