Cloud Security Fears Exaggerated, Says Federal CIO
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is vetting cloud providers to host federal public web sites for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CIO Richard Spires believes that public cloud providers are on a path to handle more sensitive government information as well. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has made cloud adoption a priority for federal agencies and believes that the fears about cloud security are overstated when applied to every federal system. For example, he is comfortable with the federal Recovery.gov site being hosted on Amazon’s EC2 cloud, since it is public data and not a matter of national security.