GSA to update federal cloud standards

Nicole Blake Johnson, Federal Times,  Thursday, April 03, 2014

The General Services Administration is updating governmentwide standards for securing cloud solutions and expects to release those changes within the next three months.

A Step Toward Better Cloud Purchasing

Steve Towns, Government Technology,  Monday, March 31, 2014

In March, representatives from 10 states and localities sat down in Dallas with some of the industry’s biggest service providers to start bringing government purchasing practices in line with an increasingly cloud-based world.

DoD cloud spending surge ahead

Amber Corrin, FederalTimes,  Monday, March 31, 2014

With news of Amazon Web Services achieving security approval to provide cloud services for the Defense Department, as well as the Defense Information Systems Agency’s launch of its internal, secure milCloud platform, DoD is inching closer to the rest of the government in moving to the cloud.

DOD approves four cloud solutions for department-wide use

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, March 27, 2014

Four cloud service solutions thus far have achieved provisional authorization under additional security controls required by the Defense Department: Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform (ARC-P), CGI Federal's IaaS solution and Amazon Web Services' Government Community Cloud and East/West US Public Cloud.

Privacy and competitiveness in the age of big data

European Data Protection Supervisor,  Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The collection and control of massive amounts of personal data are a source of market power for the biggest players in the global market for internet services, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) today. Personal information has become a form of currency to pay for so-called 'free' online services and is a valuable intangible asset for an increasing number of companies doing business in the EU. This requires closer interaction between different regulators.

Military Green Lights Amazon Cloud for Defensewide Use

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Pentagon has authorized Amazon Web Services to rent computing space to all Defense Department components, company officials announced on Wednesday. The decision was based on past security tests conducted through the government-wide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, as well as an evaluation of additional Defense-specific protections.

Parliament must speed up internal processes to push forward with G-Cloud

Caroline Baldwin, ComputerWeekly,  Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Parliament needs to speed up its internal decision-making processes to continue taking advantage of G-Cloud, said director of Parliamentary ICT Joan Miller.

New cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisition system will take years, says GSA official

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Friday, March 21, 2014

The federal government plans to start in about a year the long process of directly modifying acquisition regulations in order to implement recommendations from a joint Defense Department and General Services Administration cybersecurity task force, a federal official said.

Microsoft agrees to ‘cloud’ changes for schools

SwissInfo.ch,  Thursday, March 20, 2014

Swiss schools may soon start using a Microsoft cloud-computing service after a deal was sealed between the tech giant and Swiss officials and appropriate changes made to ensure adherence to strict data protection guidelines.

Commerce weighs options for cloud broker contract

Nicole Blake Johnson, Federal Times,  Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Commerce Department is considering moving the majority of its 800 internal and external websites to the cloud over the coming years. To get there, agency officials are weighing the benefits of hiring a cloud broker to manage the use, performance and delivery of its cloud services. Brokers can also negotiate relationships between cloud providers and agency customers.