Healthcare execs say ACA increases risk to patient data

Susan D. Hall, FierceHealthIT,  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A lack of proven security in the health insurance marketplaces is a key threat to patient information, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute, which also lists criminal attacks, employee negligence, unsecured mobile devices and business associates among the top security and privacy issues health organizations face.

Samsung KNOX 2.0: True Business-Class Android?

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Last year at this time, I wrote about the introduction of Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s enhanced version of Android with unique security and enterprise features. At the time I was very excited to see this type of solution as I felt it met a critical need for business and government customers who wanted to use Android devices.

Online privacy a threat to kids: forum

AAP, The Herald Sun,  Monday, March 03, 2014

Detailed personal information about thousands of Australian children is up for grabs each time they log in at school, a forum has heard, and parents have no idea. The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) says free web tools such as Google apps and Gmail are widely used in Australian schools, and the company has agreed not to show advertising to in-school users of their online offerings.

A checklist for negotiating government cloud service contracts

David Weldon, FierceCIO,  Friday, February 28, 2014

Government agencies at the federal and state level are lured to cloud computing by the promise of cost savings and expanded services. But there are also risks associated with moving operations and applications to the cloud.

'Government as a Platform': How Cloud Computing Is Progressing Inside The Beltway

Joe McKendrick, Forbes,  Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cloud computing is more than just the latest in a series of attempts to pare down government spending — it’s a gateway to unprecedented innovation in a sector known more for bureaucratic inertia. That’s the view of Dr. Rick Holgate, president of the American Council for Technology (ACT), an independent advisory group and community of government managers and employees. In his view, cloud is one of three forces of innovation sweeping U.S. federal agencies, along with restructuring and opening up to private industry partnerships.

Bill sets standards for student privacy

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Many public schools in Maryland engage private cloud-computing services to provide software and digital educational platforms to help students learn. Schools have entrusted these companies with vast amounts of sensitive student data contained in emails, digital documents and school records, which is stored in computer networks outside of our schools. While cloud providers can offer tremendous advantages, their use may have a darker side.

Final version of NIST cybersecurity framework draws mixed reviews

Brandon Blevins, SearchSecurity,  Monday, February 17, 2014

The final version of the NIST cybersecurity framework, released last week, is intended to provide a baseline of IT security best practices for U.S.-based critical infrastructure organizations. Experts, however, questioned whether the document provides the sort of easily understandable and actionable advice those organizations require.

Why FedRAMP should matter to you

Paul Nguyen, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FedRAMP. If you haven’t yet heard of it, consider this your call to action. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) develops tough security standards that form the basis of its certification protocol for cloud services providers (CSPs). Beginning in June 2014, all CSPs that deliver, or plan to deliver, services to the federal government will be required to obtain FedRAMP certification.

State and Local Gov Unprepared For Many IT Shifts

Bailey McCann, CivSource,  Monday, February 10, 2014

A new report from Meritalk shows that state and local government IT departments are unprepared for a number of big IT initiatives already happening at the federal level. Data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – promise to improve agency performance, productivity, and service but they also require specific skills and resources IT departments may not have in place.

Three years after US ‘Cloud First’ mandate, federal agencies struggle with implementation

Jonathan Brandon, Business Cloud News,  Monday, February 10, 2014

Three years after the US government implemented a ‘Cloud First’ mandate that would require federal agencies to consider cloud-based IT services for certain systems, the federal public service continues to struggle with cloud implementations according to recently published research from Accenture. Annette Rippert, managing director of technology solutions and Accenture’s lead on federal cloud work said a lack of critical skills is the leading factor at play here.