Surveillance by the National Security Agency is costing the United States in terms of direct costs to American taxpayers to run the programs, costs to the American Internet industry, costs to foreign relations work and costs to Internet security, said Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and chief executive of the New America Foundation. But pegging a dollar value on it is a difficult exercise, said panelists during a Feb. 25 event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.
The Air Force headquarters has transitioned its unclassified email accounts to the Defense Department's cloud-based email system, DoD Enterprise Email.
A public sector cloud computing association says court filings made by Google in its defense against a lawsuit filed over email keyword-targeted advertising show the search engine giant data mining educational users for as targeting purposes.
Suspending the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework would have major repercussions – not just for trade, but for the nature of the Internet, said Francois Rivasseau, deputy head of the EU Delegation to the United States.
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.
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 executive branch of the European Union in November released a report criticizing implementation of the framework, which allows American companies to attest they meet the union's data protection requirements and so legally process Europeans' data.
The extent to which governments can compel digital and telecommunication services providers to hand over data has become the source of renewed controversy since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of classified documents to media outlets earlier this year.
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.