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2:33 pm, December 18, 2014

Cloud Computing News

SEC employees harness big data, cloud to open up savings and new possibilities

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day, but it took the agency weeks and months and analyze them. The SEC quietly found a way to speed up that process and save about $3 million at the same time. In part four of our special report, ,Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in millions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:46am EDT
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Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
August 12, 2014

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:27pm EDT
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FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Bajinder Paul, the Federal Trade Commission CIO, said a new modernization roadmap will bring operational capabilities to employees, aggregate policies and major acquisition initiatives across the agency and, most importantly, create a path for innovation.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 09:07am EDT
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DSI hosting Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit

The Defense Strategies Institute will host its Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit in a little over a month. The summit will run on September 23rd and 24th at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Defense Strategies Institute will offer training and educational seminars in a Town Hall format. DSI says federal agency leaders and innovators in cloud computing will join Industry experts for interactive speeches and debates. The overall focus of the summit is acquiring and securing cloud technology for civilian federal agencies and the DoD. DSI says it will also take a deep dive into IT modernization plans, data center consolidations, and IT infrastructure diversification. You can still register to attend the summit and active duty military and government employees can attend for free.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 10:58am EDT

EPA unsure on cloud contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the dark with its cloud contracts. EPA's Inspector General says the agency doesn't know how many cloud contracts it has, nor how secure they are. For an investigation, the IG chose a contract that met the definition of a cloud system. But the EPA didn't report it as a cloud contract because it didn't have "cloud" in the description. The agency's also using a sub-contractor that's not compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The IG says the company might not have the capability to access its cloud system hardware so the office can investigate. The EPA didn't even know it was buying a cloud system at the very start of the contracting process. The IG says the agency wasn't aware cloud computing was part of the system it was procuring.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 10:45am EDT

Copy data management

Ash Ashutosh, CEO of Actifio, will discuss how his company can help your agency reduce the size and cost of its data center.
July 29, 2014

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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Special cloud category for GSA's IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration will add a special cloud category to its IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. GSA wants to consolidate the contract's cloud options under a specific special item number. Right now the agency lists the cloud options under a variety of different numbers, so agencies browsing the system can't find them all in one place. GSA says the new approach will help small agencies in particular. The cloud-specific number will have its own subcategories of cloud-specific services, too. GSA wants industry recommendations on how to do it: a request for information is out on how best to differentiate the types of cloud services Schedule 70 includes. The deadline for the cloud industry to respond to GSA's request for information is August 6th. You can find the RFI on Fed Biz Opps.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:40am EDT

Containers: A new variation on virtualization

Chris Carlson, CEO of Retriever Consulting, discusses the benefits of a new aspect of virtualization called containers.
July 15, 2014

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:55pm EDT
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All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
July 14, 2014

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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GSA wants to add cloud category to IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration announced Wednesday it's seeking to roll out a new category especially for cloud services under its massive IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. Maynard Crum, acting director of the Office of Strategic Programs in GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services, announced the agency's pursuit of a new special-item number for cloud or cloud SIN during a panel discussion at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 03:16pm EDT

What's new at Microsoft?

Susie Adams, the chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal, joins host John Gilroy to discuss some new offerings from Microsoft and what they mean for federal IT professionals.
July 8, 2014

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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Refining the user experience

Doug Brashear, associate director, UX, at HZDG, will discuss what you can do to make your website more user friendly.
July 1, 2014

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 09:21pm EDT
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One woman's success inside the Intelligence Community

Jill Singer, partner at Deep Water Point and former CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office, sits down with Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, for a discussion about cloud computing and insider threats.

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 09:15am EDT

Cloud from the big company perspective

Scott Gaydos, chief technologist, Federal Healthcare, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services, discusses how his company can help your agency with its cloud initiatives.
June 24, 2014

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 08:50pm EDT
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Cloud forecast means changes for federal IT workers

As government agencies migrate to cloud computing and other new technologies, the information technology workforce requirements are changing.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:46pm EDT

DoD's own testing of cloud security standards

The Defense Department's testing its own version of cybersecurity standards for cloud systems. The Defense Information Systems Agency is working with all the military branches to find a cybersecurity program that protects the cloud with Level-3 security requirements. DISA's enterprise cloud broker is conducting the software tests. DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the chief information officer's office,Kevin Delaney, isn't sure when the tests will be over. He says the development needs to run incrementally so each level of security controls are working right. The tests are coinciding with the deadline for agency cloud systems to earn security certification through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. Right now FedRAMP offers cloud certification for low to moderate security levels.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 10:31am EDT

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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FedRAMP's new cloud security guidance

New cloud security guidance is out from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management program, or FedRAMP. It includes new security controls and templates for agencies and cloud service providers to implement the new controls. The updates came a day after the deadline for agencies to earn FedRAMP certification for their cloud systems. The updates reflect changes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Special Publication 800-53. FedRAMP program manager Matt Goodrich says the latest update is the largest release of new FedRAMP information since the General Services Administration unveiled the whole concept two years ago. Right now federal agencies have 16 different FedRAMP-certified cloud options. Goodrich says those 16 options are already in place in 160 locations across the federal government.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 10:25am EDT

MicroPact helps EEOC hit the trifecta: cloud, open source, reduced costs

EEOC CIO Kimberly Hancher and Mike Cerniglia from MicroPact discuss how cloud computing, and open sourcing reduced her agency's IT costs.
June 10, 2014

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:56pm EDT
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The majority of federal CIOs have migrated to cloud computing

Almost 90 percent of federal chief information officers say their agency has migrated to cloud computing in some way. That's according to a TechAmerica survey of about 60 federal CIOs and federal information technology professionals from 32 different agencies. More than one third of the respondents say they've already migrated their e-mail services, and about one in five have a cloud-based website or webpage service. One of the responding agencies expects to save more than $10 million a year from switching its enterprise e-mail system to the cloud. Federal systems are split in half between using private cloud providers and public cloud providers. Many CIOs are interested in expanding their cloud systems want to add new collaboration tools and a way to test new environments for their agencies.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:47am EDT
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