Commentary

Microsoft makes Azure Germany available with a unique cloud model

Techseen,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Even though Microsoft Cloud Services are already available across Europe, with the company’s two new datacenters in the UK a couple of weeks back, this particular model, as stated by Microsoft, will provide a different option to an already available system, creating increased opportunities for innovation and economic growth for regulated partners and customers in Germany, the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Microsoft Cloud Germany Opens Using Data Trustee Model

Pedro Hernandez, eWeek,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Microsoft Cloud Germany is open and ready for business, operating under a "data trustee" model that addresses the data privacy and sovereignty concerns of the region's companies.

A Step in the Right Direction on Data Privacy

Charles Sauer, The Weekly Standard,  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Officially, the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) would "clarify U.S. law enforcement's ability to obtain electronic communications around the world." Unofficially, it would put an end to the Judiciary Department's potential temper tantrum.

Why IT No Longer has its Head in the Clouds

Charles Cooper, MSPmentor,  Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Much of that reflected the historic misunderstandings between the IT department and the rest of the organization, where neither side believed that the other really understood its needs. The upshot: CEOs could push all they wanted, but many IT departments continued to drag their heels when it came to cloud adoption.

International Data Transfers To And From Canada

Elisa Henry, Darcy Ammerman and Michael Reid, Mondaq,  Wednesday, September 21, 2016

For any Canadian company doing business outside of Canada, as is commonplace in the current economic and online environment, it is important to understand not only domestic privacy laws, but also the foreign laws which may affect its partners, customers and suppliers.

Box gives EU customers alternative to Privacy Shield with BCRs

Adam Shepherd, CloudPro,  Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Box's EU customers can store their files in its US datacentres without relying on the controversial Privacy Shield framework, the company confirmed today after receiving EU approval for its Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs). BCRs are legally-enforceable agreements between companies and the EU that govern how companies handle the data in their care, covering both customer information and that of Box's EU employees. It means Box can offer all EU customers a different way to send their data to the US, rather than relying on Privacy Shield, the newly-approved EU-US data transfer mechanism.

Risk management: more than a regulatory exercise

Nick Ismail, Information Age,  Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Risk management has come a long way since its origins as a financial instrument for the insurance industry in the mid-1900s. Now, it’s a mainstream corporate function – due in large part to regulations that have been brought in by various industrial and governmental institutions seeking to tackle some of the major calamities of more recent time.

Federal, SLED Organizations See All Sides of Cloud Migration

Jessie Bur, Meritalk,  Monday, September 19, 2016

The Federal government, state and local governments, and higher education institutions are seeing the appeal of adopting cloud offerings in areas such as increased speed and cost savings, according to a recent MeriTalk survey titled “Destination Cloud: the Federal and SLED Cloud Journey.” However, though 89 percent of those surveyed responded that they saw the benefits, 95 percent said they saw drawbacks in areas such as security, privacy, and reliability.

Cloud backup – guarding against data loss from ransomware

Iniel Dreyer, ITNews Africa,  Monday, September 19, 2016

What companies need to protect themselves properly against ransomware is a cloud backup system that doesn’t simply overwrite previous data, but instead keeps multiple data records. Data is stored periodically, with multiple, historic copies kept at any given time. What this means is that you can pinpoint when the virus was downloaded and, while all backups made since infection will be infected too, you can still go back to that point in time and effectively retrieve all your data from any backup preceding the date of infection, which remains intact.

Microsoft: Azure is the most trusted cloud for Defense Industrial Base companies

Pradeep, MSPowerUser.com,  Friday, September 16, 2016

@pradeepviswav Sep 16, 2016 at 10:01 GMT The United States Department of Defense has implemented new requirements in DFARS 252.204-7012 to protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, or modification of protected information and the systems that contain that information. Because of this requirements, Defense Industrial Base contractors need assurance that their subcontractors also meet these requirements. Microsoft today highlighted that Azure Government enables these contractors companies to build systems with assurance that they will inherit controls and processes meeting the broad set of DFARS requirements. Azure Government implementations meet NIST SP 800-171.