Are you relinquishing control when you operate in the cloud?

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    Interview with Amazon VP on Cybersecurity and the Cloud:
    Excerpt: “Aliya Sternstein interviewed Adam Selipsky, vice president of Amazon Web Services, to discuss federal manager’s worries about IT security in the cloud.
    Nextgov: When government officials are concerned about handing control of their data to a cloud services provider, what do you say to assure them of your networks’ safety and security?
    Selipsky: The word control is a good word. . . . I think there is often an initial fear of loss of control, but I think what most of them, such as Recovery.gov, Wall Street firms, large pharmaceutical firms, come to realize pretty quickly is that they are not relinquishing control of things that are really important to them. The data is going to be where you put it.”
    Is this a concern in your agency?
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    Steve Zaro
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    I think you make a good point, Andrew. A significant part about data control is often illusion. Not ALL data requires a deep level of control and security. In procurement for example, you want the largest pool of users outside your network to be accessing information so you can evaluate the largest amount of bids and get the best price and service combination. The cloud provider, if they are worth their salt, will provide a sufficient amount of data and application security (validatng users/access for example) for mitigating threats. And an agency definately doesn’t want this traffic or user type on their own network, which would be isolated for government employees. And when the contract process is complete, the agency can safely remove the contract information to their local accounting system.

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