NIST guide tackles security challenges of public cloud computing

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: William Jackson.

Cloud computing is an increasingly popular but evolving paradigm that presents challenges to security along with its promises of greater efficiency and flexibility. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has proposed guidelines for addressing these challenges, together with a concise definition of cloud computing.


NASA takes its Shared Services Center website to the cloud

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Rutrell Yasin.

NASA has put its Shared Services Center website into a secure government cloud to reduce call center inquiries and improve operational efficiencies.

NSSC is running live within RightNow Technologies’ Secure Government Cloud, which meets Federal Information Security Management Act and National Institute of Standards and Technology moderate security compliance levels, according to RightNow officials.

NASA Shared Services Center, located at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi, offers financial management, human resources, information technology and procurement services to NASA and its centers.

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.