Today in Cloud

GigaOM’s Barb Darrow reported in November on federal C.I.O. Steven VanRoekel’s decision to make the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) a standard and mandatory protocol for cloud computing deployments in the government. Well, more than 150 security controls in 16 categories have now been defined for the program, a move that a blog post on CIO.gov describes as the “critical first step to successfully launching FedRAMP.” From access control to contingency planning, the controls cover a broad swath of security concerns, and as the U.S. government attempts to further consolidate its data centers and trudge toward the cloud, this is an another step in addressing the fears surrounding security.
Infrastructure’s trusted curator, Jo Maitland, will return tomorrow!