NIST Releases Cloud Computing Roadmap

Christine Kern, Business Solutions,  Friday, November 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. Reflecting the input of more than 200 comments on the initial draft, this report leverages the available strengths and resources and highlights the strategic and tactical objectives necessary to support accelerated cloud computing adoption by federal agencies, according to a press release.

GSA adopts agile acquisition for government marketplace

Rutrell Yasin, Federal Times,  Friday, November 21, 2014

GSA is working with other agencies to construct a Government Acquisition Marketplace that will result in cost savings, reduced duplication of acquisition programs and better procurement decisions. A Common Acquisition Platform (CAP) and category management are key supporting initiatives central to the creation of the marketplace.

Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

,  Friday, November 21, 2014

Microsoft’s Office 365 became the first Email-as-a-Service (EaaS) to gain accreditation under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Thursday, receiving authority to operate (ATO) cloud services for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Microsoft’s Azure public cloud service received provisional authority to operate (P-ATO) last year, but the full ATO awarded Thursday makes it the first EaaS to gain full accreditation.

Privacy Protections Unite Carmakers

Joan Lowy, Associated Press ,  Friday, November 14, 2014

Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize. The principles were delivered in a letter Wednesday to the Federal Trade Commission, which has the authority to force corporations to live up to their promises to consumers. Industry officials say they want to assure their customers that the information that their cars stream back to automakers or that is downloaded from the vehicle's computers won't be handed over to authorities without a court order, sold to insurance companies or used to bombard them with ads for pizza parlors, gas stations or other businesses they drive past, without their permission.

EU mulls conferring binding powers on body of data privacy regulators

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Friday, November 14, 2014

A new body of European data protection authorities could have the power to adopt legally binding decisions in cross-border disputes over a company's misuse of personal data, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Under a mechanism originally proposed in reforms of Europe's data protection laws, businesses operating across the 28-nation European Union would have to deal only with the data protection authority in the country where they are headquartered - even if alleged mishandling of data affects citizens in another country. A new proposal by Italy, which holds the rotating European presidency, gives all concerned authorities the chance to intervene in all stages of the decision-making process.

Microsoft buys Aorato in cloud security push

Business Cloud News,  Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ending months of speculation, Microsoft has officially confirmed it acquired cloud security startup Aorato for an undisclosed sum. Founded about three years ago, Aorato offers software that tracks user behaviour when accessing applications linked to Active Directory, both in the cloud and on premise. It uses machine learning algorithms to track behaviour on enterprise networks and dynamically alters access to users or machines accessing those networks when they show signs of nefarious activity or strongly deviate from normal usage patterns.

VIEVU Works With Microsoft Azure Government Cloud to Enhance Public Safety Cloud Platform for Body Cameras

Globe Newswire,  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

VIEVU, an industry leader in body worn video (BWV), today unveiled its work with Microsoft Corp. to develop an industry-leading, enterprise-grade cloud platform built on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud as part of the VIEVU video management solution for law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency responders. A top concern for public safety agencies is whether a cloud platform meets the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) policies, which enables departments to connect to the FBI's systems and securely access its data. Understanding this is a crucial priority for law enforcement and public safety agencies, VIEVU worked with Microsoft to develop the first CJIS- capable version of the trusted VERIPATROL platform for the Microsoft Azure Government cloud.

Obama Urges F.C.C. to Adopt Rules to Protect Net Neutrality

Michael Shear and Edward Wyattnov, New York Times,  Monday, November 10, 2014

President Obama on Monday put the full weight of his administration behind an open and free Internet, calling for a strict policy of so-called net neutrality and formally opposing deals in which content providers like Netflix would pay huge sums to broadband companies for faster access to their customers. The president’s proposal is consistent with his longstanding support for rules that seek to prevent cable and telephone companies from providing special access to some content providers.

DoD migrating to NSA-managed process for mobile device security approvals

Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio,  Monday, November 10, 2014

The Defense Department is making some significant changes in the processes it uses to make sure commercial mobile technologies are safe enough for military networks, migrating from a process that's been largely managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency to one that relies more on private laboratories and is coordinated by the National Security Agency.

Police forces use private cloud to access Holmes database

Cliff Saran, Computer Weekly,  Friday, November 07, 2014

At least £2.5m savings could be made when 43 UK police forces start using a private cloud service supplied by Unisys to access the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (Holmes). Unisys has been operating Holmes for the last 13 years. "This is the first time the system will be provided through a UK private cloud," said Forbes Gallagher, account director for police and criminal justice at Unisys.