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Security worries cloud Web migration

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September 19, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Responses
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via Politico

Federal agencies — ranging from the Defense and State departments to the National Institutes of Health — are having second thoughts about moving government secrets and essential functions to the Web in the face of a growing number of cyberattacks from online assailants.

The agencies worry that a White House policy instituted late last year requiring them to move services to cloud computing — a policy dubbed “cloud first” — puts their concerns over cybersecurity second.

Some are holding off on making the jump to the cloud until security concerns are addressed.

“We’re sitting back and waiting since we are a security agency,” said Cynthia Cassil, director of systems integration for the State Department’s chief information officer. “We don’t want to be one of the early adopters. We want to be a follower — but we do want to comply with OMB [Office of Management and Budget] and put our toes out in the water.”

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