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Don’t Fear the Cloud, Fed CIO Says

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra

Fears surrounding the security of public cloud computing have been exaggerated to discourage the federal government’s move to the cloud, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said Wednesday.

Computerworld reports Kundra spoke at a forum on Capitol Hill he organized with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) also speaking at the forum.

According to IT Government, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have expressed doubt about the security of cloud computing.

“A lot of people are sort of driving this notion of fear around security,” Kundra said. “And the reason I think that’s been amplified, frankly, is because it preserves the status quo.”

Computerworld reports Department of Homeland Security is seeking cloud providers to host the websites of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Citizen and Immigration Service.

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