The Role of Standards in Cloud Security

Security is often cited as a primary cause for concern when considering cloud deployments. To overcome these concerns, companies moving to public cloud services might look to some emerging standards for help. FedRAMP establishes a baseline of security requirements for government contractors interested in providing the federal government with cloud services. NIST has developed a roadmap and a reference document about cloud architecture covering interoperability and security. Providers who work with the federal government will need to beef up their security offerings to comply with these initiatives. Businesses that use these same providers will reap the benefits of this enhanced security.