Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives.

Global government biometrics spending to reach $122M by 2019

Justin Lee, Biometric Update,  Thursday, September 03, 2015

Technavio has published a new research report titled “Global Biometrics Spending Market in the Government Sector 2015-2019“, which forecasts global biometrics spending in the government sector to grow at a CAGR of more than 14% to reach more than USD $122 million by 2019.

FairSearch Response to the 27/08 Google Blog

FairSearch Blog,  Wednesday, September 02, 2015

FairSearch posted a point-by-point rebuttal to Google’s response to the European Commission’s antitrust charge sheet on the group’s blog. The rebuttal argued that the conduct outlined by the EC in its charges “has decimated competition in the comparison shopping market, enabling Google to corner this market and to reduce consumer choice. It has eliminated or marginalised competitors in this market who otherwise would have offered innovations to consumers – as well as lower prices.” It added, “Google and its lawyers misinterpret the law. The SO does not argue an essential facilities case, and it doesn’t need to be an essential facilities case for the European Commission to demand that Google stop placing competitors at a competitive disadvantage.”

Cisco: “Second Wave” of Cloud Adoption is Here

Michael Keating, Talkin' Cloud,  Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A majority of IT professionals are looking once again to the cloud as a new way to drum up profit-but this time, this “Second Wave” of cloud adoption could come in the form of business innovation as well as revenue increases. According to a new study from Cisco (CSCO) and IDC called “Don’t Get Left Behind: The Business Benefits of Achieving Greater Cloud Adoption,” IDC surveyed more than 3,600 enterprise executives about their current and planned cloud usage, and found that 53 percent of companies expect cloud to drive increased revenue over the next two years.

CSC and friends Amazon and Microsoft score big cloud win

Barb Darrow, Fortune,  Monday, August 31, 2015

Giant systems integrator CSC just logged a major cloud contract from the Federal Aviation Authority that could add up to $1 billion over the next decade. And it did so with help from two public cloud rivals—Amazon Web Services and Microsoft as part of its team. Under the ten-year contract, initially valued at $108 million, the CSC team will “consolidate FAA data centers and migrate FAA data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment [using] the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool,” according to CSC’s announcement Monday.

Google issues defiant response to EU charges

Nicholas Hirst, POLITICO,  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google filed a formal response Thursday rebutting the European Commission’s charges that it used its dominance over Internet searches to stifle online competition. The 150-page document points to the power of giants like Amazon and eBay as evidence that the market for online shopping is thriving and dismisses rivals’ claims that the search engine has intentionally quashed their traffic.

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Markus Rex, Datanami,  Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As cloud adoption continues its meteoric ascent, the number of access points to enterprise data also increases. And while keeping data on premise is no guarantee of security, it does drastically reduce the number of access points. But the case for keeping data on premise goes far beyond a common sense security and risk mitigation play that tells us the fewer servers our data runs through, the safer it is.

DISA’s best practices for cloud migration

Mark Pomerleau, GCN,  Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Defense Information Systems Agency recently released “Best Practices Guide for Department of Defense Cloud Mission Owners” for those planning to migrate existing systems from physical environments to the cloud. The guide follows the release of three other documents in July regarding cloud computing security requirements.

National Self-Interest And The Coming Internet Crack-Up

Michael Chertoff by Michael Chertoff, Chertoff Group
Friday, August 21, 2015

The singular characteristic that defines the cyber network is its universality. If we are not careful, however, that principle of universality will soon come to an end. National self-interest has us rushing headlong to the establishment of sovereign “borders” and jurisdictional limits across the cyber-globe that will fracture the network into multiple, overlapping, competing parts. And that, in turn, will come at a great cost to personal freedom, economic productivity and social development.

Azure Government Achieves Significant Compliance Milestones

Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure Blog,  Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In April Microsoft announced four new industry certifications for Microsoft Azure – CDSA for the digital media and entertainment industry, FISC for Japanese financial services organizations, DISA Level 2 for the US defense sector, and MTCS Level 3 for the Singapore government. Today I’m excited to share another four milestones specific to Azure Government:

FedRAMP needs feds to help refine high impact baseline

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Saturday, August 15, 2015

Federal IT managers working with high-impact secure systems are being asked to join a Tiger Team to assess and refine the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) proposed high baseline. The FedRAMP program office has been hard at work on the high security baseline — standards for securing sensitive data on commercial cloud systems — expected to be finalized before the end of the year.