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Karen Evans Proposes Cybersecurity Plan for Federal Cloud

cloud securityKaren Evans, a former Office of Management and Budget official, has co-authored a white paper on the government’s cybersecurity activities and cloud computing initiatives, FierceGovernmentIT reported Wednesday.

David Perera writes the paper, entitled “Staying Safe in Cyberspace: Cloud Security on the Horizon,” focuses on the implementation of stronger information technology controls to coordinate federal security programs with the use of cloud computing.

Evans, who served as OMB administrator for e-government and IT under President George W. Bush, and Julie Anderson of Civitas Group recommended measures such as:

  • Identity verification for cloud and mobile access using the federal identity cards
  • Risk penetration testing as security requirement for cloud providers under FedRAMP
  • Cloud log files for monitoring
  • Stricter metrics to measure effectiveness of security

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