NIST Seeks Public's Input on Cloud Definition, Security Guidelines

Vivek Kundra

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released two new drafts on cloud computing for public comment and launched a new website to enable two-way communication among the cloud community and NIST cloud research working groups.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra asked NIST to speed up the federal government’s secure adoption of cloud computing by spearheading efforts to create standards and guidelines in collaboration with standards bodies, industry and other stakeholders. The new drafts and the website are part of NIST’s work to fulfill that mission, the agency said on its website.

Researchers have now published A NIST Definition of Cloud Computing, and NIST scientists are seeking feedback to determine whether this definition remains valid or needs changing. Comments on suggested changes or improvements should be sent to 800-145comments@nist.gov no later than Feb. 28, 2011.

Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing gives an overview of the security and privacy challenges for public cloud computing and presents recommendations organizations should consider when outsourcing data, applications and infrastructure to a public cloud environment. NIST is looking for the public’s input on this publication, and the deadline to send comments to 800-144comments@nist.gov is Feb. 28, 2011.

In addition to the two documents, NIST has created the NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration Site, which provides general information about the agency’s cloud-computing program and a current listing of cloud-computing events. The site also features information about NIST-sponsored cloud-computing working groups, including Reference Architecture and Taxonomy, Standards Roadmap, Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing, and Cloud Security.

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