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Here’s What the Rewrite of DOD’s Cloud Strategy Will Look Like

November 25, 2014 An update to the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy aims to decentralize the process for purchasing commercial cloud solutions away from the Defense Information Systems Agency and toward individual agencies, according to a draft document of the retooled cloud strategy obtained by Nextgov. The 46-page draft document has not been ...

Will Veterans' Data Ever Truly Be Secure?

November 20, 2014 For two hours yesterday, members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee poked and prodded a slew of Department of Veterans Affairs officials over glaring information security weaknesses that potentially put millions of veterans’ personal information at risk of exposure. The hearing revolved around data breachespurportedly by foreign entities, VA’s perceived ...

Will Veterans' Data Ever Truly Be Secure?

November 19, 2014 For two hours yesterday, members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee poked and prodded a slew of Department of Veterans Affairs officials over glaring information security weaknesses that potentially put millions of veterans’ personal information at risk of exposure. The hearing revolved around data breaches purportedly by foreign entities, VA’s ...

Watchdog: VA Still Not Doing Enough to Address IT Vulnerabilities

November 18, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs information security weaknesses are again in the crosshairs of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Ahead of congressional testimony before the committee Tuesday, a Government Accountability Office report and prepared testimony by VA officials and the agency’s internal inspector general detail how the agency has failed ...

More Cloud Data Breaches ‘Inevitable’ in 2015, Forrester Says

November 17, 2014 If a new analysis holds true, cloud computing will continue to be the most disruptive technology around -- but get ready for more ugly data breach headlines. The inevitability of breached data in the cloud is the most provocative of 10 forecasts from Forrester Research in a new report, Predictions ...

NSA Turns to the Cloud to Help Manage Data Deluge

November 14, 2014 Four years ago, the National Security Agency realized it had a data problem. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, armed with new authorities that allowed the intelligence agency to collect an assortment of global communications and Internet metadata, NSA ramped up its operations. These expanded surveillance ...

Amazon's Cloud Chief: Government Data Centers Will Be a Thing of the Past

November 13, 2014 Imagine the federal government’s hoard of underused, energy-guzzling data centers – all 7,000-plus of them – whittled down to perhaps a few dozen owned by select agencies. That’s the future envisioned by Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. In that world, the cloud would replace the government’s ...

Of Asteroids and ETs: How Cloud Innovation is Driving Space Exploration

November 12, 2014 In the past eight years, cloud computing has evolved from the simple concept of renting computing power and storage into a nearly ubiquitous technology few individuals using a mobile device or Internet-connected computer could avoid even if they tried. But in a few more years, cloud computing is poised to ...

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Managing The Deluge

November 11, 2014 Four years ago, the National Security Agency realized it had a data problem. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, armed with new authorities that allowed the intelligence agency to collect an assortment of global communications and Internet metadata, NSA ramped up its operations. These expanded surveillance ...

Verizon Latest to Achieve FedRAMP Compliance

November 6, 2014 Verizon Enterprise Solutions is now among a select group of cloud service providers with an offering that achieves compliance with the government’s standardized cloud security assessment. The company announced today its infrastructure-as-a-service offering – Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition – has achieved compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. ...