IBM introduces flexibility to Big Data governance

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise SolutionsIBM’s latest Big Data enhancements for its InfoSphere integration and governance product portfolio promote an emerging approach to reconcile Big Data with master data management (MDM). IBM’s official terminology is “building confidence” in Big Data. The innovation is a probabilistic approach based on the idea that when ensuring the validity and sanctity of Big Data, “perfect is the enemy of good.” This is very much in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data, Enterprise, Regulation, Strategy.

NASA’s cloud computing efforts “need strengthening”, says report

NASA’s roadmap towards utilising cloud computing needs a serious rethink, according to an official report from the space agency’s Office of Audits (OA).

In a 38-page report, the OA criticises NASA’s cloud strategy in terms of governance, risk management and security, concluding that “weaknesses...impeded the agency from fully realising the benefits of cloud computing and potentially placed at risk its information stored in the cloud.”

Currently, NASA spends about $10m of its...

By James Bourne, 05 August 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Government, Public, PublicSector, Regulation, Research.

CSA warns PRISM is very bad news for US cloud providers

The after-effects of PRISM means that companies are much less likely to use US-based cloud service providers (CSPs), according to a survey from the Cloud Security Alliance.

56% were less likely to use US-based providers, with one in 10 going as far to say that they’d cancelled a project which used US CSPs as a result. Only 3%, interestingly, said their confidence in US vendors had increased.

It’s noticeable that, from the vendors’ perspective, their confidence had not been diminished. 64%...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Hacking, Regulation, Research, Security.

New Zealand updates cloud policy, follows in Australia’s footsteps

As all eyes were on Australia in the Asia Pacific cloud computing space, New Zealand has taken a similar leap through the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP) and published an updated cloud policy, called the Cloud Code.

The v2.0, released today, has two key agreements for all potential signatories: no cloud washing, and upfront disclosure of cloud products and services.

New Zealand’s cloudy code of practice was first developed in 2011, in partnership with the major CSPs, so it could be argued that...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Regulation, Security, SLA, Vendors.

Why global ICT spending will reach $3.7 trillion in 2013

Economic uncertainty surrounding the U.S. government sequester, European debt crisis and weakening GDP in China has resulted in volatile spending patterns across most segments of the market. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), as a result of the current economic climate, business technology spending was slightly below expectations in the second half of 2012 and first quarter of 2013. IDC now projects worldwide IT spending growth of 4.9 percent this year in constant currency, down from the previous forecast of 5.5 percent growth --...

By David H Deans, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Choosing a cloud provider: The importance of compliance transparency

Looking beyond HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance claims

The scary part about shopping for a cloud solution is that even if the managed services provider claims compliance, this doesn’t mean that they actually are compliant. In fact, the provider may not even realise they are being misleading. Because regulatory compliance is too often left open to interpretation, your definition of HIPAA, SOX or PCI-DSS compliance might be different...

By Ray Vallillo, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Compliance, Infrastructure, Regulation, Vendors.

Sizing up collaboration: how to measure ROI on your Unified Communications

By Adrian Thirkill, Easynet UK MD

Dust off the bunting and hang the flags out: global IT spending is forecast to increase by 4.1% in 2013  according to Gartner’s latest worldwide IT spending forecast published in March.

This is great news, but when considered within the still-quaking economy it also comes with a caution: it’s more important than ever to make carefully-planned IT investments which add value to a business and create a...

By Easynet G.S., 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Regulation, UnifiedComms.

Google privacy policy dispute: The facts!

Google is in the middle of a legal battle with European privacy watchdogs after the organisation refused to change its new privacy policy in order to adhere to EU compliance regulations. The watchdogs said “Google Inc.’s privacy practices don’t comply with Europe-wide data-protection rules.”

The Problem with Google’s Privacy Policy:

Google presented the new policy in March 2012 and it the changes allowed the search giant to help utilize targeted advertising by merging user data...

By maildistiller, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Regulation.

How location is crucial to cloud data security

Anyone who has ever dealt in real estate—either buying a house, renting, or just living with someone in the industry—has heard the mantra "location, location, location." As it turns out, location matters in the cloud, too. In particular, if you work for a regional or global company, you’ll find that certain governments, regional political entities (eg. the EU), and industries impose restrictions on where specific types of data can physically reside.

These jurisdictions apply regulations that protect...

By Bluewolf, 16 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data, Government, Regulation.

Megaupload founder offers to fly to US to face piracy charges

Kim Dotcom has offered to travel to the US of his own volition to face charges over alleged copyright infringements related to the Megaupload cloud storage service he founded.

Under house arrest in Christchurch, New Zealand since February, the German national, who has previously opposed extradition attempts made by US prosecutors, offered terms to the Department of Justice over Twitter.

"Hey DOJ (Department of Justice), we will go to the US. No need for...

By Matt Henkes, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage.