The IACP’s cloud computing principles address new data collection technologies

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recent update of the group’s cloud computing principles fits in with findings from recent Penton E-surveys of local government officials. GPN reached out to Paul Rosenzweig, senior advisor to the Washington, D.C.-based Chertoff Group, for his views on local government technology and the IACP principles.

Cisco: “Second Wave” of Cloud Adoption is Here

Michael Keating, Talkin' Cloud,  Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A majority of IT professionals are looking once again to the cloud as a new way to drum up profit-but this time, this “Second Wave” of cloud adoption could come in the form of business innovation as well as revenue increases. According to a new study from Cisco (CSCO) and IDC called “Don’t Get Left Behind: The Business Benefits of Achieving Greater Cloud Adoption,” IDC surveyed more than 3,600 enterprise executives about their current and planned cloud usage, and found that 53 percent of companies expect cloud to drive increased revenue over the next two years.

CSC and friends Amazon and Microsoft score big cloud win

Barb Darrow, Fortune,  Monday, August 31, 2015

Giant systems integrator CSC just logged a major cloud contract from the Federal Aviation Authority that could add up to $1 billion over the next decade. And it did so with help from two public cloud rivals—Amazon Web Services and Microsoft as part of its team. Under the ten-year contract, initially valued at $108 million, the CSC team will “consolidate FAA data centers and migrate FAA data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment [using] the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool,” according to CSC’s announcement Monday.

Seeking Solutions to Cross-Border Data Realities

H. Bryan CunninghamPaul Rosenzweig by Bryan Cunningham, Cunningham Levy LLP
Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Friday, August 28, 2015

In this interview with The Cybersecurity Law Report, Bryan Cunningham and Paul Rosenzweig discuss myriad issues in transferring digital data across nations that have different privacy regimes, potential solutions, and their take on pending cases that could change how companies handle data.

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.

Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part Two)

Adam Segal, Net Politics,  Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is the second part of my Q&A with Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith over the company’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over e-mails stored in Ireland. The case raises important questions with respect to the privacy of digital communications and the future of cloud computing.

DoD implements stricter cyber incident oversights, cloud computing guidelines (1)

Robert Bartley, Fierce Government IT,  Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Defense Department Wednesday initiated two sets of policies to enforce stricter guidelines when dealing with about 10,000 contractors the department trusts with offsite cyber information. One part of the interim rule, called "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services," will amend the DFARS to include mandates passed in recent Defense funding bills for stricter contractor reporting rules on cyber incidents. According to the issuance, this is part of a greater effort to streamline contractor incident reports.

Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part One)

Adam Segal, Net Politics,  Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In light of the significance of this case for U.S. consumers and businesses, and the impact that its outcome could have on the privacy of digital communications, Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, took the time to answer some questions regarding the case and what its outcome might mean.

Trust and verify: Managing the cloud abroad and at home

Kevin Fitfal and Steve Orrin, GCN,  Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Federal IT professionals used to be able to depend on keeping their information safe in secure on-premise data centers, but times have changed. Traditional data centers could be depended upon for consistent control, visibility and security, but today’s cloud-based centers offer new variants of those capabilities – a fact that IT administrators struggle with every day. This is particularly problematic for those managing two adjuncts of today’s cloud-driven environment: geographically dispersed servers and emerging OpenStack deployments. Both pose their own unique challenges, including the need for assurance that systems are adhering to location-specific laws and security concerns in general.

Microsoft Beefs Up Azure Virtual Machine Cloud Backups

Pedro Hernandez, eWeek,  Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Microsoft has upgraded its Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) virtual machine backup service, providing enterprises with more headroom as they implement their cloud-based data protection programs, the company announced. "The new set of features includes support for virtual machine backup with more data disks, long-term retention and more," said Trinadh Kotturu, a program manager in Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group. "These features strengthen Azure Backup's ability to back up Azure IaaS virtual machines in a simple and reliable way." The service now supports virtual machines (VMs) that span "16 data disks in addition to the OS disk," he noted. Customers also can expect more predictable backup times as a result of the new enhancements and optimizations.