Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld, Monday, November 11, 2013
The fight between IBM and Amazon Web Services (AWS) over a CIA cloud computing contract is just a preview of what's ahead. Federal investment in cloud computing is showing remarkable growth. AWS and IBM, as well as many others in the cloud space, are fighting for mindshare among federal IT managers, who now ordering cloud services by the truckload. Market research firm Deltek said federal cloud computing growth has become "explosive" in just a few years.
Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News, Friday, November 08, 2013
Is FedRAMP, the government's standardized approach to cloud security, working? All cloud services and products in use by the federal government and in active acquisition must be FedRAMP-compliant by June 2014. As vendors work their way through the assessment process with the deadline a mere seven months away, the question of whether or not the program is working is being raised by some observers in government and industry.
Jane McCallion, CloudPro, Thursday, November 07, 2013
Scott Fletcher, the founder of IaaS provider ANS Group and a former advisor to Chancellor George Osborne, has slammed the attitude of Government departments, claiming they are wasting money on internal IT systems instead of embracing the cloud.
Michael C. Daconta, InformationWeek Government, Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Gartner research director Richard Watson once observed, "When the CIO issues the simple directive: 'Move some applications to the cloud,' architects face bewildering choices about how to do this, and their decision must consider an organization's requirements, evaluation criteria and architecture principles."
(ISC)2 Government Advisory Board Executive Writers Bureau, Government Computer News, Tuesday, November 05, 2013
As they did with many cloud-based technologies, agencies have rushed to social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others — often without involvement from the CIO or chief information security officer. While social media services may be freely available, two questions are being considered by government agencies: 1) are the services subject to the Federal Information Security Management Act, and 2) what should an agency do to understand the risk it is assuming with social media? Several agencies are finding the answer by simply following the existing the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s process for FISMA.
Andy Medici, Federal Times, Sunday, November 03, 2013
There are not enough certified cloud services providers to meet the federal government’s needs, say senior information technology executives. “At the current rate we are moving activities into the cloud, we are going to need more authorized service providers,” said the Interior Department’s chief information officer, Bernard Mazer.
Richard A. Falkenrath,
Friday, November 01, 2013
Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath and Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley discuss alleged NSA spying on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."
Nitin Pradhan, InformationWeek Government, Thursday, October 31, 2013
After leaving the position of CIO for the U.S. Department of Transportation, I co-founded a marketplace called GOVonomy, designed to match government needs and opportunities with emerging technology products from startups and growth companies. Most of these products are cloud-based and may require the government's FedRAMP security assessment. Yet most private companies are not aware of the FedRAMP program and process, or how it can help improve their cloud security. So as part of a new series of discussions with top government leaders for InformationWeek Government, I interviewed Maria Roat, the FedRAMP director at GSA.
Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week, Thursday, October 24, 2013
The latest draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework is meatier than its August predecessor, but heated debate continues over the question of voluntary standards versus regulatory mandates.