Cloud Computing News: Initiative Could Speed Fed Cloud Adoption

A new program called FedRAMP that is expected to be launched in the next few months could speed federal agencies’ adoption of cloud computing.

The lack of a governmentwide authorization program for contracted IT services has hindered federal adoption of cloud computing, Peter Mell, Cloud Computing Advisory Council vice chairman, said Monday in an interview with GovInfoSecurity.com. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, could mitigate those challenges, he said.

The governmentwide initiative would provide joint authorizations and continuous security monitoring of shared IT services for federal departments and agencies that enter contracts with outside providers, including those offering cloud computing solutions.

Cloud Computing: Accessing the cloud

Making the move from on-premises applications and data storage to cloud-based applications and data storage is a big step, and one of the first things that comes to mind is access. “Can I get to my data and apps?” “Will there be latency and delay?”

The fallacy of direct control

The most immediate advantages of the cloud is the lack of an up-front capital investment, and freeing the internal IT staff to attend to more pressing concerns. But beyond that, there are advantages that relate directly to security.