The potential for cloud computing to make government and businesses more agile, save money and deliver scalable services has been well-covered by the media. The issues that surround cloud computing security, although obscured by the hype, are no less serious. What kind of data can be moved safely to the cloud? Where can it be stored, and with what protections? What authorities are in charge of evaluating the strength of cloud computing security and auditing implementation? What are the legal implications of moving government services or data into public clouds?
This session, moderated by InformationWeek’s Nick Hoover, will provide perspective on this questions and more, highlighting what both government and business IT executives need to know about security in the cloud.
Nick Hoover is a senior editor for InformationWeek Government, where he covers the federal IT sector. He has written numerous cover stories, features and news stories for the publication and its Website, with recent pieces including an in-depth profile of current federal CIO Vivek Kundra, a story on the government’s need to secure the “cyber supply chain,” and ongoing coverage of key government IT trends like cloud computing and social media. In his time with InformationWeek, Hoover has covered various beats, including networking, Microsoft, collaboration and cloud computing.
Peter Mell is a senior computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the initial program manager for the upcoming Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) which will provide a centralized unified risk management program for the government. He is also the chair of the interagency Cloud Computing Security Working Group and vice chair of the interagency Cloud Computing Advisory Council. Lastly, he is also the creator of the United States National Vulnerability Database, co-creator of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), and lead author of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) vulnerability metric used to secure credit card systems worldwide. His research experience includes the areas of cloud computing, security metrics, security automation, vulnerability databases, and intrusion detection systems (IDSs).
Chris Hoff has over 19 years of experience in high-profile global roles in network and information security architecture, engineering, operations, product management and marketing with a passion for virtualization and all things Cloud.
Hoff is currently Director of Cloud and Virtualization Solutions of the Security Technology Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco,he was Unisys Corporation’s Systems & Technology Division’s Chief Security Architect. Additionally, he served as Crossbeam Systems’ Chief Security Strategist, was the Chief Information Security Officer for a $25 billion financial services company, and was founder/Chief Technology Officer of a national security consultancy.
Hoff regularly speaks at high profile conferences, interviewed regularly by the media, is a featured guest on numerous podcasts and blogs at www.rationalsurvivability.com/blog. Hoff is a CISSP, CISA, CISM and NSA IAM. He was twice nominated as the Information Security Executive of the Year and won the Security 7 award in Financial Services in 2005.
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