Challenges in protecting data in the cloud

Marcia Savage,,  Friday, July 29, 2011

Security professionals looking to protect sensitive corporate data in a cloud environment have new attack vectors to worry about and can run into complications with tools like DLP and encryption, according to Gartner.

Federal cloud computing gets privacy nod from ACLU

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Thursday, July 28, 2011

Amid a growing push by the Obama administration to shutter money-sucking federal data centers, the American Civil Liberties Union says it is not nervous about the risk of privacy breaches from storing government records remotely in the cloud instead.

SecurID breach cost RSA $66m

Dan Goodin, The Register,  Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The security breach that targeted sensitive data relating to RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication product has cost parent company EMC $66m in the second quarter, The Washington Post has reported. The king's ransom was spent after RSA issued a vaguely worded letter in March warning that undisclosed information had been stolen from its network that “could potentially be used to reduce the effectiveness of a current two-factor authentication implementation as part of a broader attack.”

Cloud Computing is No Easy Fix

Russell Nichols, Governing,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Companies have been pitching the cloud as a virtual field of dreams that can help make storage issues and server problems disappear. But is that true?

GSA moves all 17,000 employee email accounts to the cloud

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Contractors say all 17,000 General Services Administration employees have successfully signed on to a professional version of Gmail. The milestone makes GSA the first of roughly 15 agencies to move to cloud-based email. GSA completed its conversion from IBM's Lotus Notes software to Google Apps for Government, an online tool that employees can access anywhere on any device. Previously, employees needed to log on to the agency network to read email, share documents and chat.

Feds can help push cloud adoption, TechAmerica Foundation says

Grant Gross, ComputerWorld,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The U.S. government can help grow the nation's cloud computing market by assisting private companies in the development of cloud security standards and by encouraging cloud providers to allow data portability among them, a new tech industry report recommended. The U.S. government can also "lead by example" by stepping up its use of cloud-based services and by revamping its procurement and budget processes to encourage agencies to buy cloud services, acording to the report, released Tuesday by the TechAmerica Foundation, the education arm of the TechAmerica trade group.

CLOUD2 Study Shows How the Feds Can Migrate to Cloud Computing

David Strom, ReadWrite,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A blue-ribbon US government panel co-chaired by Marc Benioff and Michael Capellas released their report today, a summary of which can be found here. The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), a collection of 71 industry executives, has been meeting over the past several months and has come out with its recommendations on ways to move towards cloud computing.

ScienceLogic FOSE Survey Reveals Progress in Government Cloud Initiatives Yet Concerns Persist

Press Release,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Two-thirds of federal agencies have identified applications to move to the cloud, and half those have started the migration process to cloud computing per Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s Cloud First policy. This is according to a survey of 113 FOSE attendees conducted by IT operations and cloud management software provider ScienceLogic™ Inc.

How providers affect cloud application migration

Bill Claybrook,,  Monday, July 25, 2011

In an attempt to reduce lock-in, improve cloud interoperability and ultimately choose the best option for their enterprises, more than a few cloud computing users have been clamoring for the ability to seamlessly migrate applications from cloud to cloud. Unfortunately, there's more to application migration than simply moving an application into a new cloud.

DISA, NIST experrts handicap government's move to the cloud

Paul McCloskey, Government Computer News,  Monday, July 25, 2011

Will more government agencies bite on the advantages of moving their applications to public cloud providers? Eventually, according to cloud computing experts at the FOSE conference July 19. But before that happens, agencies will opt to get a better footing in the new technology with their own private cloud pilots.