Cloud Computing and the Federal Government: Maximizing Trust
Cloud computing services can support nearly every mission the federal government performs - from defending the nation's borders to protecting the environment. Offering an elastic, adaptive infrastructure, cloud computing enables federal agencies and their component organizations to share information and create services, improving how agencies support the federal mission and serve the American public. Just as the benefits are obvious, however, so too are the security concerns. When consolidating their infrastructures with cloud service providers, how do federal agencies ensure that sensitive data remains secure? How do they remain in control of their information assets and compliant with U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agency-specific mandates and policies? Of equal importance is how the security concerns differ within the federal community.