Best Practices

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.

NSW govt talks private cloud offering with industry

Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet,  Friday, April 11, 2014

The NSW government is giving more than 50 industry companies the opportunity to offer on-premise cloud services through its GovDC Marketplace to its agencies.

Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers. In the technology-rich world we live in, it's critical for everyone to understand how their data is processed and used. For the government, it is arguably even more important, given the massive amounts of sensitive citizen data it possesses and stores.

Samsung KNOX 2.0: True Business-Class Android?

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Last year at this time, I wrote about the introduction of Samsung KNOX, Samsung’s enhanced version of Android with unique security and enterprise features. At the time I was very excited to see this type of solution as I felt it met a critical need for business and government customers who wanted to use Android devices.

Coretec Partners with PerspecSys to Provide Australia’s First Managed Cloud Data Residency Service

BusinessWire,  Wednesday, December 04, 2013

For many businesses and government agencies in Australia and New Zealand, the barriers to cloud computing adoption are actually increasing. While security is still paramount, data privacy and residency (i.e., control over where sensitive data and documents reside) are key concerns, especially in light of strict new laws and regulations. Coretec Solutions, a leading Australian Salesforce solutions consultancy, and PerspecSys, the global leader in cloud data protection solutions for the enterprise, have partnered to create a solution to address these issues: the Secure Local Data Residency as a Service (Secure LDRaaS).

The NSA Disclosures and the Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The seeming flood of disclosures about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) activity sometimes threatens to overwhelm the observer. More to the point, the flood often does more to conceal revelations than it does to expose them. The important things get lost in the wave of less relevant information. That’s particularly true of new information about the NSA’s encryption and interception activities and how they will affect cloud service providers.

BYOD Not Dead, Long Live BYOD

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This month I attended the International Association of Privacy Professional’s Privacy Academy and there was a lot of talk about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) -- letting workers bring their own favorite mobile devices to work and use them to connect to corporate resources such as email, document portals and business applications for tasks such as customer relationship management.

Cloud Computing Is A Technology Game Changer For Public Safety

Mark Fetherolf by Mark Fetherolf, InterAct
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Looking for guidance on implementing Cloud Computing for public safety and law enforcement scenarios? Check out this new Cloud 101 guide from InterAct which includes an overview of cloud computing and details on the InterAct Public Safety Cloud.

Guiding Principles For Law Enforcement’s Transition To Cloud Services

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.

Cloud Computing in Education

Daniel J. Solove by Daniel Solove, TeachPrivacy
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.

Easing Law Enforcement’s Cloud Worries

Richard A. Falkenrath by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
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.