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Kundra to Talk Cloud to Industry Crowd at Security Conference

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, Photo: omb.gov

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, who has ushered in the government’s “cloud-first” approach to federal IT, will address today a sold-out crowd of industry and technology leaders at the Cloud Security Alliance in San Francisco.

The cloud summit, held in conjunction with the RSA Conference, a well-known IT security confab, will kick off with a keynote from salesforce.com chairman Marc Benioff, whose firm has emerged as an early cloud leader.

Kundra, in a guest keynote spot, will then address the crowd.

Last week, Kundra, who announced a highly publicized reform of federal IT acquisition in December, released the federal Cloud Computing Report, which provides specifics to the catch-all catchphrase of “cloud first.”

“This policy is intended to accelerate the pace at which the government will realize the value of cloud computing by requiring agencies to evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making any new investments,” the report states.

Kundra said the debate over the cloud business model is all but over, saying leveraging shared infrastructure and economies of scale “presents a compelling business model for federal leadership.”

Still, the “broad scope and size of the cloud transformation will require a meaningful shift in how government organizations think of IT,” Kundra said. “Organizations … will now need to think of IT in terms of services, commoditized computing resources, agile capacity provisioning tools and their enabling effect for American citizens.”

The CSA Summit will also feature talks by Liam Lynch, eBay’s chief security strategist, and Phillippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys.

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