Cloud Infrastructure Spending Grows, Will Reach $32 Billion in 2015

Cheryl Kemp, The Whir,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cloud infrastructure spending will account for 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending in 2015 according to the Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker released on Tuesday by IDC. This growth represents an increase of 21 percent over 2014.

NIST issues draft de-identification guidance for personally identifiable information

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As federal agencies deal with more sensitive information – from digital documents to troves of "big data" – de-identifying personally identifiable information is an emerging challenge. Because agencies are under increased pressure to make raw data open to the public, the removal of sensitive personal information from that data is critical. In a new draft publication, the National Institute of Standards and Technology explores techniques for de-identification and summarizes almost 20 years of research.

How can ISO 27017 and 27018 help secure the cloud?

Davey Winder, CloudPro UK,  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Standards are crucial to both secure the cloud and give businesses the confidence they need to make the move. Which is where ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 come in as new standards for cloud services. The latter, which was released into the wild and published last year, has the formal title of being the "code of practice for protection of personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds acting as PII processors" and provides guidance on the privacy of cloud-hosted data. ISO 27017 is still in draft form, expected to be published towards the end of this year, and will cover information security management for cloud systems outside of the privacy remit.

Google’s Biggest European Headache Isn’t Search. It’s Android.

Mark Bergen, Re/Code,  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A week into Google’s dramatic skirmish with the European Union, search has drawn most of the attention. But it’s the other case from Brussels that may have Google more worried. The EU Competition Commission launched its investigation into Android last week in a move that could expose gaping blind spots in the tech giant’s ability to churn out innovation and profits. The EU is looking at three of its practices: Pushing exclusive pre-installations of its apps and services on devices; bundling them; and blocking modified versions of the software. The case is structured similarly to its earlier charges against Microsoft, which was subjected to $1.5 billion in fines for bundling its browser.

Vertical Clouds Target Specific Industries

Linda Rosencrance, StateTech,  Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Although specialized cloud platforms have been around for several years, they’ve mainly focused on industries that face particular regulatory issues or have specialized requirements. Now, vertical clouds are emerging across all industries. Research firm IDC estimates that there could be more than 100 of these industry clouds by the beginning of 2016. Industry clouds offer several advantages to organizations. For one, they can help the public and private sectors to integrate and break down traditional silos, enabling better collaboration and information sharing within the enterprise.

Google dominates search. But the real problem is its monopoly on data

The Guardian,  Sunday, April 19, 2015

It could be that we need to radically reconsider how we treat data, which has become the fundamental constituent of our economy. What might a more competitive landscape look like? Civic data on public services, infrastructure, roads and resources could be opened up to startups and public organisations; the personal information gathered by search engines could be made available to researchers under strict ethical standards. Cultural products – books, music, film, news – could be mediated by digital public libraries.

These 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches

Frank Konkel, Nextgov,  Saturday, April 18, 2015

Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines. In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come. Yet, a great many of these calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene, according to Ann Barron-DiCamillo, one of the U.S. government’s foremost cybersecurity experts.

5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

Kyle Cebull, Smart Data Collective,  Friday, April 17, 2015

A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce. But it’s not for nothing, because the same article reports that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud. If you’re questioning the way things are moving or just aren’t on board with the cloud, here are a few reasons that we’re saying that the cloud and mobile are inevitable.

The United States of Cloud saves state and local governments millions of dollars

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.

Europe Antitrust Chief Makes Case for Google Charges

Brent Kendall, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, April 17, 2015

“It is important to be more speedy in getting the question out, to be able for Google, for competitors, but most of all for consumers to see our concern,” she said. The case could potentially establish a broader precedent for other instances in which Google favors its own products and services over others, she said.