FTC Recommends Limits on Data Collection Via Internet of Things

Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In a much-anticipated report on the so-called-Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission laid out on Tuesday steps businesses can take to protect consumers’ privacy. The first is to build security into devices at the outset, rather than as an afterthought. Other recommendations include: vetting partners for how they handle consumer data, taking measures to keep unauthorized users from accessing personal information stored on the network, and monitoring and patching connected devices throughout their expected life cycle.

Pace of IT biggest challenge for agencies moving to cloud

Susie Adams, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, sat down with Women of Washington to discuss how the government can leverage cloud computing solutions. On challenges the government faces when transitioning to the cloud, Adams said,"The biggest challenge is the pace of IT for the federal agencies, and the fact that we've moved to the fifth generation of computing at lightning fast speed. And nothing in the government moves at lightning fast speed." Adams explained how government agencies should be looking toward cloud solutions.

A Cautionary Government Cloud Story--UK's G-Cloud. Does The "G" Stand For Gone?

Ben Kepes, Forbes,  Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All would appear, however, to not be well with the G-Cloud. This despite the program seemingly proving very effective. Indeed total G-Cloud sales amounted to £270m by the end of September 2014, averaging £22m a month. That’s more than double the £120m sales predicted by 2014/15 by the inaugural program director, Denise McDonagh, back in 2012. Despite this success however the initiative is being rebranded as a “Digital Marketplace” and the rebrand includes an overhaul of the back end platform that powers the marketplace. It seems that the pressure is on to morph G-Cloud into a much broader digital services store – perhaps a noble idea but one which will take the focus away from the simply, but highly effective, G-Cloud.

For Cloud Computing Guidance, Look To Washington (Seriously)

Joe McKendrick, Forbes,  Monday, January 26, 2015

The U.S. federal government took a leadership role early with cloud. In fact, since 2010, federal agencies have been under a mandate to adopt a “cloud-first” approach to setting up new applications. So, there’s a lot that can be learned from the experiences of these agencies. For starters, there’s been an innate fear of lock-in to cloud vendors. In fact, 75 percent of federal cloud users in a new survey say they want to move more services to the cloud, but are concerned about retaining control over their data. Additionally, 53 percent say fear of long-term contracts hold them back.

Cop cameras take hold thanks to the cloud

Brandon Butler, Network World,  Monday, January 26, 2015

Ever since the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, Vievu has seen a lot more interest in its product. The Seattle-based company makes a custom video camera that is meant to be worn by police officers to capture video of exactly what cops are doing. With this technology, if an incident like what happened in Ferguson occurred again then judges, juries and the general public would have video evidence.But videotaping the movements of busy police officers produces a lot of data. And where better to store it than the cloud. Vievu recently signed a partnership with Microsoft to create a platform in the Azure Government cloud specifically for storing, managing and analyzing the data produced by the Vievu cameras.

Microsoft Continues to See Impact of Transition to Cloud

Darryl Taft, eWeek,  Monday, January 26, 2015

"This quarter's results show the product and business transformation underway at Microsoft," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the company's earnings call on Jan. 26. "We saw success in a number of our strategic areas, including cloud adoption, redefining and revitalizing the Windows ecosystem, and improving economics in our hardware portfolio." Microsoft is in the midst of a transformation to become the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, Nadella said. In essence, the company is moving from selling packaged software to selling services via subscription.

OTA Releases Guidelines On Privacy Assessment, Best Practices

Laurie Sullivan, Media Post,  Friday, January 23, 2015

Dependency on cloud computing, outsourcing requirements and interconnected devices will eventually force the advertising industry to follow comprehensive security controls and practices to reduce the risk of data breaches. More than 90% of the 500 data breaches that occurred from January to June 2014 could have easily been prevented, per a report released Wednesday from The Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

Interview: Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s new competition chief

Lewis Crofts, MLex,  Friday, January 23, 2015

In an exclusive interview with MLex, Margrethe Vestager talks of her political past in Denmark and of her plans as European Commissioner for Competition. She explains the need for fair tax policies, the power of data in technology markets, and the prospect of a sector-wide antitrust inquiry. This interview examines topics including: •The ongoing antitrust investigation into Google and the pending cases of “tax deals” concerning Apple, Amazon and Starbucks •The European Commission’s review of companies buying minority stakes •Vestager’s view on data as the “new currency of the Internet” and its impact on privacy

Federal IT Leaders Want Cloud Vendors to Provide Clarity

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Friday, January 23, 2015

Federal agencies are actively shopping for new cloud computing technologies, but vendors will help their cause by packaging their services to be more readily implemented in a government environment that is highly security conscious and almost preternaturally cautious about rolling out new IT systems.

The key to understanding the gap between the vision and reality of cloud computing

Chris Widemann, Washington Technology,  Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In the 1990s, Alan Greenspan, then chairman of the Federal Reserve, referred to the attitudes surrounding the overvalued dot-com market as “irrational exuberance.” I’m beginning to feel the same way about cloud technology as a sales cure-all for government clients. Not that the bottom is going to drop out of the cloud market – far from it. There does seem, however, to be some “unmerited optimism” about relying on the technology as a door opener. The cloud has taken on almost a magical quality among those who sell to government. Many vendors and integrators believe that having a cloud story is the key to winning government contracts, no matter what their core business may be.