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.
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.
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 SmokeFree.gov with the National Cancer Institute, in reference to apps he’s worked with that use technologies to deliver behavioral interventions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.