Planning key to cloud success, agency CIOs say

Jack Moore,,  Friday, September 28, 2012

Just a few short years ago, cloud computing in the federal government was a new, largely untested technology. Since then, a number of agencies have made high-profile migrations to cloud platforms and the Obama administration has issued sweeping guidance mandating agencies identify and transition services and applications to host in the cloud.

Bill would require agencies to report cloud computing progress

Joseph Marks, Nextgov,  Friday, September 28, 2012

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate would require federal agencies to publish annual reports on their progress shifting computer infrastructure to cheaper and more nimble cloud computing. The 2012 Cloud Computing Act also would require agencies to provide updates on other goals described in the Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, published in February 2011.

American industry groups dissect EU cloud computing report

Josh Smith, Nextgov,  Friday, September 28, 2012

American industry groups are welcoming a new European Union strategy for streamlining cloud computing networks, but not everyone likes the specifics. The EU document, "Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe," is designed to help harmonize policies for cloud computing networks, which store information on remote servers accessed over the Internet, and which routinely cross international borders. The strategy outlines ways to streamline the regulations that govern ownership of data, security, and privacy.

Europe Shoots For The Clouds: EC Lays Out New Cloud Strategy To Add €160B To EU GDP By 2020

Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch,  Thursday, September 27, 2012

Up to now, the European Commission has kept a relatively light position on where it stands with cloud services — putting more effort into the wider issues like broadband and mobile regulation and ensuring that users all get a fair deal as these services continue to grow. Today that changed, as the EC unveiled a high-level cloud services strategy, with the aim of adding €160 billion ($206 billion) to the region’s economy by 2020, equivalent to 1% of total GDP. Plans include improving interoperability standards; setting up lists of “trustworthy” cloud providers; taking a part in regulating how service level agreements (SLAs) should work; and creating a formalized structure for how governments and other public bodies in the region should procure in cloud services: the public sector accounts for 20% of all IT spend in the European Union.

No personal data on Google Apps, Norway tells its councils as it clears cloud use

Liam Tung, ZDNet,  Thursday, September 27, 2012

Local municipalities in Norway have been cleared to use cloud email services such as Google Apps - but only for communication between staff and not dealings with the public.

EU Regulations May Threaten U.S. Cloud Dominance

Mark Shaheen by Mark Shaheen, Civitas Group
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Leading European authorities are not satisfied with the data privacy measures offered by cloud and Internet-based services providers. In January, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority temporarily banned Google Apps from public sector applications, citing that the service did not comply with national privacy laws . More recently, Irish and Norwegian regulators launched investigations into the privacy implications of Facebook’s facial-recognition technology.

Cloud computing companies seek FedRAMP reviews

Nicole Blake Johnson, Federal Times,  Monday, September 24, 2012

Industry participation is higher than expected in a new program that assesses the security of companies’ cloud-computing products and services. Since June, more than 50 cloud vendors have applied for security reviews under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), said Dave McClure of the General Services Administration.

Commission to assure secure cloud computing

Manon Malhere, Europolitics,  Monday, September 24, 2012

The European Commission hopes to promote the use of cloud computing services by the public and private sectors in the EU. However, it does not intend to put in place a European ‘super cloud’. Europoliticssaw the new draft communication, which the Commission is set to publish on 27 September. It aims to be more of an examination of actions to carry out in order to foster secure, predictable and open cloud services. In particular, the Commission intends to work on developing safe and fair contractual terms.

Cities expected to spend $4.8B on big data and cloud by 2017

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Monday, September 24, 2012

Communication, data sharing and application development -- particularly cloud computing and data analytics -- will play a key role in the transformation of city government over the next five years, according to a new report from Pike Research.

NASCIO offers states guidance on trusted digital identity

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Friday, September 21, 2012

State governments seeking to create a trusted digital identity now have a roadmap from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO released the “State Identity Credential and Access Management Guidance and Roadmap," a report on the programs, processes, technologies and personnel needed to establish a common framework for identity credential and access management within state government.