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NIST’s Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop


This week Brivo is participating in NIST's Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop. The objective of this forum is to explore how standards can be developed and implemented to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the government sector. Dr. Patrick Gallagher, the Director of NIST, kicked off the session, noting that the Federal Government spent $82 billion on IT in 2010 and that one focus of the cloud computing effort is to de-couple information services from the physical assets required to deliver them. This "natural evolution in computer architecture," Gallagher added, is essential for enhancing the efficiency of the government.

Vivek Kundra, the US CIO, was a bit more blunt in his assessment that the government does a poor job of implementing IT projects and therefore the government "is on a one-way street to the cloud," further noting that "the cloud-first policy is central to how we are evaluating capital expenditures across the government." Several speakers addressed cloud security by noting that IT security issues were nothing new and that sound risk assessment approaches will help agencies work though these issues in their move to the cloud. Doc Shankar of IBM noted that there was no silver bullet for security and that "trust, transparency, and procedures" shared between customers and cloud providers were the true key to security.

- John Szczygiel


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