Chertoff sees potential for cyber-disaster

Mark Rockwell, Government Security News,  Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cyber-attacks are largely unnoticed by the general public, yet the those behind the most serious attacks in the last few years could be moving to induce a cyber crisis of monumental proportions, said Michael Chertoff, former head of the Department of Homeland Security at a cyber-security conference Oct. 27.

Cloud-Based Infrastructure as a Service Comes to Government

GSA,  Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – GSA announced today that federal, state, local, and tribal governments will soon have access to cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings through the government’s cloud-based services storefront, Apps.gov. GSA’s IaaS contract award allows vendors to provide government entities with cloud storage, virtual machines, and web hosting services to support a continued expansion of governments’ IT capabilities into cloud computing environments. “Offering IaaS on Apps.gov makes sense for the federal government and for the American people. Cloud computing services help to deliver on this Administration’s commitment to provide better value for the American taxpayer by making government more efficient,” said federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. “Cloud solutions not only help to lower the cost of government operations, they also drive innovation across government.”

Risk in the Clouds? Security Issues Facing Government Use of Cloud Computing

David Wyld, Professor of Management, Southeastern Louisiana University,  Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cloud computing is poised to become one of the most important and fundamental shifts in how computing is consumed and used. Forecasts show that government will play a lead role in adopting cloud computing – for data storage, applications, and processing power, as IT executives seek to maximize their returns on limited procurement budgets in these challenging economic times.

BSA debuts asset management standard

Kathleen Hickey, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Government technology professionals now have a standardized template for moving to or managing a cloud computing model using best practices and processes.