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    Jul112013

    Padlock or Gridlock?

    The folks at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) published a draft document on the federal government’s use of cloud computing security last week. Network Information Security and Technology News – not to be confused with the other NIST – has said that “it’s not enough to be secure; you have to prove you’re secure.”  OK.  That’s fair.   But are NIST’s recommendations an added security padlock or pesky cloud gridlock?

    Neither, explains Michaela Iorga, NIST Cloud Computing Security Working Group chair.  The document is a guide to the selection of the appropriate cloud-based service for company type, size, and work model.  Most businesses have three types of information that need to secure, control, and manage: digital files, emails with attachments, and paper documents. 

    “When dealing with information, there is a fine balance between making it easily accessible and usable by those who need that information, and preventing them from using that information for their own purposes,” explains Eric Leinberg, president and founder of InfoPreserve.  “The ability to secure, manage, and control information should rest with the organization to which it belongs, not the individuals who use it.”  Leinberg’s white paper, “Managing Critical Business Information,” explains that the security process is streamlined by a single repository.

     NIST’s public comment period for the cloud computing draft document runs through July 12.  What’s your opinion on the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap?  Weigh in on Above the Cloud’s comments section, or visit NIST.gov.

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    March 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBharathi Baskar.B

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