Though many IT managers are concerned about the security risks of putting corporate data in the hands of a cloud vendor, here’s one group that isn’t worried:
The folks in charge of the federal government’s IT infrastructure.
That’s the message from a recent forum on cloud adoption organized by federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.).
Kundra said he believes the risks of security in the cloud have been exaggerated. CIOs of individual departments seem to agree — many departments have begun transitioning to public cloud vendors for some services, ComputerWorld reports.
Of course, federal IT leaders acknowledge that highly sensitive data doesn’t belong in the public cloud — Kundra acknowledged the difference between using a cloud vendor to host a public website and using one to hold confidential CIA or NSA information.
That approach is the one most experts recommend for businesses, too — keep the most sensitive information and applications in house, but consider the cloud for other areas.