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.

Federal CIOs need to pay attention to European Commission’s investigation into Android

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Monday, August 03, 2015

My goal here is not to rehash what has already been stated, but instead focus on Android and the underlying, lesser-known issues at play for government users. It is important to consider the implications this series of events has on public sector entities. Vendor practices are particularly important for federal CIOs while procuring goods and services, in particular as it relates to “bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) policies.

Europe wants to be the world’s leading tech power. Andrus Ansip is tasked with making it happen

Leo Mirani, Quartz,  Monday, August 03, 2015

But when it comes to digital policy, the important thing to know is just this: Andrus Ansip is the most powerful person in Europe today. As the commissioner in charge of the “digital single market,” his job is, literally, “to make Europe a world leader in information and communication technology.”

Government CIOs fret over apps reliability in the cloud

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Monday, August 03, 2015

Government CIOs are struggling to meet rising expectations among consumers for what level of service a website should deliver, and 70 percent of the respondents in Akamai's survey said that a consistent user experience is an "unmet need."

Google Pushes Back Against French Privacy Regulator’s Order

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg Business,  Thursday, July 30, 2015

Google Inc. pushed back against France’s data privacy authority after the watchdog ordered the search engine giant to extend the so-called right to be forgotten to its websites globally. France’s data protection authority, CNIL, should withdraw its ultimatum threatening Google with fines unless it delists requested links across its network, the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post Thursday.

Survey: Shadow IT haunts DOD networks

Kevin McCaney, Defense Systems,  Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A recent survey by Solar Winds of federal government IT management and monitoring revealed that a majority of DOD IT pros said shadow IT is being used in their departments, nearly 70 percent of them expect the practice to grow at least slightly over the next two years, and they’re not especially confident in their ability to control the use of shadow IT.

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.