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Mark Kneidinger: DHS Aims to Help Other Agencies Secure IT Migration to Cloud

cloud securityThe Department of Homeland Security has partnered with the Federal Chief Information Officers Council and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program office to help accelerate agencies’ adoption of cloud-based information technology applications, FierceGovernmentIT reported Thursday.

writes Mark Kneidinger, DHS director of federal network resilience, said Tuesday at a House subcommittee hearing that DHS is helping to develop additional strategies to address security risks in government cloud migration efforts.

Kneidinger told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s IT subcommittee the collaborative efforts aim to formulate a “high confidentiality, high integrity and high availability” cloud security baseline and avoid use of duplicative cloud development tools.

He and other testifiers at the meeting pointed to security and cultural shift as among the factors that keeps government agencies from adopting cloud technology, the publication reports.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said a Government Accountability Office study found that agencies collectively doubled their cloud IT budget from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2014.

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