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.

On the road to a Federal Integrated Business Framework

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The General Services Administration’s new shared services framework could expand the use of cloud services across the federal government, according to the Unified Shared Service Management Office's Robert Wuhrman.

Nadella: 'Windows is the most open platform there is'

Jason Hiner, ZDNet,  Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nadella articulated what that vision means for the future of Azure, Windows, Office, Cortana, Linkedin, and more during his keynote address--on a telepresence link--at Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016 in Orlando on Tuesday.

When you check the facts, Microsoft government cloud stands apart

Jason Zander, Microsoft in Government Blog,  Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Governments across the United States – from the biggest federal agencies to the smallest towns – are increasingly turning to the cloud to be more productive and collaborative, and to better harness exponentially growing amounts of data that helps them better support the citizens they serve. But which cloud provider is best suited to help them with these important tasks? When we check the facts, it’s evident that not all clouds are created equal. No major cloud provider is as committed to supporting the needs of government agencies as Microsoft, and we have built the most trusted, comprehensive cloud for government. To further that commitment, today we are announcing significant advancements for our Government Cloud:

Microsoft and partners showcase cloud-enabled solutions for law enforcement at IACP 2016

PR Newswire,  Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday at the 123rd annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference and exposition in San Diego, Microsoft Corp. and its partners showcased innovative solutions that demonstrate how the cloud and modern Windows devices are transforming the way law enforcement engages with citizens, improves communities and enables more effective first response. Microsoft has the largest compliance portfolio in the industry, and is committed to providing law enforcement, public safety and justice organizations with cloud services they can trust. To date, nearly 6 million users in all 50 states and federal government agencies use Microsoft Cloud for Government, which is specifically designed for use by U.S. government customers.

Why artificial intelligence may be the next big privacy trend

Joseph Jerome, IAPP Privacy Perspectives,  Monday, October 17, 2016

Move over big data and the internet of things — artificial intelligence is poised to be the next major trend that privacy pros should stay on top of. In the past month alone, we have seen the launch of a major industry effort to explore the policy ramifications of AI, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a policy roadmap for autonomous vehicles, suggesting that regulators and policymakers are eager to get into the AI game. Even the White House got involved this spring when it announced a series of workshops to explore the benefits and risks of AI.

Practicing Privacy: Insights from Edtech Lawyer Gretchen Shipley

Blake Montgomery & Mary Hossfeld, EdSurge,  Monday, October 17, 2016

Never ones to pass up an opportunity to dig into topics that spark controversy and spotlight opportunity, EdSurge sat down with education technology lawyer Gretchen Shipley at our recent California Tech for Schools Summit.

Feds Want to Move Further Into the Cloud, but Face Security Concerns

Phil Goldstein, FedTech,  Monday, October 17, 2016

Federal IT decision-makers whose agencies have adopted cloud computing expect to invest more in cloud computing next year, but clear barriers to that investment still remain, especially in terms of security, according to a MeriTalk survey. The survey, “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” which was released last month, drew responses from 300 federal, state, local, and higher education IT leaders whose agencies or institutions have adopted the cloud. Among federal respondents, the survey found that 55 percent are currently integrating cloud into their agency’s IT strategy and 85 percent expect increased cloud spending in 2017.