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Cloud Computing News

GSA considering a broker approach for the cloud

The General Services Administration focuses on the potential of a broker to negotiate between providers and consumers regarding cloud computing services in its Request for Information, released Tuesday. While today's RFI includes a variety of specific questions, GSA also remains open to other types of suggestion from industry.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 08:32pm EDT

DoD releases cloud computing strategy

The Defense Department has released its first strategy for cloud computing. The plan calls for a departmentwide cloud architecture, but it will be delivered by multiple cloud providers. The Defense Information Systems Agency will serve as DoD's cloud broker. It'll be in charge of continuing to develop DoD's private cloud, but coordinate the delivery of cloud services provided by commercial companies. DoD also plans to lean heavily on the new FedRAMP program, the federal government's new process for certifying that commercial cloud products are secure.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 12:23pm EDT

7 agencies make progress on implementing 'cloud first,' GAO says

The Government Accountability Office assessed the performance of seven federal agencies in migrating some of their services to the cloud as required by the Office of Management and Budget. Five of the seven agencies succeeded in meeting OMB's requirements and the other two are expected to be compliant by year's end.

Friday - 07/13/2012, 06:42am EDT

New strategy establishes DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment

The Defense Department has laid out an ambitious cloud computing strategy that includes building up and transitioning to an DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment as well leveraging a broad range of commercial services. DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai released the four-step strategy Wednesday. The strategy includes steps for winnowing down the number of data centers to a few "core" elements as well as phasing out dedicated infrastructures in favor of shareable, virtualized ones.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 09:58pm EDT

EPA wants to move mostly to the cloud by 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to move most of its IT enterprise to a cloud environment. The EPA's national computing center is in the process of building a secure hybrid cloud, and it's just awarded a three-year, $15 million contract to build hosting and virtualization services. The award was made under the General Services Administration's Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreement. EPA wants to move 80 percent of its computing environment to the cloud by 2015.

Friday - 07/06/2012, 01:42pm EDT

Cloud computing and security

Ted Davis, president of Unisys Federal Systems, will talk about how his company can help your transition to the cloud.
July 3, 2012

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 12:05am EDT
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DHS hones dynamic approach to securing agency computer networks

Homeland Security releases policy and guidance on how departments and vendors will implement continuous monitoring and get away from static reports on the cyber health of their systems. DHS is hoping Congress approves a $200 million funding request to buy five different commercial cyber tools, a dashboard and a security data warehouse in 2013.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Stopping Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

T.K. Keaninni, chief technology officer for nCircle joins host John Gilroy to talk about how his company can help your agency with its network security issues.
June 26, 2012

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 11:08pm EDT
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DHS cites cloud gains

The Department of Homeland Security says it now has 12 separate cloud services available for use in federal agencies, and all but one of them have received full federal security certification. Examples include DHS's Sharepoint-as-a-service offering, which already supports about 30,000 users in a public cloud setting. And more than 11,000 people are using the department's email-as-a-service in the DHS private cloud. 70 percent of the department's websites have moved to the DHS public cloud, and 100 applications are using a shared, cloud based identity management system.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 12:09pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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Cyber attack among top 5 priorities of D.C. homeland security chief

The District's new homeland security chief said he was worried about terrorist attacks and weather emergencies like snowmaggedon. But Christopher Geldart said preventing a cyber attack is one of his top five priorities.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 08:19am EDT

IT security

Gordon Gillerman and Matt Scholl of NIST discuss standards, certification and accreditation with host John Gilroy.
June 19, 2012(Encore presentation December 25, 2012)

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 09:51pm EDT
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FAA to move to cloud for email, collaboration

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed a deal to move 60,000 of its employees to the cloud. The contract will also support 20,000 workers at the Department of Transportation. The seven-year, $91 million agreement will migrate the FAA to a cloud system using Microsoft's Office 365 software as a service suite for email, collaboration, calendaring and other online productivity apps. For its implementation, FAA settled on a private cloud model. The Agriculture Department began moving its employees to the same Microsoft platform last year.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 01:01pm EDT

NSA chief: Cybersecurity data could be shared through cloud

Gen. Keith Alexander, who runs the National Security Agency, endorsed the idea of using a cloud computing facility to share cybersecurity information with the private sector.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 09:27am EDT

VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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FedRAMP begins review process of vendors' cybersecurity in the cloud

The program launches initial operating capability today. GSA expects the first set of provisionally approved cloud service providers to be ready in December. In the meantime, agencies are holding vendors accountable for coming very close to FedRAMP standards.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 05:32am EDT
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Virtual desktop key piece to NASA Goddard's future in cloud, mobile

CIO Adrian Gardner said he will pilot the technology this summer. VDI also will help with foreign nationals who need access to some of the space agency's data for collaborative projects. Gardner said the Innovations program is looking other leading-edge software.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Army network upgrades set roadmap for smaller, agile force

CIO Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence said better systems at posts, camps and stations will let soldiers train on the same equipment as they use in the field. The move to the cloud, data center consolidation and enterprise email are pushing the Army toward a data-centric approach.
May 31, 2012

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 10:34pm EDT
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Q&A with U.S. CTO Todd Park

Todd Park, chief technology officer of the United States, will talk about Datapalooza, and solutions to federal healthcare IT problems.
May 29, 2012

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 12:05am EDT
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Telework and Cloud Communications

Siemens Enterprise Communications Director of Federal Sales Russell Brodsky will talk about telework and collaboration is changing at your agency.
May 28, 2012

Monday - 05/28/2012, 11:33pm EDT
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