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Cloud Computing

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Latest Headlines

Two Democratic Senators request more info from Apple, Home Depot about data breach incidents

In each letter, the senators- Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)-- said that they've been "advocates for data security and breach notification legislation that would better protect consumers and improve corporate responsibility." They added that the incidents at Apple and Home Depot reflect the need for such a law.

Audit: USPS isn't complying with cloud computing standards

An internal investigation found that the U.S. Postal Service's cloud computing contracts did not comply with all of the agency's standards.

Survey: Majority of government CIOs say they don't have sufficient IT resources

A recent survey found that 62 percent of government chief information officers said they don't have sufficient resources to do their jobs effectively.

NSF greenlights 'Chameleon' and 'CloudLab' for innovative cloud computing research

The National Science Foundation said it's funding academic research to develop and experiment with innovative cloud computing architectures. It announced Aug. 20 two $10 million projects to create cloud testbeds- one called "Chameleon" and the other, "CloudLab."

EPA watchdog: Agency's cloud oversight faulty, resulting in $2.3M wasted spending

In its Aug. 15 report, the EPA inspector general said the agency's poor oversight of its cloud projects led to missed opportunities for savings. Agency management also doesn't have a "reasonable assurance" that the initiatives will be effective and efficient because adequate policies and procedures weren't developed.

NSF announces two new academic-based cybersecurity research grants

The National Science Foundation recently announced funding for two teams of university researchers who will work on new approaches to enhance cybersecurity for information systems as weell as provide education and training around the issue.

Senate legislation seeks to put safeguards on student educational records

A bipartisan Senate bill seeks to protect student educational records by limiting how that information is shared with private companies. The Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced on July 30 by Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requires that data security safeguards be put in place for sensitive student data held by private firms.

IG: EPA's Water Office did not have proper oversight of cloud computing activities

The report noted that the agency did not know when its offices were using cloud computing capabilities nor could the EPA provide evidence that it could access contractor's cloud networks for auditing and investigative purposes.

FBI seeks information about cloud services to store criminal justice data

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

DEA canvasses industry for cloud options to store sensitive crime data

The Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to make its first tentative steps into the federal cloud computing arena as it seeks a solution to store sensitive crime data.