Government Clouds: What is FedRAMP?

Bill Kleyman, Data Center Knowledge,  Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What do Akamai, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all have in common? They are all are running government clouds – to be exact, they are FedRAMP Compliant cloud service providers (CSPs). These organizations took a few extra steps to become a part of a very small group of data centers meeting very certain requirements. In some cases, these providers are delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities, while others are providing services around Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Despite Fundamental Concerns, Feds Move to Cloud Anyway

Doug Barney, TechZone360,  Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The cloud raises concerns for just about every operation. But when you are the U.S. federal government, these issues are paramount. But that isn’t stopping the feds from having a digital-first strategy that will provide self-service for citizens over the web.

OMB pushes continuous monitoring in cybersecurity memo

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Agency cybersecurity practices should move beyond the three year cycle of system authorizations into a state of continuous monitoring of security control implementation by the end of fiscal 2017, says a Nov. 18 memo from the Office of Management and Budget.

Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

Julie AndersonKaren Evans by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

As the federal government strives to improve technology asset utilization and cybersecurity to enable mission fulfillment in an era of budget constraints, what is "old" is becoming "new" again.

ENISA Provides Recommendations on Secure Cloud Development

InfoSecurity Magazine,  Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has analyzed the current state of government clouds in 23 European countries and developed a framework of ten recommendations for the secure deployment of governmental clouds.

DoD finalizes unclassified information protection rule for contractors

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, November 18, 2013

A proposed rule more than two years in the making regarding contractor protections of unclassified defense information and intrusion reporting became final Monday following publication of a final rule in the Federal Register.

Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Friday, November 15, 2013

The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange pilot still is in the early stages of development, but there's growing anticipation of how it could change the way agencies authenticate and authorize users of their systems.

Leading on Privacy

Carla Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed,  Friday, November 15, 2013

As long as federal and state-level authorities drag their feet on updating privacy standards, higher education institutions and their private sector partners have an opportunity to lead on the issue and drag governments to the negotiating table.

Bills would curb tracking of and advertising to children on Internet

Cecilia Kang, Washington Post,  Thursday, November 14, 2013

What if kids used a more private Internet, where it would be harder to collect information about them and where they could erase embarrassing photos, comments and videos that could come back to haunt them?

Citrix Addresses HIPAA Compliance With ShareFile Cloud For Healthcare

Kathy Kim, CRN,  Thursday, November 14, 2013

With the recent updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Omnibus, Citrix (NSDQ:CTXS) ShareFile unveiled on Tuesday its updated and new virtual private cloud solely for the healthcare market.