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Electronic Communications Privacy Act

A remote computing service (RCS) means

the provision to the public of computer storage or processing services by means of an electronic communications system.[1]


"Remote computing must be controlled so that only authorized users may access remote components and remote applications. Servers must be able to authenticate remote users who request services or applications. These requests may also call for the local and remote servers to authenticate to each other. The inability to authenticate can lead to unauthorized users being granted access to remote servers and applications."[2]


  1. 18 U.S.C. §2711(2).
  2. FIPS 191, at 8.

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