Federal data makes its way into the cloud

Grazed from NorthumberlandNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

A federal proposal for the use of cloud computing makes it clear that the most sensitive data the government keeps about Canadians won't be allowed to leave the country. Only information the government deems "unclassified" — meaning it's unauthorized release carries little, if any material or physical harm to the government or individual Canadians — will be allowed to cross the border, bound for cloud computing servers in other countries, under the government's newly released cloud computing strategy.

When data does leave the country, it must be encrypted, says the strategy that has been in development for more than a year. Sensitive personal information on Canadians like social insurance numbers and top secret government data will remain on cloud servers in the country so the federal government maintains "sovereign control over its data," the strategy says...

The government's central information technology department is already buying up cloud space capable of handling unclassified data, the document says. By this time next year, Shared Services Canada is expected to have bought more cloud space capable of handling more sensitive data, but not information deemed secret or top secret...

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