SOURCE: Vangent


October 19, 2010 14:01 ET

Vangent White Papers Delve Into Key Cloud Computing Issues

While Cloud Computing in the Government Environment May Outpace Private Industry During the Next Several Years, Valid Concerns About Security and Operational Risks Must Be Addressed

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process services, recently published three white papers to help government customers understand the complexities of using cloud computing technology:

Reining in the Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud Consideration
Many government agencies are exploring cloud computing as part of the solution for containing IT investments. Proponents claims dramatic decreases in costs and increased agility to react to mission changes, while others believe that cloud computing is outright dangerous and just a buzzword.

Reining in the Cloud is a primer on the cloud computing model that clarifies the opportunities and poses a pragmatic approach to the application of cloud computing in a government environment. No matter how one selects and implements a cloud infrastructure, the consuming organization responsibility must ensure the security, stability and cost-effectiveness of the result.

Private Clouds: Security and Confidence in the Federal Sector
Government is being asked to move to the cloud at a faster rate than is comfortable for many executives. Yet, some leaders are placing their development environments in the cloud right now despite valid concerns about security that may not have been addressed or defined as an industry. 

The Private Clouds white paper addresses the merits of the private cloud environment, primarily for the Federal sector. The paper provides some of the requirements one would expect to achieve in this new world of cloud computing by answering seven key questions:

  1. How do I know that someone in the cloud is not looking at my information?
  2. How do I know that the measure of logical security is equal to or better than what I have today?
  3. Who are the people that have root access to my data?
  4. How do I know if someone in the cloud is changing my data or tossing in a virus?
  5. How do I know that some other user of the cloud won't accidentally download my data in a query?
  6. I have external disclosures for PCI or HIPAA/HITECH if a leakage occurred. How do I know whether I can comply without any control over the environment?
  7. Where is my data stored? 

Cloud Information Security: A Proactive Approach
This paper provides high-level guidance, insight into protecting data, and speculation into the future of cloud security. Cloud implementers should seek out security experts for both tactical and strategic solutions. Security is not a software package or a large document that says "everything is fine"; it is an ongoing process composed of people, procedures, and tools where people seem to be both the weakest link and hold the potential for solutions to security breaches.

"First, and foremost, we must demystify the definition and focus on the requirements for cloud computing success that will allow an organization to leap forward in confidence to meet or exceed its investment goals," said John George, Chief Information Officer at Vangent and co-author of two of the three white papers.

"Agencies will find that implementing a private cloud mitigates security and operational risks," George stated. "A private cloud provides organizations with considerably more privacy and controls with appropriate audit trails. This series of whitepapers also provides examples of hybrid private cloud implementations in which the federal entities have achieved significant levels of control in environments containing privacy information."

Download a complimentary copy of Reining in the Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud Consideration.

Download a complimentary copy of Private Clouds: Security and Confidence in the Federal Sector.

Download a complimentary copy of Cloud Information Security: A Proactive Approach.

About Vangent, Inc.
Vangent is a global provider of consulting, systems integration, human capital management and business process services to the U.S. federal and international governments, higher education institutions and corporations. Vangent's 8,000 employees support clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor; and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the company has offices throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. For more information, visit www.vangent.comDid you know? Four out of 10 Americans connect with Vangent, but never know it. Learn more at

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