a central point for collection of information as it relates to cloud computing in the government
are public clouds more secure than private clouds
June 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm #103993
Recently I ran across this article: http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/06/uncle-sam-looks-to-dat…
the Government as most of you know is trying to consolidate it’s 1,000
plus data centers and move into one big one that looks like it will be
in NOVA. The DCCI (Data Center Consolidation Initiative) isn’t
considering out sourcing the large data center (which could potentially
save a ton of money and time) because of safety concerns of moving to a
Microsoft or Google or whatever.
My first reaction was like yeah sensitive gov’t info should be kept private because it’s safer that way… but is it?
I kept reading though an interesting theory and or point was brought
up. A mircosoft or google has been dealing with hazards since day 1 and
knows what they are doing as far as keeping people out. As the article
states “lots and lots of users bang on public cloud infrastructure, and
admins see plenty of hostile activity. So for the same reason that
open-source code can be less buggy, public clouds have been through the
fire and can be relied on.”
do you think valid argument? And further if the choice was solely yours
would you go public for cheaper or private for more $?
By the way posted this in the Microsoft group and Google group as well so check there for more comments!
June 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm #104005
Thanks, Stephen. I don’t see it as a binary choice. It’s important to not treat all data as equal when considering privacy. The considerations for how you segregate what is complicated but, some information should remain truely private and some can be trusted with outside providers.
June 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm #104003
Yeah that’s true Steve but at the same time I feel like if we are truly going for open gov then moving stuff over into a public cloud would be a hell of a gesture to say we really want to do this!
June 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm #104001
I guess i would be on the list of folks who don’t want their private information compromised as the result of friendly gesture… 🙂
July 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm #103999
This group might be interested in this paper that provides a decision process for cloud computing implemetation.
and this month’s cloud forum discussion
Major Manny Dominguez, USAF, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) asks: “In moving capabilities to the cloud, it will be important for Government/DoD organizations to have an understanding of continuity of operations, failover, and backup and recovery capabilities, with associated SLAs. Please describe the key elements of these capabilities and how you believe Government/DoD customers can verify them, and be contractually guaranteed of their effectiveness
August 3, 2010 at 5:45 am #103997
In my opinion, the cloud is only as secure as you make it. It doesn’t matter if it is a google or microsoft or private data center. The fact is how the data center is managed, how information is managed, and how the cloud infrastructure is set up and secured. Is it really an issue of trust with sensitive information and a data control issue.
August 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm #103995
Here’s a recent article closely related to the issue of security that this group might find interesting; the legal issues of who’s responsible when data is breached:
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