Following President Obama’s call for generating savings in the federal budget by taking advantage of the cost-savings from using cloud computing, several federal cloud projects are underway, with some already serving user communities. The future of cloud computing in the federal government is bright, say many experts. The move to the cloud can result in significant cost savings, reduced environmental impact, and more efficient access to broadband networks. But, while government agencies hope to be able to leverage public clouds for a variety of applications, many still will need the security of private clouds.
If ever there was any doubt whether the security industry had found a way to stop cyberespionage, the activities of the past few months should put that to rest. Hactivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec have made it clear that no computer network, not even those of security companies, are immune from penetration. Enhanced spam-filtering technology and increased user awareness are critical in combatting cyber offenses, but companies must assume their systems are already breached and should therefore analyze their network for inappropriate activity. Perhaps today’s top challenge facing senior IT personnel is to get the C-suite to sign off on implementing a 24/7 security system before the enterprise suffers a breach.