Even one of the people who should be most concerned about cloud computing security is optimistic about how the technology will mature.
According to Computerworld, Richard Spires, CIO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, believes the security issues standing in the way of cloud computing adoption will be resolved as vendors continue to develop the technology.
"I am a believer that we are going to, over the next few years, really solve a lot of the cybersecurity concerns that we have with cloud-based services," Spires said
This kind of confidence is especially important in the Department of Homeland Security, which handles classified information that could be key to the safety of U.S. residents. Spires' sentiments also come at a time when the federal government is being pushed toward the cloud, which began with the Obama administration's "cloud-first" policy enacted by federal CIO Vivek Kundra earlier this year.
However, many federal agencies have been resistant to the administration's urges to embrace cloud computing. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently held a hearing on the topic of cloud computing security, during which many in the public sector expressed concern that critical information could end up in the wrong hands if it is put into the cloud.
This, Kundra said, is more a sign of resistance to progress than an indication of weak security in the cloud.
"A lot of people are sort of driving this notion of fear around security," Kundra said. "And the reason I think that's been amplified, frankly, is because it preserves the status quo."
Despite Kundra's pending departure – he has accepted a position at Harvard University – and the looming security worries throughout the government, Spires is so confident in the cloud that he has begun the process of adapting his agency for the migration. According to Computerworld, the DHS has already begun seeking vendors to provide cloud services for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.