Commentary

We're the government. Trust us.

Troy K. Schneider, FCW,  Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Federal Housing Administration works with lenders to insure more than $1 trillion in mortgage loans. The Department of Homeland Security shares vital information with thousands of partners at the international, federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels, as well as in the private sector. And the Social Security Administration provides benefits to nearly 64 million Americans. Each of them -- along with dozens of other agencies -- is wrestling with the challenges of verifying identities online.

NASA Mission: Cloud Governance

Henry Kenyon, InformationWeek Government,  Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NASA is known for big science, both on Earth and in the farthest reaches of the solar system, and all of its research requires a lot of computer processing. Like many federal government agencies, NASA and its laboratories have tapped cloud computing and virtualization to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Tech giants at odds over Obama privacy bill

Kate Tummarello, The Hill,  Tuesday, August 12, 2014

While some companies are pushing President Obama to propose firm rules for data collection, others say the industry should be trusted to regulate itself. Microsoft is among those calling for new federal standards, arguing Congress should act to craft “strong, comprehensive privacy legislation.”

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Vindu Goel, New York Time,  Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scholars are exhilarated by the prospect of tapping into the vast troves of personal data collected by Facebook, Google, Amazon and a host of start-ups, which they say could transform social science research.

Australian IT industry divided over cloud policy overhaul

Leon Spencer, ZDNet,  Monday, August 11, 2014

The Australian federal government's move to drop the requirement for agencies to get approval from two ministers before offshoring government data has been met with a mixed reception in the local marketplace, with fears over data sovereignty contrasted by suggestions the move is long overdue.

Cloud providers fail to meet new EU data protection regulations

Rene Millman, CloudPro,  Monday, August 11, 2014

Only one in a hundred cloud providers is set to meet new requirements on data protection. That's according to research from Skyhigh Networks...

Despite “cloud-first” impetus, government cloud adoption is still creeping along

Barb Darrow, GIGAOM,  Sunday, August 10, 2014

Government agencies are moving to cloud under the federal cloud-first initiative, but the pace is slooooow. So what else is new?

'Buy and buy once,' urges DOJ CIO

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Friday, August 08, 2014

In the coming months the Justice Department will be joining the short list of agencies adopting a service broker model for IT acquisition, a top priority for recently installed CIO Joe Klimavicz.

Federal Cloud Adoption Raises Scary Security Concerns

David Ramel, Virtualization Review,  Thursday, August 07, 2014

I figured the government was on top of cloud security. Awareness of the issue couldn't be much higher, what with all the news of data breaches and software vulnerabilities. Everyone is going to the cloud -- including Uncle Sam -- and security is always of paramount concern.

Study: Government and businesses not deploying enough email authentication technology

Henry Kenyon, FierceGovernmentIT,  Thursday, August 07, 2014

The majority of U.S. businesses and government agencies do not take adequate steps to secure their email and ensure that customers and business partners can tell if emails coming from their domains are genuine or forged, a new report finds.