The Benefits of Cloud Computing For Public Safety – Part 3

Mark Fetherolf by Mark Fetherolf, InterAct
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ironically, cloud adoption by public safety has lagged many industries for which the benefi­ts are not nearly as great. The nature of public safety applications is such that the advantages of shared systems are greater in both cost and utility.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing For Public Safety – Part 2

Mark Fetherolf by Mark Fetherolf, InterAct
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

In the SaaS model, a vendor takes responsibility for not only infrastructure, but also for all of the processes required to manage an entire application solution (patches, upgrades, backups, database management, systems tuning, performance management, etc.). Because SaaS vendors manage many customers on a small number of application instances, they can amortize infrastructure costs over many customers. In other words, the inherent savings of the cloud are compounded when many agencies share a single system.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing For Public Safety – Part 1

Mark Fetherolf by Mark Fetherolf, InterAct
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The U.S. Federal Government has adopted a “cloud first” policy that requires agencies default to cloud-based solutions whenever a secure, reliable, cloud option exists. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a three volume Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap and initiated a standards acceleration program so that best practices from the private sector can be used for government systems immediately, without a protracted standards process.

Lessons from the South Carolina Debacle

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

In October 2012 approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers belonging to South Carolina taxpayers were potentially exposed to exploitation by cyber attacks that penetrated the servers operated by the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

Is Cloud Data Encryption the Answer to Patriot Act Fears?

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, November 09, 2012

Nestled in the fields of Normandy near the banks of the Seine, an ultra-modern data center has just switched on thousands of servers. The center belongs to a new French cloud infrastructure provider called CloudWatt. Its stated purpose? Defeating the USA Patriot Act by placing French cloud data beyond the long arm of American authorities. For, laments Le Monde in an article announcing CloudWatt’s launch, “the supercomputers of the biggest cloud providers, such as Amazon or Google, are all located outside of France”. In particular, they are mostly located in the United States, where – according to Le Monde – the Patriot Act “allows the American government to access any data it pleases if the data is considered sensitive”.

Mission to a Collaborative Cloud: America’s Next Tech Frontier

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, he famously declared it as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But Armstrong’s moon walk was more than just a milestone in human history: it represented an accomplishment achieved through American teamwork and cooperation.

Cloud Computing for Public Sector video

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Thursday, November 01, 2012

While most people are already familiar with the term cloud computing, our goal with this short video is to introduce some generally accepted definitions and reference points in order to provide a common framework for dialog about cloud computing.

Encryption, not restriction, is the key to safe cloud computing

Richard A. FalkenrathPaul Rosenzweig by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Friday, October 05, 2012

It’s 11 p.m. Do you know where your data is? If your enterprise has transitioned to the cloud for data storage the answer almost certainly is “no.” Portions of it might be in Malaysia; other bits in Antigua. Today, governments across the globe are deeply uncomfortable with that answer -- but they don’t need to be. Just a small application of technological magic through encryption at rest can dispel concerns about data’s location.

Data Center Locations Critical to Cloud Recovery

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, Civitas Group
Friday, September 14, 2012

When it comes to safeguarding electronic health records, location matters. Take the case of Alberta Health Services (AHS), a Canadian government-led authority responsible for managing the electronic health records of patients across 400 medical facilities.

Cloud Service Out? Try Cloud Liability Insurance

Melvin Greer by Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Several premier cloud computing Service Providers have suffered disruptions in the past year – affecting millions of users. There are cases where a small number of users lose the capabilities of a particular service offering while the remaining users retain full functionality. For example, some Gmail disruptions have affected only a small percentage of the user base. In other cases, outages may take out a number of customer websites that rely on those services. When Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure experienced a brief network outage, it knocked offline popular sites such as Foursquare, Heroku, Quora, Reddit, and Netflix that rely on the underlying AWS functionality. For private cloud-based services, any disruptions at the cloud Service Provider level can be just as traumatic.