Cloud Contractors Find Security Hurdles Imposing

January 23, 2013

John Keese knows, better than most cloud computing contractors, the cost of doing business with the federal government.

Keese’s North Carolina-based firm, Autonomic Resources, is the only cloud provider to have completed a rigorous security program for federal cloud products and services. Industry experts say the security reviews can cost hundreds or hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on a company’s size and the types of technology requiring testing.

“It’s a matter of managerial commitment to say we need to do it,” Keese said of the program. “It costs money. It cost me lots of money, but you put your investment where the government is heading.”

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