TASER Wins Major Bid to Outfit 22,000 London Metropolitan Police Officers with Axon Body Cameras

PR Newswire / CNN Money,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Led by the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police completed a 12-month pilot earlier this year using 1,000 of TASER's Axon body-worn cameras. The world's largest trial of body cameras to date was considered a success and a research study conducted by MOPAC and the College of Policing found that introducing the cameras resulted in a 33-percent reduction in complaints against officers.

State CIOs will focus on security and cloud in 2016

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Microsoft announces unified Trust Center for enterprise cloud services

Kellogg Brengel, WinBeta,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As of today Microsoft is consolidating and solidifying the messaging of their enterprise cloud services’ privacy, security, and compliance statements. The new Unified Trust Center for the Microsoft Cloud encompasses the privacy and security policies for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Intune, and Microsoft Office 365. From the new Unified Trust Center, enterprise customers can clearly see in one location how Microsoft protects your organization’s data, Microsoft’s commitment to your privacy, what regulations their cloud services are compliant with, and gain more insight on the company’s approach to transparency.

EU Data Transfer Mechanisms May Keep Tumbling

Stephen Dockery, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Data transfer systems that companies have been relying on in the wake of the end of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement are likely to be picked apart by the European Court of Justice for the same reasons the broad privacy agreement was tossed out, data privacy experts said Monday. Stewart Room, head of cyber security and data protection at PwC, said, “Right now these other solutions are still legally valid…the problem is they have the same parent and the same architecture and the same legal vulnerability” as Safe Harbor. Room said the “EU working party on the issue had already signaled that it was encouraging challenges to those mechanisms and was likely those solutions would be invalidated as well.”

'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

Andrew Orlowski, The Register,  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Europe is being hypocritical by derailing the Safe Harbour data protection agreement - because its own protections for citizens against indiscriminate surveillance are worse than the USA’s. That’s the view of one expert on international data protection law at a meeting held by European competition group iComp today. Dr Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law at St Mary’s, said that US citizens had greater safeguards against fishing expeditions than European citizens, and European law enforcement opted for blanket surveillance far more readily than US law enforcement.

D.C. Takes Steps Toward Making Police Body-Worn Camera Footage Accessible

Christina Sturdivant, DCist,  Monday, November 23, 2015

The proposal allows the public to view most footage recorded by officers’ body-worn cameras in public space, including assaults. And anyone who is the subject of a video, and those alleging officer misconduct, can view footage pertaining to their situations. In addition, the mayor can release "otherwise undisclosed" footage of officer-involved shootings, use of force by an officer, and assaults that put officers in the hospital.

Anti-Encryption, Mass Surveillance Debate Grows Louder

Jedidiah Bracy, IAPP Privacy Advisor,  Friday, November 20, 2015

Debates around government surveillance and access to encrypted communications and data are only growing louder in the shadow of last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The White House and congressional staffers, for one, have asked Silicon Valley executives to come to Washington, DC, in order to find a resolution to the encryption standoff currently taking place. Though there is no evidence as of yet that last week's attackers used encrypted communications technology, government intelligence authorities and several lawmakers have not minced any words about the obstacle encryption poses in tracking suspects.

Industry should steal FedRAMP cloud security baselines

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Friday, November 20, 2015

The federal government is doing a good job establishing cybersecurity requirements for cloud providers and industry looking to do the same should look no further, according to John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute. Agencies are under mandate to consider cloud services ahead of other options but not at the expense of security. To ensure agencies are procuring secure services, the General Services Administration set up the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which has created a set of baseline security requirements that all cloud service providers must meet before hosting federal systems.

New York prosecutor seeks U.S. law to weaken smartphone encryption

Dustin Volz, Reuters,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Wednesday called for federal legislation requiring tech companies such as Google and Apple to design smartphone operating systems so law enforcement can unlock data stored on them. He urged Congress to pass a law mandating that information stored on phones built or sold in the United States incorporate weaker encryption standards than currently used so data are accessible to investigators.

The US government wants in on the public cloud, but needs more transparency

Blair Hanley Frank, CIO,  Thursday, November 19, 2015

The U.S. federal government is trying to move more into the cloud, but service providers' lack of transparency is harming adoption, according to Arlette Hart, the FBI's chief information security officer. "There's a big piece of cloud that's the 'trust me' model of cloud computing," she said during an on-stage interview at the Structure conference in San Francisco Wednesday. That's a tough sell for organizations like the federal government that have to worry about protecting important data. While Hart said that the federal government wants to get at the "enormous value" in public cloud infrastructure, its interest in moving to public cloud infrastructure is also tied to a need for greater security.