5 Top Data Privacy Challenges for State and Local Agencies

Caron Beesley, B2C,  Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The feds aren’t the only government targets vulnerable to attack, state and local agencies are also stewards and defenders of a large amount of financial, healthcare, and other personally identifiable information (PII). And while some agencies have made major investments and taken big strides in securing their systems, NASCIO reports that a whopping 76% of state CISOs feel that their budgets remain insufficient to tackle the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that business and governments are routinely facing.

DISA issues new cloud, cyber security guidance

Amber Corrin, C4ISR & Networks,  Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Defense Information Systems Agency on July 24 issued three new documents targeting cloud security, including two new requirements guides and a new concept of operations. The three new documents more thoroughly define cloud security and the steps to achieving it, outlining the responsibilities of the organizations and managers increasingly capitalizing on commercial cloud offerings. The release underscores the Defense Department's growing adoption of commercial cloud offerings.

Public Cloud Computing to Reach Nearly $70 billion in 2015 Worldwide, According to IDC

IDC Press Release,  Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cloud, as one of the substantial transformative forces, is impacting all areas of IT supply, composition, and consumption and provides the basis for many of the big data, mobile, and social solutions. In fact, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts the number of new cloud-based solutions will triple in the next four to five years.

My competition philosophy

Margrethe Vestager (European Commissioner for Competition), POLITICO EU,  Monday, July 20, 2015

Effective competition puts companies to a test — it makes sure they have an incentive to invest and to innovate, to keep up with their rivals. It also gives companies a fair chance — they can compete on their merits, without being pushed out of markets by unfair practices or by subsidized rivals. So they can contribute to job creation and economic growth, while allowing consumers to share the benefits of the single market.

Microsoft signs Commercial Cloud Contract with Department of Defence (DoD) US

Hemant Saxena, TWCN Tech News,  Friday, July 17, 2015

The United States Air Force is one of largest departments within the Department of Defense (DoD) that requires instant access to secure email and other capabilities that enable real-time conversations to curb threats at a moment’s notice and Microsoft happens to be the only service capable of offering secure cloud technology and all the necessary requirements to help service members fulfill their mission. It is the only major cloud platform contractually committed to meeting CJIS requirements for federal, state, and local governments. Hence, the two establishments have joined hands to forge a strong partnership.

Principles for the Digital Single Market

Andreas Streim and Constantin Gissler, Bitkom,  Thursday, July 16, 2015

The leading tech trade bodies in the UK, France and Germany have today set out the eight principles that they argue should guide the development of the Digital Single Market. Together they are calling on policy makers and politicians to apply these principles as they develop the policy and legislative proposals that will be at the heart of the European Digital Single Market. The three trade associations will be meeting with EU policy makers and MEPs ahead of the first raft of digital single market proposals that will be published by the European Commission in the autumn.

Google antitrust proceedings: Digital business and competition

European Parliamentary Research Service,  Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Google case may provide an opportunity for the Commission to clarify some aspects of competition law with regard to certain digital practices, and to close the difficult gap between the rights of companies who dominate the market, free competition and consumer protection.

Challenges for Competition Policy in a Digitalised Economy

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Parliament,  Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This study describes the challenges that competition policy faces in relation to the digital economy. It explores the specific characteristics of digital economy markets and how these characteristics impact competition policy. This study was well underway when the Commission presented its Digital Single Market (DSM) plans on 6 May 20151, including the announcement of an e-commerce sector inquiry. It is expected that the sector inquiry will deliver its first results in 2016. This study already offers a first overview on market developments and its implications for competition policy. The study focuses on to the economic and legal analysis of competition problems that are caused by the characteristics of the digitalised economy. As such, competition policy and its instruments such as anti-trust laws, merger regulation, State aid, and sector regulation are at the centre of the study. Other policy fields, for instance trade policy, industrial policy and consumer protection fall outside the scope.

Managing accessibility in the public procurement of ICT

European Committee for Standardisation,  Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The scope of the Accessible ICT Procurement Toolkit is based on the contents of EN 301 549 and related Technical Reports produced in the context of Mandate 376. Nevertheless, the Toolkit includes a wide range of support and guidance material to facilitate procurers in incorporating accessibility as a criterion in the procurement of ICT products and services.

Deloitte paints worrying picture of government readiness for digital transformation

Derek du Preez, Diginomica (UK),  Monday, July 13, 2015

And it can’t be denied that progress has been made. The G-Cloud framework (despite recent worries over awareness levels) has paved the way for a new approach to procurement, working digital hubs are being formed across central government and millions of pounds has been saved. GaaP, if successful, could be genuinely groundbreaking for governments around the world. However, despite the visions, rhetoric and success stories to date, it’s easy to forget the magnitude of the challenge at hand and the problems that the government is going to have in scaling up its digital ambitions beyond the walls of Whitehall and across local government, schools and the NHS.