EU mulls conferring binding powers on body of data privacy regulators

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Friday, November 14, 2014

A new body of European data protection authorities could have the power to adopt legally binding decisions in cross-border disputes over a company's misuse of personal data, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Under a mechanism originally proposed in reforms of Europe's data protection laws, businesses operating across the 28-nation European Union would have to deal only with the data protection authority in the country where they are headquartered - even if alleged mishandling of data affects citizens in another country. A new proposal by Italy, which holds the rotating European presidency, gives all concerned authorities the chance to intervene in all stages of the decision-making process.

Microsoft buys Aorato in cloud security push

Business Cloud News,  Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ending months of speculation, Microsoft has officially confirmed it acquired cloud security startup Aorato for an undisclosed sum. Founded about three years ago, Aorato offers software that tracks user behaviour when accessing applications linked to Active Directory, both in the cloud and on premise. It uses machine learning algorithms to track behaviour on enterprise networks and dynamically alters access to users or machines accessing those networks when they show signs of nefarious activity or strongly deviate from normal usage patterns.

VIEVU Works With Microsoft Azure Government Cloud to Enhance Public Safety Cloud Platform for Body Cameras

Globe Newswire,  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

VIEVU, an industry leader in body worn video (BWV), today unveiled its work with Microsoft Corp. to develop an industry-leading, enterprise-grade cloud platform built on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud as part of the VIEVU video management solution for law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency responders. A top concern for public safety agencies is whether a cloud platform meets the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) policies, which enables departments to connect to the FBI's systems and securely access its data. Understanding this is a crucial priority for law enforcement and public safety agencies, VIEVU worked with Microsoft to develop the first CJIS- capable version of the trusted VERIPATROL platform for the Microsoft Azure Government cloud.

Obama Urges F.C.C. to Adopt Rules to Protect Net Neutrality

Michael Shear and Edward Wyattnov, New York Times,  Monday, November 10, 2014

President Obama on Monday put the full weight of his administration behind an open and free Internet, calling for a strict policy of so-called net neutrality and formally opposing deals in which content providers like Netflix would pay huge sums to broadband companies for faster access to their customers. The president’s proposal is consistent with his longstanding support for rules that seek to prevent cable and telephone companies from providing special access to some content providers.

DoD migrating to NSA-managed process for mobile device security approvals

Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio,  Monday, November 10, 2014

The Defense Department is making some significant changes in the processes it uses to make sure commercial mobile technologies are safe enough for military networks, migrating from a process that's been largely managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency to one that relies more on private laboratories and is coordinated by the National Security Agency.

Police forces use private cloud to access Holmes database

Cliff Saran, Computer Weekly,  Friday, November 07, 2014

At least £2.5m savings could be made when 43 UK police forces start using a private cloud service supplied by Unisys to access the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (Holmes). Unisys has been operating Holmes for the last 13 years. "This is the first time the system will be provided through a UK private cloud," said Forbes Gallagher, account director for police and criminal justice at Unisys.

Cloud Computing Market in China 2014 (1)

Market Reports Online,  Thursday, November 06, 2014

Netscribes' latest market research report titled Cloud Computing Market in China 2014 captures the current scenario of the Cloud Computing Market in China. Government initiatives and investments coupled with major foreign players entering into strategic partnerships with the domestic vendor is propelling the market in China. Additionally, dramatic cost reduction along with increased speed and flexibility and widespread use of internet is helping the cloud industry to grow significantly. As the cloud market in China is still in the growth stage, major foreign players like IBM and Microsoft are aiming to capture a lion's share of the market.

UK government joins forces with insurers on cyber security

Warwick Ashford, Computer Weekly,  Thursday, November 06, 2014

The UK government has joined forces with the insurance industry to improve how UK businesses manage cyber security risk. The initiative builds on the government’s 10 Steps to Cyber Security guidance on managing cyber risk; and the Cyber Essentials Scheme to ensure basic cyber hygiene as part of the UK Cyber Security Strategy. The government believes working with the insurance industry to develop a comprehensive cyber security insurance model is the next step to encouraging private-sector firms to manage cyber risk.

LAPD to use cloud-storage body cameras made by the Taser company

City News Service, LA Daily News,  Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Los Angeles Police Department officials said Tuesday they plan to move forward with using body cameras on its officers, choosing to go with Taser, which offers a cloud-based video storage system.

DISA in Compliance with Cloud Security Standards

Bob Brewin, Nextgov,  Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Mark S. Orndorff, the mission assurance executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency, said three commercial cloud services are currently available to DOD users: Autonomic Resources, CGI Federal and Amazon Web Services. Assessments of FedRAMP-compliant offerings from providers such as Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Akamai, Microsoft, Oracle and a cloud solution offered by the Agriculture Department are underway, he said.