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Cloud Services Could Bolster National Cyber Security

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U.S. cybersecurity could be significantly fortified by a move to cloud computing, which would focus cybersecurity on a relatively small number of service providers rather than a massive cohort of individual businesses, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"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--particularly if we find a better way for service providers to work more effectively with government agencies," the report says. Since the center's inaugural report on cybersecurity in 2008, the Obama administration has failed to deploy measures to shield the country from cyberattacks, to the degree that it cannot defend itself against terrorist-led cyberwarfare, the report says. The report also dismisses public-private partnerships to formulate and implement cybersecurity as unworkable, and notes that private networks in particular are largely undefended.

Among the report's recommendations are implementing authentication for anyone who uses critical infrastructure, and establishing security standards for products the federal government purchases to promote the general use of more secure infrastructure.

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