Thoughts on Cloud, Friday, April 17, 2015
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, state and local governments are embracing the cloud. In all, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) finds that 20 percent of states are now investing heavily in cloud computing, according to their 2014 survey. And these early adopters are saving significant taxpayer dollars.
Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology, Saturday, April 11, 2015
There’s an ongoing debate about when the term “cloud computing” first appeared. But there’s no debate about the cloud’s positive impact over the past decade. Whether discussing technology infrastructure, new data center needs, software as a service, disaster recovery, mobile app delivery or other aspects of future technology innovation, cloud computing is at the center of the conversation. But security continues to top the list of cloud concerns. To prep for a recent online symposium on improving cloud security, I reviewed 2008 presentations from when I was Michigan’s CISO describing the good, the bad and the ugly in the cloud. Here were some of the bullets...
Help Net Security, Friday, March 27, 2015
As companies accelerate their adoption of the cloud, the cloud data footprint is expected to grow to 6.5 zettabytes by 2018. This rapid migration of data into the cloud creates the need for insight into both cloud adoption trends and cloud data security issues.
Rob Wright, TechTarget, Friday, March 27, 2015
A newly released government report shows a lack of basic security controls in many departments and agencies, highlighting the precarious state of federal cloud security.
Rutrell Yasin, Federal Times, Monday, March 23, 2015
The year 2013 was a busy one for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which moved its website and email to various cloud infrastructures to achieve greater operational efficiency and costs savings. A law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice, ATF moved atf.gov to a Drupal platform operated by Acquia and hosted on the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure. In the same year, the bureau also moved 7,500 email users to the Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based messaging and collaboration platform, said Rick Holgate, ATF's assistant director for science and technology and CIO.
Nicole Blake Johnson, StateTech, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A number of state and local governments are downsizing IT staff through attrition, collapsing data centers and rationalizing applications. They’re gradually backing out of the data-center business and tapping commercial vendors to host government applications in the cloud. In some cases, they’re co-locating with other governments.
Steve Towns, Government Technology, Tuesday, March 10, 2015
With tax revenue bouncing back, states and localities are poised to spend billions of dollars on technology this year. E.Republic’s annual Beyond the Beltway Conference held this week just outside Washington, D.C., offered insight into how state and local CIOs intend to use those funds. The big winners will be system modernization, cybersecurity and open data, according to more than a dozen city, county and state CIOs who talked about their priorities at the day-long conference on Monday. They also pointed to issues around privacy and storage created by emerging trends like police video.
J. Peter Bruzzese, InfoWorld, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Microsoft recently announced it's the first major cloud provider to adopt the global cloud privacy standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Auditors verified that Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, and Intune conform to the standard (ISO 27018) designed to protect personally identifiable information (PII) in the cloud, addressing a fear that users and businesses share in many countries -- especially users, businesses, and governments in Europe. But what does that compliance really get you? ISO 27018 is a good starting point to protect personal data, as Microsoft has outlined. But Microsoft has to do whatever legal authorities tell it, so its protections are subject to governments' often secret and inconsistent interpretations of their authority.
Intelligence In The Cloud: Lockheed Martin And Esri Cloud Deployment Enables Geospatial Information Sharing Across Intel Community
CNN Money / PR Newswire, Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The deployment of the portal for Esri's ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) provides a single environment for analysts to securely organize and share data throughout the intelligence community and Department of Defense. It's also the foundational step in consolidating multiple geospatial intelligence portals into the single NGA-provided portal, resulting in technology and license cost savings. This is NGA's second pioneering step in the cloud, after the agency moved their Map of the World application to the C2S environment late last year.
Bill Kleyman, Data Center Knowledge, Monday, February 16, 2015
Moving forward, the hybrid cloud model will give end-users even more services and benefits. A recent Gartner report found that the use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend. 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud. By the end of 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.