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By Tim Greene
February 02, 2011
The shift to cloud computing offers an opportunity to better secure the
national digital infrastructure by concentrating the burden of cyber
security among a relatively small number of service providers rather
than thousands of individual businesses, according to a report by a
foreign policy think tank.
"Cloud computing has weaknesses, but it also offers the opportunity to
aggregate and automate cyber defense," according to a new report by the
Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report,
"Cybersecurity Two Years Later," is a follow-up to "Securing Cyberspace
for the 44th Presidency," which the group issued in 2008.
"Much of the burden of security will shift from consumers and businesses
to service providers that may be better equipped to meet advanced
challenges," the new report says. "The move to the cloud is not a silver
bullet that will solve all cybersecurity problems, but it is part of a
larger move to a more mature infrastructure that includes the automation
of security practices and monitoring -- such as the Security Content
Automation Protocol (SCAP) -- particularly if we find a better way for
service providers to work more effectively with government agencies."
In the two years since the foreign-policy think tank issued its first
report the Obama administration has fallen short of implementing
measures that would protect the U.S. from cyber attacks, the new report
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