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Cloud Security: Better Than We Think?

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November 14, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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Cloud computing has flunked a security test, reports Tim Wilson at Dark Reading. That probably doesn’t surprise you. Conventional wisdom says clouds are inherently insecure.

But are they? Or are clouds actually more secure than conventional IT environments? A growing number of technologists are making that argument. And they’re not cloud vendors or marketers or startups who have placed their bet on the cloud. They’re some of the senior-most technology officials in government, including those from intelligence agencies and the military, which might be the last place you’d expect to hear such talk.

The list of execs touting the security advantages of the cloud has grown to include federal CIO Steven VanRoekel; Gen. Keith Alexander, head of both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command; CIA CTO Gus Hunt; NIST security researchers Peter Mell and Dr. Ronald Ross; and former NSA director Adm. Mike McConnell.

Their comments on cloud security are often accompanied by the caveat, “if you do it right.” In other words, cloud security only happens through a combination of vigilance, best practices, and technology, including encryption, patching, and monitoring.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.