More than five years ago, Dawn Leaf lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology's work to write a cloud computing roadmap for the federal government. Since that time, there's been no shortage of additional resources for departments to rely on as they move systems to the cloud, but as Labor Department chief information officer, Leaf sees an important element missing.
The Air Force announced GPS' full operational capability two decades ago. On July 17, 1995, the service had 24 satellites in orbit, providing global 24-hour coverage.
"Vastly, what we're seeing across the government is the realization that they've had a chance to input into those baselines – and it is a lot of controls, I won't deny that either – but you are actually going through and doing all of those controls versus agencies haven't been going through and doing those controls themselves," said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP director.
What began as an effort to improve governance and assess the security risk of the Federal Communications Commission's information technology systems quickly became an opportunity to consolidate and reduce costs through IT modernization.
The General Services Administration has been making gains with its governmentwide acquisition contract, or GWAC, program according to a new report.
The Chertoff Group paper discusses the difficulty for law enforcement agencies to obtain data that is often collected, stored and processed through shared computing services, or cloud computing, in foreign jurisdictions.
Despite the General Services Administration's efforts to provide agencies with tools that support the acquisition of cloud computing technologies, there's a growing demand for neutral facilitators, or "cloud brokers," to walk agencies through the selection of a cloud vendor.
Nearly half the respondents said the U.S. government is seeing little to no return on such security investments, while 17 percent said their organization's security posture is even worse – which is 5 percent higher than what respondents said in a 2013 survey.
While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."
Federal chief information officers have similar worries to businesses when it comes to the impact their legacy networks have on adapting new, innovative technologies that improve service and lower costs, according to a Brocade Communications executive whose company released a global survey today about infrastructure issues.