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Special Publication 800-146

DRAFT Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations
Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Lee Badger Tim Grance Robert Patt-Corner Jeff Voas

NIST Special Publication 800-146

DRAFT Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations Recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Lee Badger Tim Grance Robert Patt-Corner Jeff Voas

C O M P U T E R

S E C U R I T Y

Computer Security Division Information Technology Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930 May 2011

U.S. Department of Commerce

Gary Locke, Secretary
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Patrick D. Gallagher, Director

DRAFT CLOUD COMPUTING SYNOPSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Reports on Computer Systems Technology
The Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) promotes the U.S. economy and public welfare by providing technical leadership for the nation’s measurement and standards infrastructure. ITL develops tests, test methods, reference data, proof of concept implementations, and technical analysis to advance the development and productive use of information technology. ITL’s responsibilities include the development of technical, physical, administrative, and management standards and guidelines for the cost-effective security and privacy of sensitive unclassified information in Federal computer systems. This Special Publication 800-series reports on ITL’s research, guidance, and outreach efforts in computer security and its collaborative activities with industry, government, and academic organizations.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-146 Natl. Inst. Stand. Technol. Spec. Publ. 800-146, 84 pages (May 2011)

Certain commercial entities, equipment, or materials may be identified in this document in order to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, materials, or equipment are necessarily the best available for the purpose.

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Acknowledgments

The authors, Lee Badger of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Tim Grance, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Robert Patt-Corner of Global Tech, Inc, and Jeff Voas of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), wish to thank their colleagues who reviewed drafts of this document and contributed to its technical content. The authors gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the contributions from individuals and organizations whose comments improved the overall quality of this publication.

Trademark Information
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Table of Contents
Executive Summary.................................................................................................................... 1  1.  Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 1-1  1.1  1.2  1.3  1.4  Authority................................................................................................................... 1-1  Purpose and Scope ................................................................................................. 1-1  Audience .................................................................................................................. 1-1  Document Structure ................................................................................................. 1-1 

2.  Cloud Computing Definition...
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