FBI seeks information about cloud services to store criminal justice data

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT. Author: Henry Kenyon.

The FBI is seeking commercial cloud-computing options that can store vast amounts of criminal justice data. In a recent request for information, the bureau said it wants an on-site, infrastructure-as-a-service, "cloud in a box" system to support the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, W.Va., at multiple locations across the country.

In the request, the FBI said the system capabilities should include rent processing, storage, networks and other computing resources such as operating systems and applications. The cloud infrastructure would be run by a commercial provider, but its physical components such as servers would reside at FBI facilities. The bureau would also retain control over any "operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and networking components such as firewalls and load balancers."...

Cloud Computing: How the CIA Partnered With Amazon and Changed Intelligence

Grazed from DefenseOne.  Author: Frank Konkel.

The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services for the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year will begin servicing all 17 agencies that make up the intelligence community. If the technology plays out as officials envision, it will usher in a new era of cooperation and coordination, allowing agencies to share information and services much more easily and avoid the kind of intelligence gaps that preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

For the first time, agencies within the IC will be able to order a variety of on-demand computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency. What’s more, they’ll only pay for what they use...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft boosts anti-snooping protection in, OneDrive

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Microsoft has added encryption safeguards to the webmail service and to the OneDrive cloud storage service, in part to better protect these consumer products from government snoops. “Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services you use and depend on every day. This effort also helps us reinforce that governments use appropriate legal processes, not technical brute force, if they want access to that data,” Matt Thomlinson, vice president, Trustworthy Computing Security, at Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

The move follows similar ones from other cloud computing providers. For example, Google announced end-to-end encryption for Gmail in April, including protection for email messages while they travel among Google data centers. It recently announced similar encryption for its Google Drive cloud storage service...

NIST Outlines Cloud Challenges Facing Forensics Professionals

Grazed from ExecutiveGov. Author: Jay Clemens.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a report that outlines the cloud computing challenges for digital forensics as identified by the industry and legal community, GCN reported Monday. William Jackson writes the NIST’s cloud computing forensic science working group prepared the draft interagency report as part of the agency’s efforts to further the adoption of cloud computing.

The report categorized the challenges for forensics professionals into architecture, data gathering, analysis, anti-forensics, trustworthiness of first responders, roles of data owners and users, legal jurisdictions, technical standards and training, according to the report. NIST seeks to identify standards and tools to address those challenges and determine further technological requirements to help fill the gaps, GCN reports...

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Microsoft: Riley v. California ruling will advance cloud privacy

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Auuthor: Editorial Staff.

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith. This case focused on whether police can search a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant during an arrest.

David Leon Riley was arrested on August 22, 2009 after a traffic stop, which resulted in the discovery of loaded firearms in his car. The officers subsequently seized and searched Riley’s phone and its contents, and the officers charged him with an unrelated shooting that had taken place several weeks prior to his arrest based in part on information found during that search...

Morgan Stanley: We deal with "rogue IT" by blocking Amazon, Dropbox and other cloud services

Grazed from Author: Editorial Staff.

Financial services giant Morgan Stanley has dealt with the problem of "rogue IT" - departments contracting their own IT services from cloud computing companies - by restricting access to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox and other big-name providers at the network layer.

The security problem posed by cloud computing services being used or procured under the radar of IT has become endemic - and poses a particular problem to organisations, like banks, that need to operate to a high degree of security. But at a presentation at the World Cloud Forum this week in which Laszlo Kollar, executive director of global cloud at Morgan Stanley, revealed how the bank is - slowly - shifting some services towards an internal cloud, Kollar admitted that the bank simply blocks Amazon, Dropbox and other popular cloud service providers to prevent staff from using them...

Cloud Computing: Amazon CTO says business unaffected by Snowden revelations

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: James Niccolai.

Breaking with other players in the IT industry, Amazon's CTO has downplayed any impact of the Edward Snowden revelations on its international business. "Growth outside the U.S. is as strong as it ever was," CTO Werner Vogels said in an onstage interview at the Gigaom Structure conference in San Francisco Wednesday.

Cisco and a few other vendors have complained that revelations about surveillance by the National Security Agency have eroded trust in U.S. technology firms overseas, harming their businesses. Cisco CEO John Chambers even complained to President Barack Obama, after reports that the NSA had intercepted routers en route to customers to plant surveillance tools...

Cloud Computing: Apple, Cisco, AT&T join Microsoft in fight against global search warrant

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

Apple, Cisco and AT&T all filed amicus curiae briefs on Friday supporting Microsoft in its appeal of a decision requiring it to hand over data about an Irish customer to U.S. law enforcement officials. Verizon filed an amicus brief on Microsoft’s behalf on Tuesday. The case highlights how the advent of cloud computing has technology companies overcoming their competitive differences in order to challenge troublesome data-protection laws.

In this case, U.S. magistrate judge James Francis IV decided that pursuant to the Stored Communication Act, Microsoft must provide law enforcement officials with the contents of an Irish customer’s email, which is stored on servers located in Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft and its peers argue the warrant defies both the Stored Communications Act and numerous international law constructs, including treaties the United States has in place with other countries — Ireland among them — regarding how to handle requests for data about each others’ citizens...

The Cloud Goes to Washington: Does It Matter Where Your Data Is?

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Elizabeth White.

Has Washington finally caught on to the cloud? As a "borderless technology," cloud computing is subject to the laws and regulations of many different countries - some more than others. The American legal and regulatory system has recently been paying more attention to cloud computing, so as a result new laws and regulatory regimes may be on the horizon.

In order to make good business decisions, it is important to understand where the legal and regulatory environment is headed and how possible changes might affect cloud computing deployment, adoption, and usage. What is the Supreme Court case The American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo really about and how is it related to cloud computing?...

Tech Industry Keeps Pressure on Congress for NSA Surveillance Changes

Grazed from AssociationsNow.  Author: Ernie Smith.

A year ago this week, a pair of shocking revelations about the federal government’s surveillance capabilities came to light.

The double-whammy of reports exposing the National Security Agency’s bulk metadata collection from phone calls and internet connections became one of the year’s biggest stories. It also introduced the world to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked the information on the spy agency’s surveillance to journalists and continues to evoke strong opinions on whether he’s a traitor or a hero.

The disclosures also kick-started a tech industry lobbying effort that continues as a bill aiming to roll back the NSA collection program moves through Congress. Here’s the latest:..