Agencies raise questions about cloud computing

Tuesday - 11/9/2010, 5:48pm EST

Scott Carr reports on IdentEvent

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It seems like everywhere Federal News Radio goes, people are talking about the cloud.

Experts at TechAmerica’s 2010 IdentEvent questioned whether moving all agencies to the cloud is possible in the short term. This on the heels of GSA issuing its draft requirements for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

Those sitting on the “Securing the cloud: Authentication, Security & Continuous Monitoring” panel at the event, agreed that each agency has potentially different uses for the cloud that come with their own sets of concerns.

One of the questions being discussed is whether agencies should start with a private or public cloud.

David Stender, associate chief information officer for cybersecurity at the IRS, told those in attendance he’s a bit skeptical of the cloud. He said he has yet to see any cloud service provider show him how information can be kept verifiably secure through every step in the process. “Not a single cloud service provider has been able to do that yet,” he said.

Federal News Radio’s Scott Carr was in attendance at the event. Be sure to check out more of the panel’s cloud computing concerns by reading Scott’s full report.