Congressional legislation aims to strengthen cloud

The U.S. Department of Defense would have to establish more transparent cloud storage policy should legislation filed by two congressional representatives find success, according to a published report.

Representatives Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Derek Kilmer of Washington are likely to introduce The Defense Cloud Security Act on Monday, NextGov reports. The federal department should have clearer security requirements for the innovative practice that enables the Defense Department’s abilities to cut down on owning and operating servers and software. Both Tsongas and Kilmer are Democrats.

“Storing benign information on internal DOD servers is an increasingly large expense, particularly given the widespread availability of secure, fast, reliable, and affordable storage services utilized in the private sector,” aide Katie Enos with the offices of U.S. Representative Tsongas told the news source.

The legislation also would prompt the Defense Department to delve into cloud computing for both the private and public sector in order to determine best practices.

The legislation specifically leans on the U.S. Comptroller General and the Chief Information Officer with the Department of Defense to determine how secure the Defense Department’s cloud security requirements are, according to Tsongas’ website.