DISA Awards $16 Million Contract to Manage Mobile Devices

Bob Brewin, NextGov,  Friday, June 28, 2013

The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded Digital Management Inc., of Bethesda, Md., a three-year $16 million contract to securely manage smartphones and tablet computers throughout the Defense Department.

Agencies showing sudden interest in encrypted comm

William Jackson, Government Computer News,  Friday, June 28, 2013

Silent Circle, the company that provides end-to-end BYOD encryption, has introduced a Web-based management console to support large deployments of crypto licenses. It was developed largely in response to government demand for a tool to manage enterprisewide licensing, said CEO Mike Janke.

USDA gets FedRAMP nod

Frank Konkel, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, June 28, 2013

The Department of Agriculture is the first federal agency to achieve provisional compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), meaning its private cloud meets the federal government's standardized approach to cloud security assessments.

What Is Personally Identifiable Information (PII)? Finding Common Ground in the EU and US

Paul SchwartzDaniel J. Solove by Paul Schwartz, Berkeley Law School
Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
Friday, June 28, 2013

In the US, the law provides multiple definitions of PII, most focusing on whether the information pertains to an identified person. In contrast, in the EU, there is a single definition of personal data to encompass all information identifiable to a person. Even if the data alone cannot be linked to a specific individual, if it is reasonably possible to use the data in combination with other information to identify a person, then the data is PII.

Navy Awards $3.5 Billion Network Contract to HP Enterprise Services

Bob Brewin, NextGov,  Thursday, June 27, 2013

Late Thursday, the Navy awarded HP Enterprise Services its Next-Generation Enterprise Network contract, valued at $3.5 billion. It will replace the current Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract next year.

GSA to decide if cloud broker services work

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, June 27, 2013

The General Services Administration will decide this summer whether a brokerage model will work for cloud computing. The Homeland Security Department and one other large agency have signed up for the short-term pilot.

Just what does NIST consider a mobile device?

William jackson, Government Computer News,  Thursday, June 27, 2013

Any guide to mobile technology is a work in progress, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology has updated its guidance on securing mobile devices in Special Publication 800-124. One of the first chores of the publication is defining “mobile device.”

HP Wins $67 Million Spain Government Cloud Contract

Charles Babcock, InformationWeek Cloud,  Thursday, June 27, 2013

The government of Catalonia, Spain, has signed a $67 million contract with HP to transform the government's data centers to a cloud-based infrastructure in order to operate its compute services more efficiently. The agreement runs for 10 years.

Government G-Cloud Gets A Boost With First Salesforce Deal

Tom Brewster, TechWeek Europe,  Thursday, June 27, 2013

Salesforce has announced its first deal over the G-Cloud having joined in October last year, revealing a sizeable contract with the London Borough of Hounslow Council. The G-Cloud has received some positive news in the last few weeks, with spend rising above the £25 million mark, and government bodies increasingly placing their faith in the framework. Indeed, Hounslow Council told TechWeekEurope it was planning to use G-Cloud services for almost all of its IT by 2015.

Lawyers Confidentiality Obligations in the Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The efficiencies of the cloud are clouding lawyers’ judgments. Rather than maintaining the confidences of their clients, lawyers are rushing headlong to embrace a technology that offers greater efficiency, at the cost of client confidentiality.