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The CIA and the cloud

If your company mistrusts the security of the cloud, it might want to take a look at what The Company is doing.

“The Company” is a term that insiders have long used to refer to the CIA. Is there any organization that takes security more seriously? Perhaps, but probably not within the Fortune 500. And yet the CIA appears to be moving to the cloud.

Seriously. According to FCW, a publication that tracks the intersection of government and technology, the CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with Amazon that may be worth up to $600 million over 10 years. Specifically, Amazon Web Services will help the intelligence agency build a private cloud infrastructure.

What? You expected the CIA to put its secrets on the Amazon EC2? I don’t think so!

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