Something you should read if you store data with Amazon, or even if you don’t, because:
“They basically are telling you compliance is all up to you regardless of the regulation,” said Joe Granneman, an information security professional with experience in the heavily regulated industries of health care and financial services. “This makes a lot of sense because there is no good way for Amazon to guarantee compliance when it only provides the infrastructure. The customer connects the infrastructure together and builds on top of it, which Amazon cannot guarantee. This document drives home the fact that compliance is still up to the customer and not the IaaS provider.”
via AWS cloud computing compliance paper details customer responsibilities, and Amazon Web Services: Risk and Compliance.
Congratulations, Google! Here’s looking forward to helping various government agencies migrate to Google Apps!
Google introduced Google Apps for Government, accommodated by FISMA certification. FISMA is essentially the government’s seal of approval of Google Apps as a secure cloud computing collaboration platform, something Microsoft lacks for its own cloud suites.
Google July 26 launched Google Apps for Government and earned a key security credit that makes its collaboration software for the cloud viable for federal agencies.
via Google Apps for Government Meets Federal Security Standard – Cloud Computing from eWeek.