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NIST formalizes cloud computing definition

George V. Hulme | Feb. 3, 2011
Last summer, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra asked the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to help accelerate the federal government's secure adoption of cloud computing by leading efforts to develop cloud standards and guidelines.

To mitigate such risks, NIST SP 800-144 provides a list of issues that need to be considered or put into action, such as handling regulatory compliance, identity management, availability, and incident response.

NIST's guidance adds to existing work done by the Cloud Security Alliance and the European Network and Information Security Agency and it's Cloud Computing Risk Assessment.

NIST is requesting public comments on both documents through the end of February. Comments for SP 800 145 can be sent to, while comments for SP 800 144 can be sent to


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