FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Friday, August 08, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission issued a roadmap for updating its computer networks and software. And the starting line is in the cloud.

CIA's Amazon cloud goes live - firewalled and private

David Chernicoff, ZDNet,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

According to a report from Defense One, the Amazon Web Services private cloud being built for the CIA has gone live. The $600 million contract, which required a lawsuit to resolve Amazon as the winner, will eventually serve all 17 intelligence agencies that make up the core of the US intelligence apparatus.

Researchers to test modular cloud cybersecurity

GCN Staff,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Boston University’s Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) project has been awarded a Frontier grant from the National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. MACS is one of two new Frontier grants to support large, multi-institution projects that address grand challenges in cybersecurity science and engineering with the potential for a broad economic and scientific impact.

Australian government proposes flexibility for cloud panel

Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After consultation with government agencies and industry, the Australian federal government's Department of Finance has released the cloud procurement discussion paper outlining a proposed structure to establish a cloud provider panel. The paper said the panel of cloud services will potentially encompass services under specific service models that have been defined by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) including software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service.

Cloudwatt Builds Snoop-Proof Cloud

Mitch Wagner, LightReading,  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cloudwatt is using open source technology, including OpenStack and Juniper's OpenContrail, to build a public, sovereign cloud service that can resist surveillance from the US National Security Agency (NSA).

GSA CIO calls for open source to be considered first

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sonny Hashmi, the GSA chief information officer, said Thursday during an online chat with Federal News Radio that he recently signed out a memo requiring agency software developers to look at open source before they consider traditional commercial solutions.

AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes

James Middleton, Business Cloud News,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and datacentre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

House Wants Agency CIOs to Vouch for Security of Their Websites

Nextgov,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Federal websites that collect personally identifiable information would have to be certified as secure by an agency chief information officer under legislation the House passed Monday evening.

Baidu's Health Cloud Aims To Be The App Store For Distance Health Management

Eric Mu, Forbes,  Friday, July 25, 2014

Baidu, a Chinese Internet company that often compared with Google, just announced its entry into the health management industry through the launch of Jiankangyun. The company had kept its lips so tight that the plan must come as a bombshell to many.

IBM, California Launch CalCloud Government Cloud Service

Darryl K. Taft, eWeek,  Thursday, July 24, 2014

The California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a new technology model powered by cloud computing to build and deliver new, improved government services and savings.