Department of Health and Human Services

Cloud Computing, Dumb Terminals, InfoSec, and Data Archives

Developments by companies utilizing cloud based computing (particularly Google) are resulting in an increasingly robust solution including enterprise class sercurity and online data storage. Firewall, IDS/IPS, Data Leakage Prevention, system wide applications, etc., can all be controlled "in the cloud" by connecting all remote users through dumb terminals. Dumb terminals allow users to connect to a central network without retaining sensitive information on its hard drive. Minimal hardware and applications are needed to run a dumb terminal as long as the system can connect wirelessly, or wired, to the cloud (previously connect to wired servers / network systems). Also, dumb terminals are incredibly inexpensive, retailing for approximately $100 each. Development of dumb terminals as tablets would allow mobile computing capabilities for field personnel, reduce security risk of data loss, and would represent a significant cost saving per unit. Adroid capabilities and computer capabilities all available through a tablet. Lastly, cloud based computing could be used as a comprehensive data archive solution across agencies combining extensive metadata searches, reduced paper storage (inventory exp.), labor hours, and overhead expenses. Scanning documents into a cloud based data storage archive would allow web crawler algorithms to rapidly search data resulting in increased information access / sharing. NARA retention guidelines could be followed using automatic system controls to reduce cloud data storage costs ultimately reducing manual data purging errors and physical filing errors.

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