Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives.

ENISA Says Government Cloud Essential to the Economic Success of the EU

Cheryl Kemp, The Whir,  Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Although the idea of government cloud has been supported by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) since 2010-2011, agencies have been slow to adopt cloud services. Despite the benefits to government cloud such as savings of up to 30 percent and increased productivity, “not many public administrations are actively procuring Cloud services nor are they launching any test bed projects on Cloud computing (e.g. the European project “Cloud for Europe”),” according to report released by the ENISA last week. The report identifies cloud use as an important economic tool, a fact that should encourage governments to adopt services to facilitate innovation.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Setting Stage For Legal Battle

Thomas Gryta, Wall Street Journal,  Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate Internet service like a public utility, expanding the U.S. government’s oversight of a once lightly regulated business at the center of the country’s commercial and social activity. The 3-2 vote, along party lines, starts the clock ticking on an expected legal challenge from the telecom and cable industries. The move marks a turn in the government’s approach to the Internet—from a hands off policy dating back two decades to encourage the Web’s growth to a more interventionist posture as commercial issues have multiplied.

Google's Quiet Dominance Over The 'Ad Tech' Industry

Allen Grunes, Forbes,  Thursday, February 26, 2015

A few months ago, display advertising on the Internet mysteriously vanished for more than an hour. On more than 55,000 websites such as BuzzFeed and Forbes, spaces that usually display advertisements went blank. It turned out that Google’s behemoth online advertising platform, DoubleClick, was to blame. The DoubleClick ad server had crashed, disrupting the entire infrastructure by which advertisers buy billions of dollars of ads across millions of websites. Think about it: In an era of global competition, one company’s network crash broke the Internet.

Kudos to the FCC

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wow, they did it, they really did it! The F.C.C. revised its initial rule offering about net neutrality and fast lanes to change the Internet categorization from “information service” to “telecommunications” and brought the entire mobile phone market also into that umbrella. That process was a true demonstration of democracy in action as the shift responded to the over four million comments to the original proposal and a strongly worded intention by President Obama last November. Here is what we all hope to see as a result of this new categorization: resources to build out broadband, improve disability services and create greater digital and information literacies

How much cloud is too much cloud?

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Thursday, February 26, 2015

The average public sector organization uses 721 cloud services. A recent study found that only one third of federal agencies met a June 2014 deadline to meet FedRAMP security guidelines -- but that report didn’t cover what cloud services employees are bringing to work with them, known as shadow IT. Skyhigh Networks’ fourth quarter 2014 report looked at what cloud services are most prevalent in government organizations and the risks associated with such services.

10 Cloud Roadblocks and What to Do About Them

Mike Ferrara, CMSWire,  Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As organizations face growing pressure to properly manage their digital content growth, cloud vendors have been marching out a series of improvements in an attempt to gain their favor. One such example is Microsoft’s recent announcement about achieving ISO 27018 and HITRUST compliance. Consumer cloud services are ubiquitous and cloud adoption is steadily climbing in the enterprise. Yet IT organizations still lack experience on how to approach cloud services.

The EU’s Path to Cloud Regulation

Pymnts.com,  Monday, February 23, 2015

By the end of 2015, Europe could change the way data is transferred across its Member States. The European Commission is knee-deep in exploring cloud computing regulations that would span the EU, but cloud technology often sparks fear of privacy breaches – especially within small businesses. The way B2B does business in Europe could change significantly with these cloud computing rules, and the Commission will need to juggle the concerns and needs of the industry as it looks to rain the benefits of the cloud upon all businesses.

Pac Crest: Microsoft will gain cloud share as hybrid clouds boom

Eric Jhonsa, Seeking Alpha,  Friday, February 20, 2015

Though more complex to run that standard public cloud solutions, hybrid clouds are "likely to grow as a percentage of total cloud deployments in the next two to three years" due to strong corporate interest, argues Pac Crest's Brendan Barnicle. He expects Microsoft, which has made an aggressive hybrid cloud push via Azure and its integrations with various on-premise Microsoft products, to benefit.

Global privacy standards mean nothing until governments step up

J. Peter Bruzzese, InfoWorld,  Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Microsoft recently announced it's the first major cloud provider to adopt the global cloud privacy standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Auditors verified that Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, and Intune conform to the standard (ISO 27018) designed to protect personally identifiable information (PII) in the cloud, addressing a fear that users and businesses share in many countries -- especially users, businesses, and governments in Europe. But what does that compliance really get you? ISO 27018 is a good starting point to protect personal data, as Microsoft has outlined. But Microsoft has to do whatever legal authorities tell it, so its protections are subject to governments' often secret and inconsistent interpretations of their authority.

Intelligence In The Cloud: Lockheed Martin And Esri Cloud Deployment Enables Geospatial Information Sharing Across Intel Community

CNN Money / PR Newswire,  Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The deployment of the portal for Esri's ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) provides a single environment for analysts to securely organize and share data throughout the intelligence community and Department of Defense. It's also the foundational step in consolidating multiple geospatial intelligence portals into the single NGA-provided portal, resulting in technology and license cost savings. This is NGA's second pioneering step in the cloud, after the agency moved their Map of the World application to the C2S environment late last year.