Cloud Service Out? Try Cloud Liability Insurance

Melvin Greer by Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Several premier cloud computing Service Providers have suffered disruptions in the past year – affecting millions of users. There are cases where a small number of users lose the capabilities of a particular service offering while the remaining users retain full functionality. For example, some Gmail disruptions have affected only a small percentage of the user base. In other cases, outages may take out a number of customer websites that rely on those services. When Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure experienced a brief network outage, it knocked offline popular sites such as Foursquare, Heroku, Quora, Reddit, and Netflix that rely on the underlying AWS functionality. For private cloud-based services, any disruptions at the cloud Service Provider level can be just as traumatic.

Dangerous assumptions about clouds

Christopher Wolf and Winston Maxwell, Hogan Lovells,  Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Attorneys Christopher Wolf and Winston Maxwell debunk common assumptions about 'local clouds', the Patriot Act, and (many) governments' access to data.

Interior making the IT leap

David Stegon, Fedscoop,  Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Department of Interior is mid-way through a game of information technology leapfrog. Just 18 months ago, the department was admittedly behind its federal government partners in the information technology services it was able to provide. Now, thanks to an agency-wide modernization program led by Deputy Assistant Secretary Andrew Jackson and Interior CIO Bernie Mazer, the department is poised to jump to the head of the pack as the project progresses.

NIST Updates Computer Security Guides

Patience Wait, InformationWeek Government,  Monday, July 30, 2012

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released updated guidance on how federal agencies and businesses can deal with network attacks and malware.

GSA seeks input on ID management in the cloud

Jason Miller,,  Monday, July 30, 2012

The idea of putting identity management in the cloud is getting more traction. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C., seeking input on how contractors might implement a privacy-enhancing, cloud- based, federated credential-exchange service.

Cybersecurity Legislation: Questions That Need to Be Answered

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Monday, July 30, 2012

The Senate has agreed to consider S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, this week. Before Senators vote on the bill or related amendments, such as the Whitehouse–Kyl “compromise” that raises many of the same issues, they should insist upon answers to the following questions.

DOD CIO sets direction for cloud that partners closely with industry

Barry Rosenberg, Defense Systems,  Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dave DeVries is deputy CIO for information enterprise in Teri Takai's DOD CIO office. A member of the Senior Executive Service, he was most recently deputy DOD CIO for information management, integration and technology, and also spent about two years as deputy director of Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). He spoke to Defense Systems Editor-in-Chief Barry Rosenberg about cloud computing.

Are Foreign Cloud Providers Exploiting Privacy Concerns?

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Thursday, July 26, 2012

A panel of technology officials Wednesday warned members of a House subcommittee about the challenges of overseas expansion confronting the burgeoning cloud computing market, including privacy and security concerns and efforts by foreign governments to protect domestic providers at the expense of U.S. companies.

GSA looks to a future of everything as a service

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, July 26, 2012

Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as a-Service have become common terms in the federal IT vernacular in discussing cloud services. But now General Services Administration is looking to the same business model to include, well, everything else.

Counterpoint: The Silver Lining’s Dark Cloud

Marc Jones, Wired Cloudline,  Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last week I read Rob Vandenberg’s article on cloud adoption, which covered the benefits of cloud computing for the government, and noted that Washington could save between $5.5 and $12 billion by migrating their systems to the cloud. As Rob pointed out, there’s a mad rush — indeed, a mandate from former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra — to move to the cloud over a fast 18 months to collaborate, store files, and run high-capacity applications. The cost savings are the silver lining. But there’s a dark cloud on the horizon, and it’s one that literally all coverage of the federal government’s leap to the cloud has, to date, overlooked. It’s something that could send much of the anticipated $12 billion in savings up in smoke.