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Why CIOs stick with cloud computing despite NSA snooping scandal

Juan Carlos Perez | Dec. 6, 2013
IT execs are wary, but benefits of cloud technology are a powerful draw.

The level of security offered by cloud vendors is mixed; from vendors that are new and inexperienced, to others that are outstanding and provide a better and safer environment than many organizations could afford themselves, according to Jos Creese, head of information, corporate resources, IT services at the Hampshire County Council in the UK.

"We need to be prudent as to who we select in cloud providers," said Brian D. Kelley, CIO at Portage County government in Ravenna, Ohio.

Portage County is dipping its toes in cloud computing, and the NSA revelations made him and his team more aware of the cloud risks. "In IT, we've always had control of our systems and data, and with the new cloud model, we're now relinquishing that control," Kelley said.

"We certainly need to engage ourselves much more to know where our data is, how it is accessed and who can access it, and what to do when the cloud bursts," he said.

 

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