A new set of rules was created by the Department of Defense (DoD) of the US government for how the cloud providers should report the security issues that involve US government data hosted in the cloud.
It’s important to refer that this set of rules only covers unclassified material, the classified one has another set of rules and security requirements.
The Department of Defense thinks that with the new set of rules, they are able to cover around 10.000 companies that have contracts with the US government.
“This interim rule requires contractors and subcontractors to report cyber incidents that result in an actual or potentially adverse effect of a covered contractor information system or covered defense information residing therein, or on a contractor’s ability to provide operationally critical support,”, “DoD is working to establish a single reporting mechanism for DoD contractor reporting of cyber incidents on unclassified information systems.” States the Department of Defense.
From the many rules, they are some that I think we can highlight:
In the set of rules, there are also the guidelines for the government agencies, to select their cloud provider, where the cloud providers need to meet some requirements
“Generally, the DoD shall acquire cloud computing services using commercial terms and conditions that are consistent with Federal law, and an agency’s needs,”
“The benefits of the increased security requirements implemented through this rule are that more information will be protected from release, inadvertently or through malicious intent,” and in so doing strengthen national security,” said Jennifer Hawes, editor of the Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
I think that this set of rules is indispensable to improve data control, but at the same time it may generate confusion between the US departments and cloud providers. I say this because the rules are considered temporary, and they will be subject to continuous reviews and modifications that could generate confusion.
If you want to check out the all set of rules you can do it here:
About the Author Elsio Pinto
Edited by Pierluigi Paganini
(Security Affairs – cloud providers, DHS)