City governments tackling problems with tailored CityNext services

Technocrat talks to Laura Ipsen, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the worldwide public sector, about how the company is helping city governments tackle unique problems with tailored Microsoft CityNext services.

NIST investigates forensic challenges in the cloud

With complications performing forensics in the cloud in mind, the National Institute for Standards and Technology created a cloud computing forensic science working group to enumerate and explore the challenges distinct to the cloud. Monday, NIST released a draft of the challenges discovered by the working group for public consideration. While the draft briefly explores 65 issues NIST’s group found, working group co-chair Dr. Martin Herman, a senior advisor for Forensics and IT at NIST, said the list is in no way exhaustive — just a first look at a very big problem.

Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus on the government cloud forecast

Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s path to government

Amir Capriles, the general manager of U.S. public sector for Microsoft Dynamics, joined FedScoop to discuss the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for government. In the interview, Capriles talks about why Microsoft decided to bring its CRM platform to the public sector space and the impact it can have on the federal, state and local governments.

The future looks ‘foggy’ for cloud computing

You should familiarize yourself with “fog computing,” “cloudlets” and “cyberforaging.” The future of the cloud is coming.

Microsoft’s government cloud gets closer to release

With the momentum of a few key new features, Microsoft’s Azure government cloud is a step closer to becoming a reality.

GSA wants to make tracking cloud trends easier

An RFI geared toward cloud vendors could eventually lead to the GSA being able to track cloud-buying trends across federal agencies.

State Department awards cloud-based video collaboration contract

The State Department is moving some of its video collaboration service to the cloud.

Cloud-based services emerge as potential platforms for cyber attacks

Research from Trend Micro, a security solutions company, has found that Dropbox was recently targeted by cyber criminals for command-and-control purposes. The discovery was explained in a blog post last week by the company.

TechTake: A conversation with Amazon Web Services’ Teresa Carlson

FedScoop spoke with Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public sector during Amazon’s two-day symposium in Washington, D.C.

Inside DIA’s big data innovation efforts

All eyes may be on the CIA’s high-profile cloud computing contract with Amazon, but a quiet revolution in big data analytics and process re-engineering is taking place at the Defense Intelligence Agency that may have a bigger impact on the intelligence community’s planned common computing environment.

Will FITARA help agencies embrace the cloud?

Even as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act makes its way to the Senate floor, experts are split on whether or not the bill goes far enough and if legislation is needed at all to fix government’s IT acquisition problems.

NGA tackles climate change risks with advanced computing

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency this week awarded a $20 million contract to Arizona State University to study the risks climate change poses to national security. The so-called Foresight Initiative, announced June 18, will leverage the university’s advanced computing and modeling capabilities to study the impact that climate change could have on critical natural resources, such as water, food and energy.

VMware’s Jad El-Zein on cloud in the government

Jad El-Zein, public sector cloud specialist at VMware, discusses with FedScoopTV the most popular uses for cloud technology in federal government.

TechAmerica releases updated cloud buying guide

TechAmerica’s first cloud buyer’s guide for federal agencies, released just three years ago, is already obsolete.

VMware’s Doug Bourgeois on cloud trends in government

Doug Bourgeois, vice president of U.S. public sector end user computing for VMware, discusses with FedScoopTV cloud trends and management in both government and industry.

Survey explores impact of complexity on the future of public sector IT

Computer virtualization, mobility and cloud computing make up nearly 56 percent of what public sector IT professionals said have had the most significant impacts on agencies within the last three to five years, a new survey by SolarWinds found. The survey asked 148 members of the public sector a variety of questions from how increased access to different computing platforms and infrastructure has affected IT to how an agency can remain competitive in the foreseeable future. “Public sector networks are growing more complex by the day,” Chris LaPoint, SolarWinds’ vice president of product management, said in an email to FedScoop. “IT admins…

Government cloud spending tops predictions

Federal spending on cloud technology is continuing to increase, more so than perhaps the government expected. Although investment in cloud is anticipated to see a continuous upward trend, the Office of Management and Budget is yet again predicting no cloud growth in the coming year.

Dave McClure to leave GSA

David McClure, associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, is leaving government.

How US surveillance efforts spiked interest in overseas cloud providers

PRISM, the name of the clandestine program, set off a firestorm in governments near and far. It has also brought a flood of competitors to the IT sector. These include a slew of non-U.S. companies offering customers cloud storage options that are alternatives to Dropbox and other services from this country. Their pitch tends to be that choosing them removes worries about what data NSA is collecting and not collecting entirely out of the equation and that their packages are less intrusive and more secure.

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