Security

IT professionals continue to cite security concerns as one of the largest barriers to cloud migration. Uniform government standards specific to cloud computing have yet to be finalized, leaving important questions regarding data availability and integrity unanswered. SafeGov.org aims to provoke discussion related to these concerns as well as raise awareness of the ways in which cloud computing could ultimately strengthen existing security measures.

Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’

Jena McGregor, Washington Post,  Monday, August 22, 2016

Just after Apple disclosed those results, Cook sat down with The Washington Post to discuss his first five years in one of Corporate America’s most glaring spotlights. In two sprawling and highly self-reflective interviews — one in his office and another by phone just before he left for vacation in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks — Cook described why the visibility of the job has been “shocking,” how he’s learned to deal with the scrutiny, and who he’s turned to for advice at pivotal moments...

EU Privacy Regulation Changes For WhatsApp + Skype

Richard Stiennon, Information Security Buzz,  Friday, August 19, 2016

The EU Commission has confirmed its desire to bring in more regulation for online messaging services such as WhatsApp and Skype in an attempt to safeguard users’ privacy. Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer, Blancco Technology Group commented below.

Data Center Closures and Cloud Key to Pentagon’s Future IT Environment

Dan Verton, MeriTalk,  Friday, August 19, 2016

If the Department of Defense were a private corporation, it would sit at the top of the Fortune 100, a behemoth with more than 2 million employees spread across 5,000 locations and a $36 billion annual IT budget. But it would still be wrestling with what is arguably the most complex enterprise network environment in the world—an environment that Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen argues is too difficult to defend, too costly to operate and maintain, and hampers effective information sharing between the military services and the nation’s allies.

Canada police chiefs push for law forcing people to hand over passwords

Jim Bronskill, Toronto Star,  Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has passed a resolution calling for the legal measure to unlock digital evidence, saying criminals increasingly use encryption to hide illicit activities. There is nothing currently in Canadian law that would compel someone to provide a password to police during an investigation, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver told a news conference Tuesday. Oliver said criminals — from child abusers to mobsters — are operating online in almost complete anonymity with the help of tools that mask identities and messages, a phenomenon police call “going dark.” “The victims in the digital space are real,” Oliver said. “Canada’s law and policing capabilities must keep pace with the evolution of technology.”

Microsoft’s leaky ‘boot’ offers another reason to preserve encryption

Nathan Leamer, R Street,  Thursday, August 18, 2016

We at the R Street Institute support strong encryption and have warned about the consequences of efforts to undermine this essential security tool through government-mandated backdoors, compelled assistance or other means. A similar position was reiterated by Apple CEO Tim Cook in his February “letter to customers” that clarified the company’s defense of encryption.

The Privacy Paradox

Colin Poltras, UConn,  Thursday, August 18, 2016

In a new study by a UConn communication professor and co-authors, hundreds of university students agreed to give up their first-born child and turn their personal data over to the National Security Agency in return for access to what they thought was a new social networking site. “The privacy paradox is basically the idea that we say one thing and do another when it comes to privacy,” says Oeldorf-Hirsch. “Individuals may state that privacy is important and that they are interested in protecting their information, but their behavior does not corroborate those intentions. People generally share more information or share it more widely than they claim to.”

Capital Markets Firms Need to Bolster Cybersecurity to Protect Data [Infographic]

Phil Goldstein, BizTech,  Thursday, August 18, 2016

Capital markets firms and other financial houses face a complex balancing act when it comes to cybersecurity. On the one hand, they need to protect proprietary algorithms and data from hackings and theft, and on the other must ensure they are meeting regulatory compliance demands from laws like the Dodd-Frank Act. The threats are real, and 37 percent of financial services firms reported a double-digit increase in cybersecurity incidents from the year before, according to an April 2016 report from risk technology research firm Chartis. In that kind of environment, with data security a top concern and the overwhelming majority of financial services firms feeling vulnerable to data threats, how can IT help?

Microsoft expands and renews international certifications in seven countries

Alice Rison, Microsoft Azure Blog,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Microsoft invests heavily in cloud computing to not only create the most advanced functionality and highest quality services possible, but also to ensure security, compliance, privacy and transparency are provided to our cloud services customers. Products like Azure Security Center and Microsoft Transparency Hub, and activities such as our ongoing legal effort to protect privacy rights across the globe, show our holistic approach to trust and security which no other cloud service provider can match. We continue to maintain the largest portfolio of cloud certifications. In the first half of 2016, we achieved four new international certifications as well as renewed and expanded other certifications in seven countries. Here is a quick recap of our international compliance activities:

Cloud Adoption Could Jump Thanks to Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative

Phil Goldstein, FedTech,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Data Center Optimization Initiative could be the best thing to happen to federal cloud adoption in a while. The DCOI, the federal government’s latest push to get agencies to consolidate and close data centers across the country, is designed to save money and boost efficiency, but policymakers have other goals as well. In addition to improving security, the policy is designed to spur the adoption of cloud services and interagency shared services. As agencies start to implement the new policy, which was officially unveiled earlier this month, they may be adding more cloud services to their mix of IT.

EU plans to extend some telecom rules to web-based providers

Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The European Union is planning to extend telecom rules covering security and confidentiality of communications to web services such as Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's WhatsApp which could restrict how they use encryption. The rules currently only apply to telecoms providers such as Vodafone and Orange. According to an internal European Commission document seen by Reuters, the EU executive wants to extend some of the rules to web companies offering calls and messages over the Internet.