James Sheaffer, president of CSC North American Public Sector and vice-chair for the TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in the U.S. Deployment of the Cloud, testified before the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies on the security implications of cloud computing.
According to Sheaffer, the federal budget climate provides incentive for government agencies to adopt the cloud since it is cost effective, quick and responsive in filling mission needs despite the questions of trust, security, reliability, transparency to the user.
“On balance, we are confident that prudent cloud computing, approached deliberately and systematically, will satisfy stringent security requirements,” said Sheaffer. “Good cloud security, coupled with resilient architecture, will help make cloud an ever more attractive approach to information technology.”
Sheaffer also indicated that, “better security must go hand in hand with saving money and improving performance. Cybersecurity must be integrated into cloud computing architectures at the outset, rather than be left to catch up.”
In addressing the subcommittee, Sheaffer pointed to the fact that CSC provides cybersecurity to large companies as well as U.S. government agencies. Cloud computing and “as-a-service” offerings can significantly reduce unit costs of computing and by aligning risk profiles with varying types of data and uses, the challenges of cloud can be overcome.