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Cloud computing has become the core accelerator of US Government digital business transformation. NIST is establishing a Multi-Cloud Security Public Working Group (MCSPWG) to research best practices for securing complex cloud solutions involving multiple service providers and multiple clouds.
The White House Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity highlights that “the Federal Government needs to make bold changes and significant investments in order to defend the vital institutions that underpin the American way of life” by focusing “the full scope of its authorities and resources to protect and secure its computer systems, whether they are cloud-based, on-premises, or hybrid.” The MCSPWG research will focus on a) identifying the challenges of implementing secure multi-cloud systems and b) developing guidance and best practice for mitigating the identified challenges.
The US federal agencies were further encouraged by the Cloud Smart Federal Computing Strategy to accelerate cloud adoption and modernize their IT infrastructures, leverage cloud technology scalability and speed-to-market by expanding and diversifying their cloud portfolio to incorporate multi-party (multi-providers) cloud solutions. Many organizations in adopting these cloud solutions, which can include services provided by different cloud service providers often with support from third-party entities, are faced with added security and privacy implementation challenges.
The MCSPWG Charter provides additional information on MCSPWG including the planned work and the rules of engagement for participation and subscription to the mailing list below.
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Director of Cybersecurity
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ex-COO, DoD Platform One
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