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, 2 comments. 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.

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.

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.

Megaupload case gathers steam as warrants deemed invalid

The US case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is looking shakier by the day, following news that warrants used to raid his New Zealand home were invalid.

On Thursday New Zealand High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the warrants used in January “did not adequately describe the offences to which they related”. Many of Dotcom’s substantial assets were frozen, and property seized including a 20 luxury vehicles, works of art and computers.

Moves by the FBI to copy data from...

By Matt Henkes, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage, Vendors.

Where to allocate resources in the cybercrime war

The cost of protecting ourselves against cybercrime can far outweigh the cost of the threat itself, according to a new study led by computer scientists at The University of Cambridge.

At the behest of the UK Ministry of Defence, the research team compiled the first estimate of direct, indirect and defence costs of different types of cybercrime.

The report’s authors, which included experts from Cambridge University, working with colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, the USA and UK, concluded that...

By Matt Henkes, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Industry, Regulation, Security.

Should cloud storage firms be sweating over Megaupload?

With Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload website still languishing in custody in New Zealand after his bail hearing was postponed, the plight of the group detained over the US government indictment of the site raises uncomfortable questions for cloud storage service providers everywhere.  

Seven men have been arrested, while a further three are still being sought by authorities in connection with the site, which is alleged to have generated over $175m in a few years through copying and distributing...

By Matt Henkes, 23 January 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Regulation, Storage.

Microsoft addresses privacy concerns on both sides of the Atlantic

Microsoft has made its Office 365 cloud-based service more attractive to US and European customers concerned with legal issues around data sovereignty.

The company has added support for the European Commission’s “Model Clauses”, which regulate how personal data is stored even when the physical location of the data storage lays beyond the borders of the European Economic Area.

Model clauses, introduced in 2010, assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal...

By Matt Henkes, 15 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Regulation, Security, Storage.

Kundra to advise EU cloud strategy

The European Union has said it is preparing to embrace the cloud fully in 2012 when it begins to roll out its cloud strategy, according to vice president for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and the plans will be overseen by former US chief information officer, Vivek Kundra.

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Kroes said: "We are hoping to publish Europe's strategy on cloud computing next year and I have asked Vivek to be my advisor on this; he has said yes," adding: "My day has been made."

Vivek Kundra, also in...

By Verity Gough, 04 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Europe, Government, Industry, Regulation.