Of late the NASA administration is a bit bothered with adequate security issues related to its data which it has already sent to the cloud hosting system. The problem arose some time back when NASA started utilizing the cloud for data usage. There are certain in-house quarters which are squarely blaming the concerned authorities for not strictly complying with the norms meant for taking adequate measures for ensuring safety and security of the dat. But the hard core fact is that much of NASA‘s data is already being utilized by means of the virtual server system.
It has also been complained that the offices responsible for the shift to the cloud system did not vet the service providers related to website hosting prior to the change in technology used and that has created the problem.
It has been alleged that this has something to do with NASA’s IT governance and processes pertaining to management of risks. These shortcomings in turn have been responsible for the major obstacles created in the path of realizing the full benefits of shifting to cloud computing.
The selection of vendors for cloud computing has also been attributed to be poor. The contractors engaged into service do not appear to be qualified enough to safeguard the interest of this internationally acclaimed space research agency.
It has been further reported that all these occurred due to lack of farsightedness on behalf of the administrative wing OCIO. Also, the officials of this department allegedly were slow coach while establishing befitting contracts with the vendors to reduce the vice of lesser security to its valuable data. The vendors providing the cloud also appeared to be without the expertise essential for meeting the IT security measures of this massively renowned space research agency.
It will be worthy to mention in this context that in 2009 NASA utilized the virtual server of a private agency but it retraced its path in the aftermath and subsequently placed its data in the domain of public virtual server by 2012.
But the NASA authorities are as usual forward looking. The administrative wing has contemplated a plan for doing more in terms of ensuring security for its valuable data. Three fourths of its new projects which are in the pipeline for the next five years — have been planned to be equipped with cloud computing. The effective use of Window VPS will also be taken care of. Also the whole of its public data will be utilizing cloud computing for its storage.