Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the SafeGov.org site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Thursday, January 31, 2013
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced results of an IACP / SafeGov / Ponemon Institute survey of IACP member agencies. The survey examined how local and state law enforcement officials view the potential of cloud computing in the law enforcement environment and their plans for the future. A total of 272 agencies responded to the survey, and nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of the respondents were the chief executives of their agencies.
Monday, January 28, 2013
In celebration of Data Privacy Day, SafeGov is releasing this "Cloud Computing for Education" video for educational institution leaders. This video provides guidance on selecting cloud service providers with an emphasis on data protection and security recommendations.
Richard A. Falkenrath,
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
There are many reasons why law enforcement has been slow to embrace the cloud—from general reluctance to deploy new technologies to procurement policies that make purchasing cloud services more difficult.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Ironically, cloud adoption by public safety has lagged many industries for which the benefits are not nearly as great. The nature of public safety applications is such that the advantages of shared systems are greater in both cost and utility.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
In the SaaS model, a vendor takes responsibility for not only infrastructure, but also for all of the processes required to manage an entire application solution (patches, upgrades, backups, database management, systems tuning, performance management, etc.). Because SaaS vendors manage many customers on a small number of application instances, they can amortize infrastructure costs over many customers. In other words, the inherent savings of the cloud are compounded when many agencies share a single system.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The U.S. Federal Government has adopted a “cloud first” policy that requires agencies default to cloud-based solutions whenever a secure, reliable, cloud option exists. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a three volume Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap and initiated a standards acceleration program so that best practices from the private sector can be used for government systems immediately, without a protracted standards process.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
In October 2012 approximately 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers belonging to South Carolina taxpayers were potentially exposed to exploitation by cyber attacks that penetrated the servers operated by the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Nestled in the fields of Normandy near the banks of the Seine, an ultra-modern data center has just switched on thousands of servers. The center belongs to a new French cloud infrastructure provider called CloudWatt. Its stated purpose? Defeating the USA Patriot Act by placing French cloud data beyond the long arm of American authorities. For, laments Le Monde in an article announcing CloudWatt’s launch, “the supercomputers of the biggest cloud providers, such as Amazon or Google, are all located outside of France”. In particular, they are mostly located in the United States, where – according to Le Monde – the Patriot Act “allows the American government to access any data it pleases if the data is considered sensitive”.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, he famously declared it as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But Armstrong’s moon walk was more than just a milestone in human history: it represented an accomplishment achieved through American teamwork and cooperation.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
While most people are already familiar with the term cloud computing, our goal with this short video is to introduce some generally accepted definitions and reference points in order to provide a common framework for dialog about cloud computing.
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