IT professionals continue to cite security concerns as one of the largest barriers to cloud migration. Uniform government standards specific to cloud computing have yet to be finalized, leaving important questions regarding data availability and integrity unanswered. aims to provoke discussion related to these concerns as well as raise awareness of the ways in which cloud computing could ultimately strengthen existing security measures.

Regulatory compliance: Using data to turn challenges into opportunities

Valerie Moloney, IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub,  Thursday, September 29, 2016

Martin Fleming, IBM’s chief analytics officer and chief economist and the keynote speaker for the Smarter Risk Summit in London, scheduled for 8 November 2016, outlines the challenges and opportunities that central bankers face as they attempt to satisfy regulatory requirements in a distressed global economic climate. Learn more about his recommendations for how financial institutions can adapt to the complex realities ahead, whether by investing in cognitive technology or by building a team trained in managing data, process and policy.

Azure SQL Database v12 has landed in Azure Government

Megan Yount, Azure Government Cloud Blog,  Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We are excited to announce the general availability of the latest service version of Azure SQL Database (v12) in Microsoft Azure Government. This latest version brings 25% more Premium performance and faster data recovery objectives. Azure SQL Database is a managed cloud database for app developers. The service makes building and maintaining applications easier and more productive. With built-in intelligence that learns app patterns and adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection, SQL Database is a cloud database built for developers. You can focus on rapid app development and accelerating your time to market, rather than managing virtual machines and infrastructure. This is due to it sharing the same codebase as SQL Server 2016, Azure SQL Database supports existing SQL Server tools, libraries and APIs.

Microsoft Azure becomes the first hyperscale cloud to get ISO 22301 certification

Pradeep, MS Power User,  Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure has achieved ISO 22301 certification. Azure is the first hyper-scale public cloud to achieve this certification that ensures your Azure applications are backed by the highest standard for business continuity and disaster preparedness. ISO 22301 certification is applicable across both Azure public and Azure Government clouds.

451 Research: China and India Emerging as Cloud Computing Powerhouses in Asia-Pacific

PR Web,  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Although global cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are well known in China and India, they are hardly the only game in town. According to a new report by 451 Research, there are nearly 200 cloud vendors in India and China, providing cloud services in IaaS, PaaS and ISaaS. 451 Research analysts predict that China and India will emerge as cloud powerhouses in Asia-Pacific, generating revenue of over $1.59bn and $851m respectively with a CAGR of 27% and 24% through 2020. Combined, the two countries account for about 30% of the Asia-Pacific market.

IaaS just got easier for Government

Brenda Y Lee, Azure Government Cloud,  Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Azure VM and SQL DB deployment and management powered by Azure Resource Manager (ARM) on Microsoft Azure Government. These capabilities are some of the most requested features for Azure Government. This enables the modern management of many more of your cloud resources. The ARM deployment offers much more granular control of our access and permission over the ASM deployment model (more on that in a future post). While Azure Government has had ARM for a while, we now have support for Compute, Networking, Data & Storage that will enable you to create and manage most infrastructure deployments. Specifically we have enabled the following:

DoD to take on the next challenge with cloud: application security

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Monday, September 26, 2016

Now the challenge is to figure out how to move above security level 3 to levels 4 and 5 for high-impact systems. While 88 percent of the systems across government are considered low or moderate risk, the majority of high-risk systems reside in DoD or the Department of Homeland Security. Since DoD has the most high-impact systems in government, and moving those to commercial clouds is more complicated.

Microsoft Joins Adobe to Compete With Amazon in the Cloud

Dina Bass, Bloomberg Technology,  Monday, September 26, 2016

Microsoft Corp. is joining with Adobe Systems Inc. to offer cloud-based products to their large mutual customer base, helping the software giant to better compete with leading cloud contender Inc. With the partnership, Adobe will bring its creative marketing software programs like Photoshop and Illustrator to Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service, the companies said in a statement Monday. At the same time, Microsoft will make Adobe’s marketing programs the favored choice for its internet-based software that manages customer relationships.

Regulating the Fintech revolution

Étienne Brassard and Guillaume Synnott, The Lawyers Weekly,  Monday, September 26, 2016

The integration of the Internet and mobile devices into the consumer experience has radically changed the way goods and services are provided around the world. This digital transformation has now also emerged as a game-changer in the way that traditional day-to-day financial services are delivered, and the financial industry now has the opportunity, by using technology, to create new, personalized and cheaper digital solutions in the provision of financial services.

The Long War on Encryption

Dan Costa, PC Magazine,  Monday, September 26, 2016

In the course of my argument, I said, "This is a big new problem, and it requires a new debate." That isn't entirely accurate. The technology has evolved, but the debate is an old one. The arguments the government made about encrypted iPhones are the same as those made when Phil Zimmerman released PGP (Pretty Good Privacy, an email encryption software package) in 1991. In fact, the debate goes back to the 1970s, at least. And the government's stance is always the same.

Is RegTech the new FinTech?

Lory Kehoe, David Dalton and Sean Smith, Deloitte Ireland,  Friday, September 23, 2016

Regulation is one of a number of services to receive the ‘Tech’ treatment in recent times. As with its bigger brother FinTech, the definition of RegTech will mean different things to different people in this developing area. While the name is new, the marriage of technology and regulation to address regulatory challenges has existed for some time with varying degrees of success. Increasing levels of regulation and a greater focus on data and reporting has however brought the RegTech offering into greater focus thereby creating more value for the firms that invest in these solutions.