NIST Issues Federal Cloud, Security Guidance


The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its cloud computing guide to address security and risk management concerns, GovInfo Security reports.

NIST said its Special Special Publication 800-146: Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations describe cloud in plain language, while providing guidance as to how information technology decision makers should manage cloud-based systems.

According to the report, the document details economic factors when deploying cloud, technical characteristics, reliability, security and additional challenges, among other areas of interest to federal agencies.

NIST details when cloud should be used and the different classes of cloud technology agencies should consider when determining what cloud to deploy.

In June, the government standards body agency will host a three-day forum about cloud computing in federal agencies.

The agency expects Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel to discuss cloud management with attendees.

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