A paper co-authored by a former government executive who occupied the position now known as the federal chief information officer recommends greater integration of cybersecurity efforts with federal cloud adoption.
Although light on specifics, as federal strategic plans typically are, the new plan calls for organizations involved in monitoring the maritime domain to transition from "organization-centric databases to web-centric enterprise services that retrieve data from multiple sources (e.g. clouds, databases)."
The Homeland Security Department is using a new method to pay for cloud services--put money onto a contract with a variety of line items and allow an as-needed drawdown of the funds, said Keith Trippie, executive director for enterprise system development within the DHS office of the chief information officer.
"It all boils down to one thing. Do the cloud providers have skin in the game?" Jeff Eisensmith said at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C. Eisensmith said a requirement to buy insurance for everyone whose personally identifiable information is lost can be the basis for security in a service level agreement.
The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.
IBM has dropped its legal case against the CIA's award of a cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services, with Court of Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler granting on Oct. 29 the company's motion to withdraw an earlier motion to stay his ruling that the CIA didn't misevaluate bid proposals.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Federal adoption of commercial cloud computing complicates efforts to secure network perimeters because "neither agencies nor their cloud service providers understand...
The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange will reduce the complexity of credentialing, speed up integration with identity providers, improve consumer privacy and ease of use, and cut agency authentication costs, said Douglas Glair, manager of digital partnerships and alliances at the Postal Service, during a recent presentation. The FCCX will serve as a single broker to authenticate consumers, so end-users won't have to obtain a new credential each time they interact with an agency application, he added.
This summer, MITRE unveiled the Secure Virtual Mobile Platform, an open-source, thin-client security solution for smartphones and tablets. Behind SVMP lies a virtualized Android operating system--it looks just like a normal mobile operating system from a hand-held device but it can run on an agency's existing cloud or data center systems.
Total known and unclassified federal information technology spending will hover around $70 billion annually through fiscal 2019 when measured in today's dollars, predicts the TechAmerica Foundation in its annual near-term forecast. The real-dollar stagnation in IT spending predicted by the foundation will disrupt agency attempts at IT transformation, said Trey Hodgkins, head of TechAmerica's global public sector government affairs policy team.