Government Can Influence Cloud Interoperability

Dana Gardner, SYS-CON Media,  Friday, October 21, 2016

As government agencies move to the public cloud computing model, the use of more than one public cloud provider can offer economic benefits by a competition and choice. But are the public clouds standardized efficiently for true interoperability, and can the large government contracts in the offing for cloud providers have an impact on the level of maturity around standardization?

Student Privacy Pledge Loopholes? Nope. We Did Our Homework.

Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum,  Friday, October 21, 2016

We have written extensively on the definition of personal information, in general and under FERPA. FERPA, SOPIPA and other statutes define student personal information broadly and, in our view, any reasonable analysis of the definition of Personally Identifiable Information would cover direct or indirect information that could be reasonably used to identify an individual student.

7 types of technologies you need to build a body-worn camera solution

Tim Dees, PoliceOne,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

A body-worn camera (BWC) program involves far more than just the cameras and a way to view the video they produce. These devices produce a huge volume of digital evidence that has to be downloaded, indexed, stored, retrieved and shared with other organizations outside of your own.

US intelligence targets advanced security management of virtual systems

Michael Cooney, Network World,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

The advanced research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence rolled out the Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE) program which the agency says “is looking to use the federal government’s impending migration to commercial cloud-based IT infrastructures and the current explosion of new virtualization and operating system concepts to create and demonstrate a more secure interactive user computing environment than the government has had in the past or likely to have in the near future.”

Automating the Citizen Experience in Government

Teresa Weipert, Nextgov,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

Last year at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in DAVOS, a pronouncement was made that the value of digital transformation—for society and the IT industry combined—could be greater than $100 trillion by 2025. That’s a staggering number! Included in that transformation are digital technologies and cloud-based platforms, as well as analytics, sensors, mobile solutions and a new wave of automation that affects all industries and vertical markets, including financial, energy, security, communications and health.

Rise of the RegTech industry

Adrian Shedden, Lexology,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

Regulatory compliance is a costly and time-consuming activity. The spread and variety of information that must be tracked, collated and reported on is vast and it seems that the burden increases year on year. In addition, regulated firms are required to track and interpret the ever expanding universe of new regulation - in many cases across multiple jurisdictions. The sum total of this is that, in 2015, 68% of businesses reported to the CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey that regulatory compliance would be a factor that would limit business expansion over the next twelve months. In that context, the fact that RegTech has grown as a standalone industry over the past twelve months should not be a surprise. However, what has surpassed many people's expectations is the speed of that growth and the strength of the market generally.

Government technology advisor calls UK Azure data centers a “win-win” for government and citizens

Dave Shanahan, WinBeta,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

According to United Kingdom (UK) technology advisor, Liam Maxwell, Microsoft’s decision to open data centers in the country is a “win-win.” Maxwell spoke with over 100 senior British business leaders at Microsoft’s offices in London, to discuss the cost benefits of storing government and business data in the cloud as opposed to on-premises solutions.

Microsoft Improves Government Cloud With New Version Of Azure And Office 365

Jiran, iTechPost,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Microsoft has just launched its Department of Defense-specific versions of Office 365 and Azure. The tech company has previously provided US government agencies with its Government Cloud service. Microsoft has also added two new regions for its Azure Government in the South West and South Central US. Cloud computing has become a staple in businesses. The national, federal, state and local government agencies have also realized the significance of cloud. It allows people to be more productive. Cloud also enables collaboration. Thus, these government agencies are able to provide good service.

VIDEO: How does the EU Privacy Shield impact privacy for non-PII data or PCI?

Peter Vogel, Lexology,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Companies that transfer their accounting records between countries should know whether the new EU Privacy Shield applies to data whether it contains Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or PCI credit card information. To learn more, please watch my recent video entitled “Data Transfer Agreements: What You Need to Know.” The video interview by SmartPros is part of a series of educational videos covering subjects in the accounting, financial services, legal, engineering and information technology industries.

DHS, CIA CIOs: Cloud is key to developing secure apps

Chris Bing, Fedscoop,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Two of the U.S. government’s top chief information officers are finding broad security value from an expansion of their cloud services sold by the private sector. The CIA’s capability to quickly develop, test and share secure code has been driven forward in recent years by the adoption of scalable cloud infrastructure, CIA CIO John Edwards said Tuesday during a panel discussion at FedTalks 2016. Looming budget constraints and the need to deploy scalable software resources in the face of quickly evolving cyberattacks has now become “mission essential,” said Department of Homeland Security CIO Luke McCormack.