Cunningham Levy LLP
Thursday, February 27, 2014
If you’re looking to launch a cloud-based venture, Ireland wants you to know it’s open for business. Very open. Not just a tax haven, mind you, Ireland wants to be very clear about that, given allegations to the contrary in the US Congress last year. In late 2013, Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency, chartered to attract foreign business to the island, pushed back hard on allegations that companies establish “headquarters” in Ireland in order to render themselves immune from corporate tax. The IDA stressed, in a Venture Beat Op-Ed, that, while it’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate is attractive there is far more to recommend Ireland as a “cloud haven.”
The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In a sweeping decision, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington struck down an order from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the FCC said was intended to foster an open internet network and provide transparency and ease of access for consumers. In doing so, the DC Circuit dramatically affected the prospects for many current and future cloud applications – so dramatically, for example, that the value of Netflix stock initially dropped 5% in the wake of the decision. (Netflix is thought to be disadvantaged by the decision). The stock has rebounded since, but the incident makes it clear that some cloud providers are dependent on a particular pricing framework for internet transmission – a one size fits all model where broadband service providers cannot charge discriminatory prices to different content creators based on the nature and volume of their product. The current pricing framework is now likely to be reexamined. How that reexamination plays out will determine the security and efficacy of cloud services in the next few years.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In the world of data protection, it’s an old story: Personal data gets shared with a third party data service provider, and then something goes wrong at the provider.
Cunningham Levy LLP
Friday, January 24, 2014
As the year changes, everyone makes lists. Here’s mine: the top 5 reasons the EU would be wrong to kill Safe Harbor. I hope EU politicians will resolve to consider them before dropping lumps of coal into their citizens’ privacy stockings. Their threat to terminate the Safe Harbor program: is based on inaccurate information; would destroy one of the few effective US legal tools to protect EU citizens’ privacy; would heavily burden US companies and trans-Atlantic commerce; has no chance to stop NSA spying-- the professed goal; and is ill-timed given now that the US government now is starting to police itself.
Brian Robinson, GCN, Friday, January 24, 2014
Among city government IT managers, cloud computing has drawn a lot of interest, as well as suspicion. Along with the touted advantages of the cloud has come considerable caution over its drawbacks, not least for its potential security and privacy hazards. Consequently, cities have been slow to adopt cloud-based services.
SafeGov.org Commissioned White Paper Proposes Framework for Improving Federal Cloud Networks and Procurement Processes
SafeGov.org today released its latest report titled “Staying Safe in Cyberspace: Cloud Security on the Horizon” at the MeriTalk 2014 Cloud Computing Brainstorm held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The report proposes an integrated approach to cloud implementation to help agencies realize the benefits of cloud technologies while meeting current Federal cybersecurity requirements. Until now, efforts to implement cybersecurity and cloud computing initiatives have been fragmented and lack overarching coordination. This report works to address this gap in a series of recommendations intended to mitigate risk while harnessing the vast rewards provided by cloud technologies.
The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In a year full of surprises (did you really think that Apple stock prices would rebound?) there are some developments that seem inevitable. One candidate for “least surprising” tech event of the year was the aftermath of the Snowden revelations – distrust of the United States and, closely related, foreign abandonment of domestic American cloud service providers.
As the federal government strives to improve technology asset utilization and cybersecurity to enable mission fulfillment in an era of budget constraints, what is "old" is becoming "new" again.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
To create a sedimentary rock you need two things, time and pressure. To create a metamorphic rock you need those two plus a lot of heat. Cloud computing is in effect a sedimentary computing solution. It is one of the many solutions we've had in the past layered one on top of the other producing one solid rock formation with many distinct pieces. It’s taken some time to solidify and become “part of the bedrock.” So what will the creation of the next big thing, “metamorphic” cloud look like?
The Chertoff Group
Monday, October 07, 2013
For too long the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was lukewarm in its approach to cloud-based solutions for the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS). Its official position had been that existing CJIS security standards are “compatible” with cloud-based solutions – a stance that was too equivocal. In August, the FBI finally changed its position; making it clear that cloud computing and all of its benefits are in fact compatible with CJIS standards. Cloud applications are the wave of the future and it was time for the FBI to climb down off the fence and affirmatively approve cloud CJIS applications.