Commentary

9/11 Vs. Snowden: My Students' Surprising Debate About Privacy And Government

Michael Murphy, Forbes,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

“If it means preventing another 9/11,” one student said, “I’m willing to give up some of my privacy.” A long, thoughtful debate about a personal need to encrypt versus the larger question of right-to-privacy continued. Whether it was a normal multi-perspective conversation in a journalism class, I don’t know, but the less-privacy-more-security side seemed to be in the majority.

How the cloud has made HR better

Gareth Cartman, Cloud Tech,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

It seemed for a long time that the traditional reasons for moving to the cloud - i.e. reduced cost, increased flexibility - were the key drivers behind the shift towards cloud-delivered software, but some professions are seeing wider benefits. Let's look at the example of Human Resources - another of those industries initially reluctant to move to the cloud, but one which has now embraced it.

Army Contracting Command running through the doors that cloud opens

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Army Contracting Command (ACC) will remove those bulky desktop computers from underneath most of its employees' desks in the coming year or so. The ACC is preparing to go to a zero-client setup for its computer network. Gino Magnifico, the chief information officer of the Army Contracting Command, said the command's move to the cloud in 2010 really set the stage for the decision to give employees a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and remove the rest of the computer from their desks.

What does online privacy really mean in the 21st century?

ICOMP,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Online interactions nowadays permeate every layer of our society, changing the way that people learn, communicate, buy, sell, or search. In a few words, whatever we do, we leave our digital footprint behind; personal information about us, about our habits, our interests. In this context, the issue of online privacy becomes more relevant than ever and recent political developments in the UK seem to prove it so.

Breaking Government's Cloud Procurement Gridlock

Brian Heaton, Government Technology,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A dozen state and local governments have teamed with some of the technology industry's biggest service providers to release model contract terms designed to standardize cloud purchasing and make it easier for public agencies to buy hosted software, infrastructure and platforms.

The Great Migration And Its Challenges: Federal Data Storage In The Cloud

Samantha Allen, CRN,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IT pros from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and FBI spoke openly about their concerns moving to the cloud, despite strides they’ve already made in that direction.

Move to mobile IT a balance between security, capability

Aaron Boyd, FederalTimes,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As more employees and users cling to their personal devices, as the speed of and access to information moves further away from the desk and into the cloud, as the need to access data becomes more and more global, government agencies, in turn, are moving toward a mobile network and facing the challenges of securing information and ensuring it remains viable across multiple platforms.

Security Concerns Hinder Federal Cloud Vendor Adoption

Amanda Vicinanzo, HS Today,  Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Despite government-wide initiatives to increase cloud adoption over the past several years, a recent report indicates that a remarkable 89 percent of federal IT managers still feel apprehension about migrating to the cloud because of security concerns. In a survey of 153 federal IT professionals, MeriTalk—a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT—discovered that 4 out of 5 federal IT professionals do not feel confident in their cloud vendor’s security.

Google faces new stand-off in Europe

BBC News,  Tuesday, September 09, 2014

"Under the auction system Google would get another massive revenue stream. It's a bit like telling a robber than he can't rob any more but instead can set a toll on the High Street," said David Wood, a lawyer that represents iComp (Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace) of which Foundem and Microsoft are members. "The real remedy is for Google to use the same algorithm for third-party sites that it applies to its own," he added. He urged the European Commission to push this solution as part of its powers.

Even HIPAA not quelling lingering cloud concerns

Anthony Brino, GovernmentHealthIT,  Monday, September 08, 2014

These days, it seems, data breaches and hacking are regular news in health — and across industries. The fear of breaches, subsequent fines and reputation loss are among the reasons why some healthcare technology leaders have been hesitant to embrace cloud-based technology writ large. They need not fear, but should be informed, but such fear is certainly understandable.