[ISN] Lawmakers Want Pentagon to Clarify Cloud Security Standards

http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/04/lawmakers-want-pentagon-clarify-cloud-security-standards/83245/ By William Matthews Nextgov.com April 25, 2014 Two House members are proposing legislation they say would ease the way for cloud computing vendors to sell services to the Defense Department. The Defense Cloud Security Act would require department officials to set clearer security requirements for cloud storage and other cloud services “and give vendors an opportunity to meet those standards,” said an aide to Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass. Tsongas and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., are expected to introduce the legislation April 28. Although the Defense Department already buys cloud services from a number of private vendors, Tsongas and Kilmer say that more companies could be providing more cloud services if the military had clearer security requirements. For vendors, the military represents a large and potentially lucrative market for cloud storage and applications. And for the Defense Department, the cloud represents a way to reduce the cost of owning and operating its own servers and software. […]