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There's no crime cloud, but there is government cloud computing

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While there may not be a ring of criminals in the cloud (that we know of), government agencies have been moving to cloud computing. The U.K., in particular, has been a front runner in the government cloud, or G-cloud, movement, with Canada and the U.S. following. The U.S. federal government is moving slowly into a cloud initiative, but providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) are looking to be the G-cloud provider of choice. AWS GovCloud has its FedRAMP certification, which may legitimize the cloud for highly regulated industries.

Government clouds are tasked with maintaining a high level of security because of the sensitive data they contain. Cloud providers looking to crack this market must focus on major compliance and security guidelines.

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