DoD revisiting security guidelines for commercial cloud

Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Defense Information Systems Agency is undertaking a top-to-bottom review of the cybersecurity rules that guide its decisions about whether individual commercial cloud computing systems are safe enough for Defense data. DISA officials have concluded that the current process perhaps is too stringent and definitely is too slow.

4 Tips: Protect Government Data From Mobile Malware

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mobile malware continues to proliferate, particularly on Android devices. These four steps help counter the threat. It often happens without you knowing. Malware takes over your smartphone or tablet, exploiting vulnerabilities and trolling for information. Perhaps the processing speed on your smartphone slows down. Or a preview of a text message that you didn't write temporarily pops up on your screen. These and other clues lead you to become suspicious that someone has access to your device and data.

Feds working to overcome challenges, early failures in public-facing mobile apps

Billy Mitchell, FedScoop,  Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As agencies continually release public-facing mobile apps to better serve American citizens, the directors and strategists behind their creation are the first to admit there is room for improvement. “In my world, smartphone apps have failed. They have not lived up to their potential. And the reason for that is they’re easy to ignore, and they’re easy to delete,” said Erik Augustson, director of with the National Cancer Institute, in reference to apps he’s worked with that use technologies to deliver behavioral interventions.

Wyoming, a cloud leader? Take notes, America

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The state of Wyoming plans to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its servers to colocation facilities. Outsourcing its two data centers is an interim step to eventually moving these IT systems to public cloud services. Where Wyoming goes, the rest of the states should follow.

Technology as catalyst for government cloud transformation

Harish Pillay, ZDNet,  Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Many governments have taken to e-government services as it is often more efficient, helps save costs and provides better citizen engagement. However, government agencies should also rethink their e-governance as a transformation tool, rather than a challenge to overcome.

Google and Right-to-Be-Forgotten Critics Distort Ruling, EU Says

Aoife White,Bloomberg,  Monday, August 18, 2014

Google Inc. and other critics of a European Union court ruling that created a right to be forgotten on the Internet are exaggerating it to undermine a reform of data-protection rules, the EU’s justice chief said. Search engines such as Google “complain loudly” about the ruling and such critics are using “distorted notions of the right to be forgotten to discredit” a planned reform of EU data-protection rules that includes the right, Martine Reicherts, the EU’s justice commissioner, said today in a speech in Lyon, France.

Many US companies failing to uphold EU privacy rules, privacy group claims in FTC complaint

Zack Whittaker, ZDNet,  Thursday, August 14, 2014

At least thirty US companies are "failing to provide" safeguards for European citizens promised by the US government, a new complaint alleges.

Government Cloud Adoption Continues to Grow, But Slowly

David Hamilton, The WHIR,  Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spurred on for the past few years as many barriers ranging from security concerns to cultural changes have been overcome, government adoption of cloud services, which has been growing quickly, is now expected to slow down. Joel Cherkis, Microsoft’s Worldwide Government GM, has noted that governments have been embracing cloud technology in the past three years to operate more cost effectively, enhance services, and embrace more flexible computing models. Government cloud spending is expected to reach more than $5 billion in 2017.

What Is the Biggest Obstacle to Tech Adoption in Government?

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The government’s ability to capitalize on emerging technologies comes down to three elements: people, processes and the technology itself, described by Commerce Department Deputy Chief Information Officer Kirit Amin as a “three-legged stool.”

We're the government. Trust us.

Troy K. Schneider, FCW,  Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Federal Housing Administration works with lenders to insure more than $1 trillion in mortgage loans. The Department of Homeland Security shares vital information with thousands of partners at the international, federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels, as well as in the private sector. And the Social Security Administration provides benefits to nearly 64 million Americans. Each of them -- along with dozens of other agencies -- is wrestling with the challenges of verifying identities online.