Government IT to the cloud: private-sector lessons

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Glenn Weinstein.

With his “25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management,” in December 2010, federal CIO Vivek Kundra sent shock waves through the IT world by announcing a “cloud-first” policy for the federal government.

Writing in clear, non-bureaucratic prose, Kundra showed that a new era is dawning in federal government IT.

Could a new breed of DOS attacks make the cloud unaffordable?

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: William Jackson.

The cloud is the current Next Big Thing in computing, and the Next Big Thing in attacks could be a new breed of economic denial-of-service attacks intended to use up resources and drive up the cost of cloud computing, warns a senior security researcher at Adobe Systems.

“DOS is the next battleground,” Bryan Sullivan said Wednesday at the Black Hat Federal conference being held in Arlington, Va. “That’s where the future is going.”

Efficiency drive will grow government outsourcing and cloud usage, says Ovum

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Anh Nguyen.

Government IT will be more open to outsourcing and cloud computing technologies in 2011 as departments work to drive efficiencies, according to analyst house Ovum.

In response to the Comprehensive Spending Review budget cuts, and in an effort to streamline processes, Ovum said that government agencies will be more willing to consider consumption-based and shared delivery models over the next 12 months.

NASA Tech Gets Open Source Apache Blessing

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Some open source tech is literally, out of this world.

Taxpayers Demand CRM

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Since slashes to funding, governments big and small have been concentrating on making their citizens (or customers) more self-reliant. Without the resources to efficiently tackle every taxpayer dispute, government has concentrated on beefing up self-service options.

FTC's 'Do Not Track' Could Doom Web Marketing

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

On December 1, the Federal Trade Commission issued a preliminary report on new standards for Internet privacy. A central element of the proposed new standards is a "Do Not Track" list that will allow individuals to opt out of having their online behavior and personal information used by individuals and companies other than the ones that own the Websites they are surfing.

NASA wants its data in open source cloud

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Patrick Thibodeau.

NASA is backing open-source cloud computing with a single goal in mind: to stick to space exploration and stop running data centres.

Chris Kemp, NASA's chief technology officer, said the agency's long-term plan is to move internal IT resources to external clouds over the next 10 to 20 years.

Government Bodies Embrace Cloud Computing

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: Drew Robb.

Ed Bugnion, CTO for the Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit at Cisco, certainly got it right when he predicted that the adoption of cloud computing within the enterprise could well be led by the government and not the corporate sector.

"Complex, process-driven environments like government have been used to inflexible IT infrastructures," he said. "The cloud's flexibility is so appealing that it will drive the creation of a private government cloud."

That statement was made a year ago at EMC World. Today, many government entities are leading the way in cloud adoption.

5 ways to ease desktop PC-induced pain

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: John Moore.

It didn’t take long after the desktop PC earned a regular seat at the enterprise technology table in the early 1990s for agency managers to realize that PCs can be a real drag. Buying, managing, backing up, fixing and securing PCs are expensive, time-consuming tasks that spawn a seemingly never-ending ordeal.

The problem must be tougher than they thought because they’re still trying to fix it. Here is a rundown of what has been working, what hasn’t and what might work in the future.

5 agency-tested desktop fixes

Fix #1: Desktop Outsourcing

FBI Threatens to Sue Wikipedia over Seal Use

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Clint Boulton.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked the Wikimedia Foundation to take down an image of the FBI seal from its popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia because it violates a U.S. law.

An attorney for the Wikimedia told the FBI it's reading of the law was "idiosyncratic" and "incorrect" and vowed to fight for the right to use the seal in court.

This Web page describing the FBI seal does clearly state that "unauthorized use of the FBI seal is subject to prosecution under federal criminal law."

Use of the seal is permitted only by the FBI director.