CSC Executive Offers Expert Opinion in Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies
News Release -- October 06, 2011
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 6 – CSC (NYSE: CSC) – James W. Sheaffer, CSC North American Public Sector (NPS) president and recent vice-chair for the TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in the U.S. Deployment of the Cloud, testified today on security implications of cloud, or shared, computing.
Sheaffer noted that today’s federal budget climate offers an added incentive for government agencies to adopt the cloud, which offers substantial benefits, such as cost savings, speed and responsiveness to mission needs. He acknowledged that while cloud raises questions of trust, including security, availability, reliability, transparency to the user and ability to extract data, these challenges are not insurmountable.
“On balance, we are confident that prudent cloud computing, approached deliberately and systematically, will satisfy stringent security requirements,” said Sheaffer. “Good cloud security, coupled with resilient architecture, will help make cloud an ever more attractive approach to information technology.”
Sheaffer went on to say that CSC provides cybersecurity to some of the world’s largest companies, including critical infrastructure providers, and to some of the most demanding U.S. government agencies. Cloud computing and “as-a-service” delivery enable organizations to significantly reduce unit costs of computing and build capacity for rapidly growing volumes of data and burgeoning requirements for computation. The key to addressing security risks and challenges is to align risk profiles of varying types of data and uses with levels of protection required.
“Better security must go hand in hand with saving money and improving performance. Cybersecurity must be integrated into cloud computing architectures at the outset, rather than be left to catch up,” Sheaffer added.
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