Federal CIOs Must Reframe Security Around Data, Access

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Monday, September 15, 2014

In an era of cloud computing, increasing mobility and federal agencies outsourcing more functions to IT contractors, the traditional lines delineating a network perimeter have blurred beyond recognition, experts warn. "I think best practices have to completely shift," Gus Hunt, operating partner at the private equity firm LLR Partners and the former CTO at the CIA, said this week at a government IT conference.

Majority of mobile apps will fail basic security tests in the future: Gartner

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet,  Monday, September 15, 2014

Gartner claims that through next year, 75 percent of mobile apps will fail the most basic of security tests. The research firm says that in 2015, the majority of mobile applications -- whether in the Android, iOS or Windows Phone ecosystems -- will not have basic business-acceptable security protocols in place. This poses a serious problem for the enterprise, where bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schemes are commonplace.

CIO of Defense Department Agency Cautions Against Rush to Cloud

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Friday, September 12, 2014

For all the enthusiasm surrounding the government's move to the cloud – and there's no shortage – one prominent federal CIO is emphatic that cloud computing, for all its virtues, is no panacea for the government's technology challenges. That would be David Bennett, CIO at the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA. At a government IT conference hosted by the tech consortium MeriTalk, Bennett acknowledged that "the cloud is a very viable scenario" for the feds, but he urges CIOs and other agency leaders to carefully consider which data sources and applications are suitable for a remotely hosted and managed environment.

DoD Ramps Up Security as It Drifts Toward Cloud

John K. Higgins, E-Commerce Times,  Friday, September 12, 2014

DISA wants to pursue a three-part cloud strategy, said Deltek's Alex Rossino. "One is the use the agency's [IaaS] milCloud offering for DoD customers. The second is use of a commercial cloud infrastructure 'inside the DoD fence line' for cybersecurity purposes, and the third is use of purely commercial cloud solutions for publicly releasable data. This leaves a lot of room for multiple players."

Intelligence community cloud may require new procurement models

Dan Verton, fedscoop,  Friday, September 12, 2014

The effort to move the 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community away from stovepiped IT systems and toward a cloud-based shared services environment is well under way. But a new study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance suggests the private sector may find it difficult to fully support the effort without fundamental changes to the contracting and procurement processes intelligence agencies use to buy applications and infrastructure.

Cloud, budget reductions helping CIOs pull IT out of the shadows

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shrinking agency budgets and the wide-spread use of cloud computing are starting to address a long-standing problem for agencies commonly known as shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission and/or knowledge of the agency's chief information officer. But after decades of this cat-and-mouse game between field offices and the headquarters CIO, or in some cases with bureau CIOs, two factors are beginning to bring shadow IT out into the light.

9/11 Vs. Snowden: My Students' Surprising Debate About Privacy And Government

Michael Murphy, Forbes,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

“If it means preventing another 9/11,” one student said, “I’m willing to give up some of my privacy.” A long, thoughtful debate about a personal need to encrypt versus the larger question of right-to-privacy continued. Whether it was a normal multi-perspective conversation in a journalism class, I don’t know, but the less-privacy-more-security side seemed to be in the majority.

How the cloud has made HR better

Gareth Cartman, Cloud Tech,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

It seemed for a long time that the traditional reasons for moving to the cloud - i.e. reduced cost, increased flexibility - were the key drivers behind the shift towards cloud-delivered software, but some professions are seeing wider benefits. Let's look at the example of Human Resources - another of those industries initially reluctant to move to the cloud, but one which has now embraced it.

Army Contracting Command running through the doors that cloud opens

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Army Contracting Command (ACC) will remove those bulky desktop computers from underneath most of its employees' desks in the coming year or so. The ACC is preparing to go to a zero-client setup for its computer network. Gino Magnifico, the chief information officer of the Army Contracting Command, said the command's move to the cloud in 2010 really set the stage for the decision to give employees a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and remove the rest of the computer from their desks.

What does online privacy really mean in the 21st century?

ICOMP,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Online interactions nowadays permeate every layer of our society, changing the way that people learn, communicate, buy, sell, or search. In a few words, whatever we do, we leave our digital footprint behind; personal information about us, about our habits, our interests. In this context, the issue of online privacy becomes more relevant than ever and recent political developments in the UK seem to prove it so.