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NIST Releases Cloud Guidelines, Definitions


February 3, 2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) yesterday released guidance on cloud computing, Gov Info Security reports. Two drafts, "Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud" and "The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing," seek public comments until February 28. The guidelines include such provisions as ensuring security and privacy in cloud solutions before deployment, ensuring cloud providers meet organizations' privacy and security guidelines and maintaining data protection accountability, the report states. The definitions provided are the result of NIST putting its "ear to the ground and listening to what the public and private sectors are saying," a NIST co-author said.
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