Q&A: FedRAMP Director Discusses Cloud Security Innovation

Nitin Pradhan, InformationWeek Government,  Thursday, October 31, 2013

After leaving the position of CIO for the U.S. Department of Transportation, I co-founded a marketplace called GOVonomy, designed to match government needs and opportunities with emerging technology products from startups and growth companies. Most of these products are cloud-based and may require the government's FedRAMP security assessment. Yet most private companies are not aware of the FedRAMP program and process, or how it can help improve their cloud security. So as part of a new series of discussions with top government leaders for InformationWeek Government, I interviewed Maria Roat, the FedRAMP director at GSA.

G-Cloud raises the ceiling again for government IT procurement

Archana Venkatraman, ComputerWeekly,  Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The fourth version of the supplier framework UK government cloud – G-Cloud 4 (G4) – has gone live, aiming to provide more small and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to win government IT contracts.

IBM steps back from CIA deal

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The battle between two tech behemoths to build a cloud computing infrastructure for the CIA and the broader intelligence community appears to be over.

Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Monday, October 28, 2013

Less than three years after being forced to suspend its ambitious cloud email rollout halfway through the process, the City of Los Angeles has decided to try again.

Pentagon: Navy and Marines Must Use DISA Email Cloud

Bob Brewin, NextGov,  Friday, October 25, 2013

After treating email as a core service on their domestic intranet for the past 13 years, the Navy and Marines must now shift to a cloud service operated by the Defense Information System Agency under a new Defense Department policy.

The NSA Disclosures and the Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The seeming flood of disclosures about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) activity sometimes threatens to overwhelm the observer. More to the point, the flood often does more to conceal revelations than it does to expose them. The important things get lost in the wave of less relevant information. That’s particularly true of new information about the NSA’s encryption and interception activities and how they will affect cloud service providers.

Google Or Microsoft? Army Users Get Choice

Richard W. Walker, InformationWeek Government,  Thursday, October 24, 2013

Officials in the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) believe in giving users a choice. That's why they have established blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) that let Army agencies pick between Microsoft and Google for cloud-based email, collaboration, information sharing and mobile access.

NIST framework leaves crucial question unanswered

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, October 24, 2013

The latest draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework is meatier than its August predecessor, but heated debate continues over the question of voluntary standards versus regulatory mandates.

Government claims CIA cloud case injunction would threaten national security

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The CIA clearly doesn't want to wait any longer for work to begin on the $600 million cloud infrastructure it has tapped Amazon Web Services to build.

Shutdown stalled FedRAMP authorizations, GAO IT reports

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Almost a week after it ended, the partial government shutdown continues to affect the federal IT community. Companies seeking authorization under the government's standardized approach to security assessments for cloud services -- known as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) -- were delayed by the 16-day shutdown.