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GSA focusing on cloud computing security

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Agencies concerned about security when it comes to cloud computing may benefit from a new effort that is to be made by the General Services Admission (GSA).

Federal Times reports that to ensure that IT security standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology are being adhered to the administration is to establish an inter-agency group.

Under the Fedramp effort, the Joint Authorization Board will inspect cloud computing solutions that may potentially be used by federal agencies and certify that they meet the required standards.

Members from the GSA, alongside others from the Defense and Homeland Security departments and some from an agency wanting to buy the cloud computing service, will make up the group.

Meanwhile, similar reviews will not be needed in the future if the body certifies that a vendor's cloud computing solutions are safe to utilize.

Rick Freedman has previously written in a TechRepublic blog that integration and security are important factors when it comes to cloud computing strategies.

Posted by Rachel Wheeler