Before leaving office, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that is looking to prevent foreign actors from using cloud computing services to launch attacks against the country.
According to the order, the Commerce Department will have six months to set new rules for US-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. The Department will then have to vet the identity of foreign customers more closely in order to grant them access.
This would give the US government the right to completely ban the exchange of cloud services with foreign actors who suspected of using them for cyberattacks. It can also possibly be applied to entire jurisdictions, and not only to individuals and organizations.
This order comes after many US cloud computing resources were obtained for foreign cybercriminals, who then used them to launch cyberattacks on US-based entities.
Even though there are cloud computing providers in the world, the US currently holds the three largest cloud computing platforms.
Yet, President-elect Joe Biden does not have any obligation to follow through with this executive order.</