IT professionals continue to cite security concerns as one of the largest barriers to cloud migration. Uniform government standards specific to cloud computing have yet to be finalized, leaving important questions regarding data availability and integrity unanswered. aims to provoke discussion related to these concerns as well as raise awareness of the ways in which cloud computing could ultimately strengthen existing security measures.

The Case That Has Microsoft, Apple and Amazon Agreeing for Once

Dina Bass, Bloomberg,  Wednesday, September 02, 2015

More than two dozen companies, including Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., have filed briefs on Microsoft’s behalf in the case, which is about due process and the right to privacy, and money. Internet service providers may be hard-pressed to sell Web-based products if they can’t promise that digital records stowed in foreign countries will be protected by those countries’ laws -- and from unilateral U.S. search-and-seizure missions.

Nationality in the cloud: US clashes with Microsoft over seizing data from abroad

Sam Thielman, The Guardian,  Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Does cloud computing have a nationality? That’s the question posed by Microsoft’s lawyers and the counsel in a closely watched case whose oral arguments begin in Manhattan on Wednesday morning. The case scrutinizes the ability of the US government to seize information outside its own borders. Microsoft and the US government are facing off in the second circuit court of appeals over the tech giant’s continuing refusal to hand over emails related to a narcotics case from a Hotmail account hosted in Ireland in 2013.

Why HIPAA Matters: Medical ID Theft and the Human Cost of Health Privacy+Security Incidents

By Daniel Solove, LinkedIn,  Wednesday, September 02, 2015

For so many healthcare providers, HIPAA is a source of great aggravation. It's difficult. It's boring. It seems to consist of a lot of inconvenient and costly requirements. I believe that these attitudes about HIPAA are due to a failure to educate healthcare professionals about the reasons why HIPAA matters. HIPAA is not about doing all sorts of needless things for their own sake. It is about protecting patients.

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.”

The IACP’s cloud computing principles address new data collection technologies

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recent update of the group’s cloud computing principles fits in with findings from recent Penton E-surveys of local government officials. GPN reached out to Paul Rosenzweig, senior advisor to the Washington, D.C.-based Chertoff Group, for his views on local government technology and the IACP principles.

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.

Survey: 87 Percent of Parents Are Concerned About Student Data Security

Christopher Piehler, THE Journal,  Monday, August 31, 2015

The Future of Privacy Forum has released new survey data showing that a large majority of parents are concerned about the level of student data privacy and security in America’s K-12 schools. According to the survey, 87 percent of parents expressed concern that their child’s electronic education records could be hacked or stolen. For this reason, 85% of parents said that their willingness to support the use of student data and technology in education must be coupled with efforts to ensure security. When asked if they are “comfortable with [a] properly protected electronic education record being created for my child,” 71 percent replied that they were. The survey, which was conducted online this spring by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Future of Privacy Forum, included 1,002 parents in the United States with children 17 and under.

Seeking Solutions to Cross-Border Data Realities

H. Bryan CunninghamPaul Rosenzweig by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Friday, August 28, 2015

In this interview with The Cybersecurity Law Report, Bryan Cunningham and Paul Rosenzweig discuss myriad issues in transferring digital data across nations that have different privacy regimes, potential solutions, and their take on pending cases that could change how companies handle data.

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.