Google issues defiant response to EU charges

Nicholas Hirst, POLITICO,  Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google filed a formal response Thursday rebutting the European Commission’s charges that it used its dominance over Internet searches to stifle online competition. The 150-page document points to the power of giants like Amazon and eBay as evidence that the market for online shopping is thriving and dismisses rivals’ claims that the search engine has intentionally quashed their traffic.

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Markus Rex, Datanami,  Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As cloud adoption continues its meteoric ascent, the number of access points to enterprise data also increases. And while keeping data on premise is no guarantee of security, it does drastically reduce the number of access points. But the case for keeping data on premise goes far beyond a common sense security and risk mitigation play that tells us the fewer servers our data runs through, the safer it is.

DISA’s best practices for cloud migration

Mark Pomerleau, GCN,  Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Defense Information Systems Agency recently released “Best Practices Guide for Department of Defense Cloud Mission Owners” for those planning to migrate existing systems from physical environments to the cloud. The guide follows the release of three other documents in July regarding cloud computing security requirements.

National Self-Interest And The Coming Internet Crack-Up

Michael Chertoff by Michael Chertoff, Chertoff Group
Friday, August 21, 2015

The singular characteristic that defines the cyber network is its universality. If we are not careful, however, that principle of universality will soon come to an end. National self-interest has us rushing headlong to the establishment of sovereign “borders” and jurisdictional limits across the cyber-globe that will fracture the network into multiple, overlapping, competing parts. And that, in turn, will come at a great cost to personal freedom, economic productivity and social development.

Azure Government Achieves Significant Compliance Milestones

Tom Keane, Microsoft Azure Blog,  Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In April Microsoft announced four new industry certifications for Microsoft Azure – CDSA for the digital media and entertainment industry, FISC for Japanese financial services organizations, DISA Level 2 for the US defense sector, and MTCS Level 3 for the Singapore government. Today I’m excited to share another four milestones specific to Azure Government:

FedRAMP needs feds to help refine high impact baseline

Aaron Boyd, Federal Times,  Saturday, August 15, 2015

Federal IT managers working with high-impact secure systems are being asked to join a Tiger Team to assess and refine the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) proposed high baseline. The FedRAMP program office has been hard at work on the high security baseline — standards for securing sensitive data on commercial cloud systems — expected to be finalized before the end of the year.

Google did NOT split up because of the EU, legal experts agree

Matt Rosoff, Business Insider,  Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Google is splitting apart. The European Union has talked about splitting Google apart. Are the two related? Is Google trying to cleverly preempt whatever the Europeans decide to do? Nope. At least not according to four legal experts who spoke to Business Insider.

One chart that explains Alphabet, Google's new parent company

Rob Price, Business Insider,  Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Google has announced a massive organisational overhaul: The search giant will now be controlled by Alphabet, a newly created parent company. Meanwhile, many of Google's projects less related to its core internet business — including its investment and human-longevity research arms — are being spun out into separate companies under the Alphabet umbrella, each with its own CEO.

Optimizing the Hybrid Cloud for State and Local Government

Krista Germano, NetApp Community,  Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today’s state and local government agencies must deliver new and innovative public services with smaller budgets, scarce resources and shrinking workforces. To accomplish this, many are turning to cloud computing for its cost efficiencies, flexibility and reduced deployment time. After all, the cloud promises to help government agencies get more work done without the need for high-priced infrastructure or hard-to-find IT talent. But not all cloud computing models are created equal. Private cloud services can be costly to manage, and often require larger upfront capital expenditures. On the other hand, public cloud services can contribute to vendor lock-in, making it difficult for agencies to take advantage of new features or pricing promotions offered by competing cloud service providers.

Finding security in the cloud

Pete Nicoletti, FCW,  Saturday, August 08, 2015

Given the high volume of sensitive information and the myriad regulations in place for securing data and personally identifiable information, agencies must be aware of the regulations they are subject to, the protections that their cloud providers offer and the differences between what they do in their managed environment and what they do in the customer environment.