According to a recent government report, most US federal agencies are concerned about potential information security risks associated with cloud computing.
Last week, many suppliers of cloud-based services met government officials to discuss the drawback and benefits of cloud computing.
As a result, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) said in its latest report that 22 out of 24 major federal agencies are either concerned or very concerned about the potential security risks associated with cloud computing.
The report concludes that cloud computing can both increase and decrease the security of information systems in federal agencies.
Mike Bradshaw, director of Google's federal government group said at the meeting between suppliers and government officials, that cloud computing can improve security.
"The cloud enhances security by enabling data to be stored centrally with continuous and automated network analysis and protection," he stated.
Microsoft security representatives have made similar claims, but in the meeting the president of Microsoft's computing group, Scott Charney has said that there are risks.
He warned that cloud computing presents new security, privacy and reliability challenges. he also emphasised that security is a shared responsibility that cloud providers and government clients still need to address.
Charney proposes that these issues can be dealt with through the communication of requirements and complete transparency about the utility of controls put in place to meet those requirements.
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