NIST Reorg and the Cloud

President Obama has just signed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R.5116). It funds and reorganizes NIST as well as orders them to collaborate with industry on standards; I noticed a directive related to cloud security, found in Section 524: Cloud Computing Research Enhancement

(b) Establishment-

(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Director shall initiate a review and assessment of cloud computing research opportunities and challenges, including research areas listed in subsection (a), as well as related issues such as–

(A) the management and assurance of data that are the subject of Federal laws and regulations in cloud computing environments, which laws and regulations exist on the date of enactment of this Act;

(B) misappropriation of cloud services, piracy through cloud technologies, and other threats to the integrity of cloud services;

(C) areas of advanced technology needed to enable trusted communications, processing, and storage; and

(D) other areas of focus determined appropriate by the Director.

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