Oregon joins AWS government cloud – while UK councils turn down G-Cloud

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it has signed a criminal justice information services (CJIS) agreement with the State of Oregon, enabling AWS GovCloud services available to the state’s law enforcement officers.

Oregon joins California, Colorado, and Minnesota among others in signing up to AWS’s cloud services. The provider has two availability zones in its US GovCloud data centre.

“We are committed to doing our part as a cloud service provider by giving...

By James Bourne, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, PublicSector, Regulation.

Encryption of cloud data is great – but it’s not a magic bullet

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The headlong stampede of enterprise data into the cloud has passed by.

A few years ago I might have written it was ‘underway,’ but this would grossly understate the situation.  Data which was once stored on premise has left the building, the twinkling lights on the tin box in your racks are slowly blinking out. Data osmosis is taking place, draining life force from these antiquated shells into vast data-centres run by some of the largest companies on earth.   It...

By Ed Macnair, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Regulation, Security.

AWS and Azure get the highest federal security rating: What happens from here?

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Cloud services have been able to store customers’ data for many years now, but the number of prospective clients for several vendors has recently dramatically increased.

Back in late June, the announcement was made that three vendors had received special certifications from the federal government, allowing them to store sensitive data that the government had...

By Rick Delgado, 18 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation, Security.

UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.

Data placement in the cloud and regulations for US financial services

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As momentum builds behind public cloud infrastructure solutions, even highly regulated industries like financial services are exploring their options. While regulations and security are often seen as stumbling blocks for public cloud acceptance in financial services, reviewing available information on U.S. regulatory guidance and privacy law suggests there may be ways to move into...

By Bryan Solie, 10 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Regulation.

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 line...

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

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.

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.