The federal government is excited about the cloud – although there are some concerns about privacy and security as the decade-long implementation moves forward.
“The cloud can allow teleworkers to easily and securely access their data and work from wherever they happen to be, ” Mike Bradshaw, lead of Google’s federal cloud computing program, said at a congressional hearing, according to Reuters. “The cloud saves taxpayers money.”
“As we move to the cloud, we must be vigilant in our efforts to ensure the security of government information, protect the privacy of our citizens, and safeguard our national security interests, ” U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told lawmakers, according to Reuters.
The shift to the cloud computing model comes a time of global cyber concerns, such as the recent dispute between Google and China over an attack the search engine said came from within China.