Exclusive: Inside the NSA’s private cloud

Dirk A.D. Smith, NetworkWorld,  Sunday, September 28, 2014

The National Security Agency (NSA) had a problem familiar to any enterprise IT manager executive: it was running out of space for hundreds of disparate relational databases that contain everything from back-office information to intelligence on foreign interests. And it needed to consolidate those databases to make it easier for NSA analysts to do their job.

Growing use of police body cameras raises privacy concerns

Matt Pearce, LA Times,  Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scores of law enforcement agencies already use body-worn cameras, and calls for more have only grown across the U.S. after recent cases involving use of force have pitted the word of police officers against angry residents. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, along with police in New York, Chicago and Washington, have launched pilot programs to test cameras for wider deployment. But equipping police with such devices also raises new and unsettled issues over privacy at a time when many Americans have been critical of the kind of powerful government surveillance measures that technology has made possible.

Virtualization, Cloud Complicate Insider Threats for Federal CIOs

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Friday, September 26, 2014

The expansion and blurring of the traditional government network environment require federal IT officials to rethink contracting processes and embrace real-time security monitoring.

Three new (and a few old) cloud computing challenges stymie government rollouts

Michael Cooney, NetworkWorld,  Thursday, September 25, 2014

In 2012 when the Government Accountability Office reviewed the feds cloud computing effort, it found seven core challenges to moving impeding the administrations’ move toward the cloud.

Making The Cloud Work For The Military

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., Breaking Defense,  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple, Amazon, and Google long since outstripped the Pentagon in information technology. But as the military and intelligence community try to take advantage of commercial IT innovation, especially in cloud computing, they have run into harsh limits. Security, long-range bandwidth and the sheer volume of data have created problems for the Pentagon that current commercially available cloud services can’t solve, two senior defense officials told me recently. The Defense Department will need a different kind of cloud, said Dave Mihelcic, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and Dan Doney, chief innovation officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In fact, it’ll need several different kinds of cloud, customized for different missions.

Government Agencies Want To Double Cloud Use, Yet Still Fearful Of Risks

Christine Kern, Business Solutions,  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Agencies want to double their cloud use — across infrastructure, platforms, and applications. And pressure to migrate to the cloud is certainly growing because of its potential benefits like improved agility, greater collaboration, and lack of IT complexity. However, 89 percent of federal IT professionals still feel some migration apprehension because of concerns regarding data stewardship and management.

Governments Enhance Wireless with the Cloud

Steve Zurier, StateTech,  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Government IT leaders say cloud-based systems save money, streamline management and improve service delivery.

5 Early Cloud Adopters In Federal Government

Elena Malykhina, InformationWeek,  Monday, September 22, 2014

Despite slow adoption government-wide, these agencies have paved the way for others implementing cloud computing.

Less than Half of Feds Say Security Is Key Part of Their Mobile Strategy

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Monday, September 22, 2014

Opposition from employees and unenforceable smartphone protections are the two biggest headaches for government information technology officials attempting to execute a mobile security strategy, according to new research.

CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

Ron Miller, TechCrunch,  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other party know they can accept or send funds. As you can imagine, they don’t ever want this information escaping their control. CloudFlare, a company that is trying to move all of the traditional networking hardware you typically have in an on-premises data center into the cloud, figured out how to let financial institutions have have it both ways.