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.

Takai lays out DOD’s mobility, cloud forecast

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today said industry collaboration will be crucial to the department’s cloud and mobility strategy.

Cloud pioneer bids goodbye to government

When the General Services Administration needed to find a chief of staff for then-Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman in 2007, it looked like finding the right person for the job was going to be a difficult, lengthy process. That is, until Katie Lewin walked through the door.

Industry, gov officials make sense of cloud and mobility connection

As cloud computing use increases, so do organizations’ interest in accessing that technology from as many mobile devices as possible.

Box taps Chopra, Tullman for growing health care business

Cloud storage firm Box Inc. on Monday announced the addition of Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. chief technology officer, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of electronic health record pioneer Allscripts, as special advisers to the company’s growing health care practice.

Red Hat Linux system goes to AWS GovCloud

Red Hat announced this week it will deploy its Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform in the Amazon Web Services GovCloud (US).

IAI’s Al Weisner on mobile driving biggest change in government

Al Weisner, senior vice president at IAI, chats with FedScoopTV about how mobile as a tech trend is driving the biggest change in government.

DOD offers mobile, cloud, open source reality check

Most Defense Department employees have learned to do without mobile computing, and at the same time, they are learning tough lessons about the realities surrounding cloud computing and open source software.

Big data crucial to giving government efficiency boost

Big data and analytics are the key to finding savings within agencies, improving public programs and providing services to citizens, according to experts at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Bethesda’s Big Data Technology Symposium held Jan. 14.

Data sharing still major challenge in government

Policy has gotten in the way of innovation. At least that’s what Paul Brubaker, director of planning and performance management in the Office of the Chief Management Office at the Defense Department, believes government has let happen.

FedWire: Antarctic flight, buying clouds and more Iron Man

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to

Can digital data last forever?

Two hundred some years after its discovery, the Rosetta Stone still holds the marks inscribed into it and is an important piece of data that traversed military coups, natural disasters and ruthless conquers. Which begs the questions: What will happen to our data today in 2,000 years or even 100 years? Can data last… forever?

Challenges in the cloud

Gunnar Hellekson, chief technologist at Red Hat U.S. public sector, and Dave Egts, chief technologist at Red Hat U.S. public sector, discuss challenges in the cloud.

How does PaaS differ from IaaS?

Gunnar Hellekson, chief technologist at Red Hat U.S. public sector, and Dave Egts, chief technologist at Red Hat U.S. public sector, discuss how PaaS differs from IaaS.

DOD moves more email accounts to cloud

More than 12,000 email accounts have been migrated to the DOD Enterprise Email, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s private, cloud-based email system.

Guest column: 5 data protection considerations for government agencies

How do we protect ever-growing tide of data, particularly in government settings where data protection is a priority? Jarrett Potts, director of strategic marketing for STORServer, lays out five key items for consideration as governments move forward with data protection plans for 2014.

Army taps Microsoft for 50,000 Office 365 seats in the cloud

The U.S. Army has awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement to Microsoft and Dell for 50,000 seats of Office 365 and Cloud Services, including email and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified communications capabilities such as Microsoft Lync, and Sharepoint collaboration tools.

Identity management continues move toward the cloud

Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced a series of feature enhancements and European availability for its cloud-based Universal Identity Services, as the march toward a single, trusted and universal identity for citizens and government employees continues.

Infrastructure providers: The new SaaS champions for FedRAMP?

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP, is designed to standardize security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. But it is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking for even the largest companies, which might explain why to date only seven cloud infrastructure providers have been granted provisional authority to operate governmentwide.

Public sector IT professionals, CFOs share budget challenges

Recent surveys by the Association of Government Accountants and Solarwinds found technology mixed with budget constraints top chief financial officers and IT professionals’ list of concerns.

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