Cloud fears are overblown, says US CIO

Outgoing federal CIO Vivek Kundra believes that concerns about cloud security have been exaggerated in part to discourage cloud migrations that would take business away from traditional IT vendors. Such fears haven't stopped the Department of Homeland Security from embracing the cloud.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security isn't afraid of the public cloud.

Indeed, DHS CIO Richard Spires said the agency is seeking a cloud computing provider to host public websites run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

And, he added, the department's use of public cloud technology is likely to grow.

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