International cyber security regulation needs to become standard

Harshul Joshi, Arabian Business,  Friday, October 14, 2016

The emphasis on critical national infrastructure is an overdue recognition that as software and control systems become increasingly integrated, cyber attacks can have devastating and lasting impacts in both the cyber and physical worlds. As one of the largest economies in the world, this step by the EU is significant.

Microsoft Azure achieves Government of India’s provisional accreditation

Kareem Anderson, Win Beta,  Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Indian government has been very careful about how and what outside technologies it approves of for its citizens, to foster a greater national investment in its businesses and communities. However, despite the stringent curation of outside influences in the India market, Microsoft has managed to obtain a rare provisional accreditation from The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in India.

Shadow IT is leaving organisations wide open to attacks

Sead Fadilpašić, ITPro Portal,  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Without full transparency into how organisations use cloud providers, companies are risking unauthorised access to data, poor data handling and storage, as well as improper removal of data, according to a new report by Blancco Technology Group. The report, entitled ‘Lost in the Cloud: Data Security Challenges and Risks’, says all of this can leave the organisations exposed and vulnerable to data breaches. Out of 290 IT professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, India, Japan and China that were polled for the report, 26 per cent said their organisations were ‘not confident’ or ‘somewhat confident’ about their IT teams’ knowledge on how to use cloud storage.

Bridging the trans-Atlantic data divide: Privacy shield and what’s next

POLITICO Staff,  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

POLITICO recently convened a group of policymakers and stakeholders for a frank conversation about the U.S. perspective on U.S./EU data protections, Privacy Shield, and the future of trans-Atlantic data protection.

Innovation depends on convergence and agile development

David Rubal, GCN,  Wednesday, October 12, 2016

To reap the benefits of new technology, agencies must embrace convergence of hardware and software, whether via the cloud or on-premises stacks. Converged infrastructure enables greater cooperation between development and operations teams in an agile development environment, which helps deliver better services to citizens faster.

IBM Aims Watson at the Financial Services Industry

Timothy Green, The Motley Fool,  Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become the next great buzzword in the technology industry. It seems like every tech company under the sun is embracing AI. Software giant Microsoft recently formed a new AI research group, comprised of 5,000 computer scientists and engineers, in an effort to bring AI to all of its applications and services. Cloud computing company, at its annual Dreamforce conference, introduced Einstein, a set of AI features that will be integrated into its platform. And carmaker Tesla has long touted its AI-driven Autopilot driver-assistance system as a key selling point for its electric cars. IBM is taking a more focused approach. Watson, the company's cognitive-computing system, has been aimed at some very specific problems.

Financial Services: The next frontier for robotic process automation

James Hall, Finextra,  Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The financial services and banking industry has undergone significant change over the last decade, and today, automation is at the forefront of this change. Robotic process automation (RPA) is revolutionising the way that banks execute basic processes, and not a moment too soon. In terms of drivers for automation in financial services, while IT are still running the show, there is a bigger push from those focused on improving quality and control within banks. Reducing human input error, improving compliance and expanding the value-added tasks in people’s roles are all new focus areas, and ones that live alongside the enduring requirement of saving costs where at all possible.

Clearing Up the Fog of Cloud Service Agreements

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Monday, October 10, 2016

Contracting with cloud service providers has long been a world shrouded in fog. Across various organizations, cloud service agreements (CSAs) are all over the place, and often many people entering into these contracts have no idea what provisions they should have to protect their data. Significant guidance is needed to improve this landscape and bring more order to the chaos. Fortunately, a new standard -- ISO/IEC 19086 – provides this much-needed guidance.

Microsoft and ISO help customers moving to the cloud with procurement guidance

Alex Li, Microsoft on the Issues,  Monday, October 10, 2016

Today Microsoft is introducing the Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist, developed to help customers make better cloud migration decisions. Organizations are becoming increasingly familiar with the benefits of cloud computing, but the process of migrating can be daunting, regardless of the company’s size, industry or sector. Even for companies that are already managing multiple, complex business processes in the cloud, the process of contracting with and managing multiple providers can be challenging and inconsistent. A Forrester Research study found that the majority of cloud computing agreements are missing key considerations which, if addressed properly during contracting, could lead to improved project delivery, better quality control and increased profitability.

New ISO 19086-1 Standards Will Help Lawyers Navigate The Cloud

Bradley Shear by Bradley Shear, Law Office of Bradley S. Shear
Sunday, October 9, 2016

There are multiple types of cloud-computing models and deployment methods that law firms and their clients utilize. For example, software-as-a-service , platform-as-a-service or infrastructure-as-a-service models may be deployed on a private cloud, public cloud, or hybrid cloud. ISO 19086-1’s framework is comprehensive, yet flexible, which enables lawyers and other risk professionals to feel confident that regardless of the type of cloud-computing model being utilized these standards if followed will not only inform but also help protect the rights of the parties to a cloud-computing agreement.