Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

Marc Wilczek

What Governments Are Thinking About Cloud Security

What Governments Are Thinking About Cloud Security

The take of any government on cloud security is an interesting and vital issue towards better safety standards. Analysts define the governmental role as important in integrating multi-tenancy app development, access layers and infrastructure parts of the cloud through firm policies. Governing the keeping, utility and accessibility of information, and also isolating between owners and consumers of information, without breaching on privacy protocols are also other definitions of a state’s take on data. Firstly, here is a look at an insider view where governments tackle the issue of data safety from a narrow perspective, followed by a universal outlook.

In the first month of 2012, the US government’s CIO departments helped draw the policy paper for how deployment should happen in cloud-based operations of the e-government. These guidelines illuminated on fundamentals that software providers had to meet before provisioning. There were also security measures that cloud corporations creating orchestration and provisioning networks across public domains had to adopt in order to pass the test.

The above measures are some of the drafts that the American administrators have implemented in the search for a cloud security standard that can help solidify data access within the government. It helps deal with issues of multiple tenants within the same server as well as how far the clients- the administration, in this case- have power over deployed infrastructure. Finally, they also define how to collaborate in developing applications and sharing these provisions remotely without compromising on each other’s privacy.

The marines on the other hand are developing systems like the Cyber Command, whose role is to support an ever-deteriorating data framework from terrorists. The main focus is to develop an in-house cloud security tool in collaboration with major IT giants to help meet this demand. Even as this happens, the marines are also thinking about broadening the commercial aspect of the cloud into a beneficial sector within their own controls. Important features of this are cellular apps that help meet field communication demands, while the aforementioned cyber security tool will safeguard against information leaks or compromises.

Universal Outlook

State administrations usually adopt a holistic approach to cloud security when they work together with major software providers. They ensure that their systems are solid enough and that they operate only where the service has trustworthy nodes. They also ensure that all computers, in a LAN, if need be, have firewalls to offer intranet-based safety to single tenants. There are universal programs as well to consider like anti-malware products that all machines, private or civil, always embrace. The states then impose their own policies such as those that they use to isolate data streams from one department to another, so that either does not infiltrate the other’s documents, even if they share the same ministry or server.

Indeed the major breakthrough of government policies is to make cloud security a standardized item. Even when they are protecting their state-based information, they indirectly influence the policies of software vendors who maintain the same standards even in the private sector. There are even situations where finance strategies and commercial applications influence government security measures, because finance is at the heart of most cyber attacks.

By John Omwamba


John posses over five years experience in professional writing; with special interests in business, technology and general media. Driven by passion and 'glowing' enthusiasm, he has covered topics cutting across diverse industries with key target audiences including corporates, marketing executives, researchers and global business leaders. John currently freelances for CloudTweaks as a frequent writer.