Security

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. SafeGov.org 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.

What EC v. Google means for US government users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Friday, April 24, 2015

While the Commission’s case is directed at Google’s conduct in the consumer market, it is important to consider the significant implications this has for enterprise users globally in both the public and private sectors. The EC’s decision reinforces the necessity that customers must educate themselves on the data-use terms of their cloud providers and craft their contracts accordingly.

Europe Looks to Tame Web’s Economic Risks

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, April 24, 2015

The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document that lays bare the deep concerns in top EU policy circles around the economic threat posed by companies like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. Such a move would throw the biggest obstacle yet in the way of U.S. Internet companies operating in Europe, a number of which are already embroiled in investigations and lawsuits over issues including unfair competition and tax avoidance.

The push for police body cameras comes with plenty of tech challenges

Derek Major, GCN,  Friday, April 24, 2015

The increasing number of police brutality claims around the United States are raising calls for police body cameras, which many see as a way to increase transparency and trust between law enforcement and citizens. According to a YouGov/Economist poll, 88 percent of Americans support the use of body cameras on police. But citizens and politicians who see body cameras as quick fix may be underestimating the costs and complexity of this potentially game-changing technology.

Industry and tech groups press Congress for MLAT funding

SIIA,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

The undersigned organizations [13 in all] are writing jointly to urge your support to assign the highest priority for funding the urgently needed improvements in the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAT) process. For more than half a century, the United States’ bilateral MLATs and related multilateral agreements with foreign governments have served as a trusted and reliable mechanism for law enforcement to gain assistance across borders to pursue criminal investigations.

ISO 27018 and protecting personal information in the cloud: a first year scorecard

Richard Kemp, Business Cloud News,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

A year after it was published, – the first international standard focusing on the protection of personal data in the public cloud – continues, unobtrusively and out of the spotlight, to move centre stage as the battle for cloud pre-eminence heats up.

Cloud, Mobile and Enterprise Encryption: The New Normal?

Joe Panettieri, Information Management,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

After a decade of false starts, encryption technology is taking hold across mobile devices and cloud computing. The big question: Can traditional enterprise networks and on-premises data centers keep pace with the fast-rising encryption trend?

Cloud privacy, security improving but obstacles remain

Rob Wright, TechTarget,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Security experts discussed the state of cloud privacy and security at RSA Conference 2015, arguing that while major improvements have been made, serious concerns remain. In a session Tuesday titled "Security and Privacy in the Cloud: How Far Have We Come?" panel moderator John Pescatore, director of the SANS Institute, asked representatives from Microsoft and Google how their companies have improved cloud security and privacy standards for both users and employees over the last year.

What EC v. Google means for US government users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What is old is new again. Another tech behemoth is facing significant government antitrust allegations. After a five-year investigation, the European Commission (EC) has issued formal antitrust charges against Google focused on the company’s Internet search dominance. The EC has also launched a formal investigation into Android – Google’s ad-subsidized mobile platform. On April 15, the EC sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining its view that Google abuses its position by favoring its own products in search. According to the statement, “The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers.” While the Commission’s case is directed at Google’s conduct in the consumer market, it is important to consider the significant implications this has for enterprise users globally in both the public and private sectors. The EC’s decision reinforces the necessity that customers must educate themselves on the data-use terms of their cloud providers and craft their contracts accordingly.

A booster shot for cloud privacy standards?

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A 2013 update to HIPAA’s privacy standards put greater restrictions on profit-making uses of PHI but did not go far enough. With the update, cloud providers have the option of adopting stronger voluntary privacy standards. Released in August 2014, the ISO/IEC code of practice (known formally as 27018) outlines standards for how providers of public cloud services should handle personally identifiable information). Though there is some overlap with HIPAA, the ISO/IEC code of practice draws several important distinctions:

Cloud Infrastructure Spending Grows, Will Reach $32 Billion in 2015

Cheryl Kemp, The Whir,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cloud infrastructure spending will account for 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending in 2015 according to the Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker released on Tuesday by IDC. This growth represents an increase of 21 percent over 2014.