China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud

According to a report by web censorship watchdog Great Fire, China's infamous state firewall is performing a MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack against users of Apple's Cloud-based services. It is suspected the attack has been launched in response to Apple's new default encryption methods.

It is possible to circumvent the fake site using a VPN, or one of iCloud's many other IP addresses.

Since iOS 8, authorities can no longer bypass on-device encryption to gain access. The convenient timing of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Bristol City Council moves to the cloud in estimated £1.5m deal

Eduserv, the not for profit public sector cloud provider, has won a contract with Bristol City Council worth an estimated £1.5m to migrate its IT infrastructure to the cloud.

The contract sees Eduserv take over the day to day running of the council’s IT, with future IT services being procured in a much more flexible manner, ensuring the council doesn’t own much of its ICT.

Bristol City Council is planning on cutting about £90m in IT costs, as local governments continue to move their...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector.

It’s all systems go for the Digital Marketplace on G-Cloud, government confirms

A blog post on the gov.uk website has outlined a hazy date of the end of September when G-Cloud migrates from the CloudStore to the new shiny Digital Marketplace.

G-Cloud’s new home, which made alpha back in March, aims to replace the CloudStore as well as the Digital Services Store, a home for finding people who can design digital projects and services.

As Ivanka Majic wrote on the government’s official...

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

IBM explains how it won the California government cloud contract

Late last week CloudTech reported that the state of California was moving to the cloud, thanks to a contract won by IBM, AT&T and KPMG. And according to George Cruser, general manager infrastructure for IBM Global Technology Services, it was a unique contract in the 25 years he’s done government work.

“It was kind of an interesting competitive bid because it was the standard government bid, and then they had a series of negotiations where they took two teams...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS.

California moves to the cloud in collaboration with IBM, AT&T, KPMG

The California Department of Technology, alongside IBM, has announced the launch of CalCloud, an infrastructure as a service private cloud rolled out across California.

The news marks an important client win for IBM after losing a widely publicised battle against Amazon Web Services for a lucrative CIA cloud contract back in October. IBM are involved alongside AT&T, which will provide network services, and KPMG to provide education and drive...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, IaaS.

Four critical areas for G-Cloud in the next 12 months

This month saw the publication of the business plan for the GDS which lays out the focus of its work up until this time next year.

The scope of its work pipeline is impressive in its ambition and potential impact.

In digitising the top 25 most important government services by its 2015 deadline the GDS estimates it will save £979m each year.

Meanwhile, from its G-Cloud programme, it...

By Ivan Harris, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Opinion.

Cloud: The answer to a more effective government

Central Government cuts are seeing local authorities across the country staring down the barrel of astronomical budget savings in the next few years. Many have had no option but to take the unpalatable step of reducing staff numbers and cutting essential front line services.

By utilising the cloud, council IT provision moves from being a static asset, to become a service that provides real value to the whole community. Indeed, many in true Neville Chamberlain fashion, are waving this argument in front of...

By Mark Keepax, 07 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Strategy.

How should governments go cloud first?

Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Chief Analyst, Global Public Sector

Three Australian state governments have recently released updated ICT strategies that include cloud-first policy positions. However, each state has taken a different approach to driving cloud services adoption. This raises interesting questions about the impact of cloud services on the logic of whole-of-government ICT strategy.

Our view is that central agencies should focus on leadership and enablement. They should be mindful of the risk that too much...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government.