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Congress

House Panel To Examine Cloud Computing Security

October 5, 2011

A House Homeland Security subcommittee will hear testimony on Thursday from a panel of government and industry officials on the security implications of cloud computing systems.

With White House backing, federal agencies are increasingly looking to cloud networks, which store information in remote data centers rather than onsite. Proponents say cloud computing has the potential to save money and streamline government IT programs, but concerns over security continue to dog the technology.

"In light of the administration's 'Cloud First Policy' and the announced transition by the Department of Homeland Security to cloud computing, my subcommittee will be examining how government information is being managed and secured in the cloud environment," Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Chairman Dan Lungren, R-Calif., said in a statement. "We also want to hear how the private sector is implementing this shared technology option, its cost savings and risk concerns."

Witnesses at Thursday's hearing include: Richard Spires, chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security; the General Services Administration's David McClure; Greg Wilshusen, director of Information Security Issues for the Government Accountability Office; James Bottum, Clemson University CIO; CA Technologies vice president Timothy Brown; Computer Sciences Corporation's James Sheaffer; and John Curran, CEO of the American Registry of Internet Numbers.

On Wednesday, a House GOP task force unveiled its proposals for cybersecurity legislation, including updating policies to reflect advances in cloud computing.

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