Microsoft Research thinks Haven might be the answer to cloud storage security problems

Mark Wilson, BetaNews,  Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Storing your data in the cloud requires you to place trust in a company and its service. Whether you're talking about Dropbox, Google Drive or an enterprise level solution, security is of paramount importance. There have been numerous high profile cases in recent months in which data breaches have occurred and private data has been accessed by unauthorized people -- including the NSA et al. It's little wonder that many people are wary of moving entirely to the cloud. But Microsoft Research may have a solution. A small team of researchers came up with the idea of Haven, a cloud system that introduces the idea of shielded execution. This is a platform designed not just for storing data, but also to securely run cloud-based applications, including those based on legacy code.

4 Trends to Watch in 2015

Stephen Goldsmith, Government Technology,  Monday, December 01, 2014

In the New Year, municipalities will face the challenge of ensuring that their data-driven approaches empower them to be responsive to citizens’ wants, needs and ideas. In 2014, municipalities across the country made meaningful progress in systematically integrating data and technology into the way they conduct government business. In the New Year, they’ll face the next challenge of ensuring that this new data-driven approach goes beyond the walls of city hall and empowers them to be responsive to citizens’ wants, needs and ideas. Here are the four trends that I expect will be pivotal to continuing the ongoing transformation of government in the coming year...

Working Our Way Toward the Federated Cloud

Arthur Cole, IT Business Edge,  Monday, December 01, 2014

Some interesting research came out last month regarding the enterprise’s attitude toward the cloud and what it will take to push more of the data load, and mission-critical functions in particular, off of local infrastructure. It turns out that while security and availability are still prime concerns, flexibility and federation across multiple cloud architectures are equally important.

G-Cloud rises above EMEA gov cloud initiatives, but for how long?

Business Cloud News,  Friday, November 28, 2014

The UK government is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to cloud adoption and streamlining digital service procurement practices across the public sector, according to recently published research from IDC. But Massimiliano Claps, research director at IDC Government Insights told BCN that while the UK government has taken strides to refine the procurement and certification process for G-Cloud, it’s unclear whether the moves will make buyers’ lives easier.

Securing Government Clouds: What Lessons Have Been Learnt from the U.K. G-Cloud Program

IDC,  Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Over the past five or six years, Western European governments have realized the potential benefits of cloud computing. In the early days of cloud, government CIOs were split between the skeptics — who considered cloud as just another iteration of traditional infrastructure and application hosting, and the enthusiasts — who saw cloud as a quick and easy way to significantly cut capex. In particular, government CIOs we have spoken with are now looking at cloud to improve their ability to give access to applications and data from remote locations and multiple devices, as well as enhance scalability and elasticity to deal with peak workloads and cope with fast-growing demand for computing capacity. The U.K. government is ahead of the curve compared with other countries in Western Europe in terms of cloud computing adoption across all deployment models.

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.

The Broker Road Less Traveled

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I’ve been thinking and writing about the cloud market now for more than five years. In that time I have seen a number of solutions come and go. What I haven’t seen yet is the small agile solution that in the end forces the larger players to change not only their approach but in the end also what and how they deliver services. So I am stuck with that question what might that change be? Recently I started realizing that in the end the change that would modify the CSP’s quickly and in the end change the market forever is the solution known as a cloud broker.

5 ways to minimize risk in the cloud

Marty Heinrich, Federal Times,  Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chief concerns over cloud storage include vulnerability to hacking and theft, privacy and ownership of information that resides outside of agency firewalls, lack of portability standards, weak records management capability, and insufficient due diligence before migration. The following are recommendations for creating policies to minimize risk surrounding the management of information stored in cloud environments ...

What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Data Sovereignty

Ajay Patel, SmartData Collective,  Monday, November 17, 2014

Sovereignty isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind when thinking about data. With all the recent data fiascos, privacy is what’s at the forefront of most consumers’ minds. But data sovereignty relates to data privacy, and businesses need to understand this concept when choosing where they store their digital information. Unfortunately, the laws and regulations protecting digital information can be extremely complex. They are dependent on different governments and jurisdictions, and data stored in certain countries may or may not be subject to subpoena by another country’s government (or even the host country’s government).

DoD Changes Cloud Computing Policy

Henry Kenyon, InformationWeek Government,  Monday, November 17, 2014

The Department of Defense is getting ready to deploy a new cloud computing policy that allows the armed services more say in selecting service providers. Besides allowing commercial vendors to support DoD operations, the move also allows the military to be more efficient in adopting mobile devices and other related technologies, said the department's acting chief information officer.