In a show of how popular cloud computing services have become, Federal Times reported that more than 50 cloud vendors have applied for security reviews under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, according to Dave McClure of the General Services Administration.

"FedRAMP sets security standards for federal cloud services," the news source said. "Companies have submitted computing models for private clouds, where services are provided exclusively to an agency or department; public clouds, where services are available to both government and non-government clients and housed in a data center off-site; and government community clouds, where services are provided to multiple government clients."

Federal Times said McClure said vendors must prove their systems' operators use two-factor authentication and company employees with access to federal data must have background investigations done on them to make sure the data within the cloud is as secure as possible.

Rich Mogull, CEO of consultancy company Securosis, said that companies must understand what applications they are moving into the cloud and what is in the agreement they sign with their vendors to be truly secure in the cloud. Knowing the vendors have security via FedRAMP may be a positive step for those who want to use cloud based services but have not yet due to security concerns.