The NSA Disclosures and the Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The seeming flood of disclosures about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) activity sometimes threatens to overwhelm the observer. More to the point, the flood often does more to conceal revelations than it does to expose them. The important things get lost in the wave of less relevant information. That’s particularly true of new information about the NSA’s encryption and interception activities and how they will affect cloud service providers.

BYOD Not Dead, Long Live BYOD

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This month I attended the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Privacy Academy and there was a lot of talk about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) -- letting workers bring their own favorite mobile devices to work and use them to connect to corporate resources such as email, document portals and business applications for tasks such as customer relationship management.

Cloud Computing Is A Technology Game Changer For Public Safety

Mark Fetherolf by Mark Fetherolf, InterAct
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Looking for guidance on implementing Cloud Computing for public safety and law enforcement scenarios? Check out this new Cloud 101 guide from InterAct which includes an overview of cloud computing and details on the InterAct Public Safety Cloud.

Guiding Principles For Law Enforcement’s Transition To Cloud Services

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP),  Thursday, January 31, 2013

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced results of an IACP / SafeGov / Ponemon Institute survey of IACP member agencies. The survey examined how local and state law enforcement officials view the potential of cloud computing in the law enforcement environment and their plans for the future. A total of 272 agencies responded to the survey, and nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of the respondents were the chief executives of their agencies.

Cloud Computing in Education

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Monday, January 28, 2013

In celebration of Data Privacy Day, SafeGov is releasing this "Cloud Computing for Education" video for educational institution leaders. This video provides guidance on selecting cloud service providers with an emphasis on data protection and security recommendations.

Easing Law Enforcement’s Cloud Worries

Richard A. Falkenrath by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

There are many reasons why law enforcement has been slow to embrace the cloud—from general reluctance to deploy new technologies to procurement policies that make purchasing cloud services more difficult.

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.