Common Threats To Cloud Computing The core agencies of the US government have a central plan, Cloud First, which aims to shift the majority of their operations to the cloud. Before the plan can be implemented, it must go through a process of evaluation by the agencies concerned. In December 2010, a Cloud First policy was released by the Office Of Management and Budget so that federal agencies could implement the shift to cloud computing services if such agencies could find a cost-effective, reliable, and secure cloud computing service. The target was to move three of the core agencies’ technology
How Are Canadians Affected By The USA Patriot Act And Cloud Computing? Whether Canadians like it or not, they are affected by the US Patriot Act. While some of the previous issues have been settled already, some new issues are already popping up – issues with cloud computing. The US Patriot Act, otherwise known as the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, was passed after the World Trade Center attack in September 2011. The law provided a way for US law enforcement agencies to seize business records and block electronic communications.
Google Wins One Battle, Microsoft Wins Another, But The War Continues… On an article published more than a year ago on January 7, 2011, I had written “Microsoft and Google have never been the best of friends, and this mutual dislike has extended to their ventures in the cloud computing space as well. Both these technology behemoths fully realize the immense potential of cloud computing and have been intensely competitive in trying to get one up on the other…..” The article dealt with Google’s lawsuit challenging the US Department of Interior’s adoption of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, later renamed
Cloud India: The Litmus Test Lap up your plate of lamb vindaloo, wrap up your daydream of spartan ashram living, scroll past the Bollywood-lite selections on Netflix (“Slumdog,” “Bend It Like Beckham”), and you will locate a culture whose viewpoint on innovation rivals America’s values of commerce and democracy. In India, every new technology must pass a litmus test of both usefulness and affordability. Cloud computing beautifully fits this bill. Allowing businesses to sidestep the need to establish a standalone IT infrastructure and employees, cloud is quickly becoming the ingredient of choice with which Indian professionals spice their ventures. Both
Cloud Helps Europe’s Small Biz Smash the Economy The tribulation of the European economy has sunk dramatically enough to warrant the front page of even American financial headlines. Yet in the face of such widespread woe has arisen a new population of pliable SMEs, or small- or medium-sized enterprises, throughout the continent. Cloud computing has reinvigorated the SME set, particularly those with a small staff, with its simplicity of use, speedy implementation, and a cost-effective scalability that makes traditional server solutions seem arthritic and old hat. Cloud is also reducing their costs of operation by an attractive range — by
The Impact Of Google’s ISO 27001 On Business Google has recently acquired an ISO 27001 security certification. This certification is provided by an independent body to companies that pass various security requirements. For a company to obtain the ISO 27001 certification, it must agree to be examined by an internationally recognized, independent body for information security risks. The body will check the company for threats, impacts, or vulnerabilities. Aside from examining information security risks, the body will also examine the company for information security controls. Such controls must be in place, together with fully functioning risk management measures. The methods
Africa: Cloud Computing’s Secret Weapon Cloud computing’s best opportunity for unparalleled progress and worldwide relevance lies in how deeply and effectively it penetrates the African information technology community. Point blank. Why is this so? Simply because the massive continent remains in the dark ages of technology of all sorts, a condition which has fostered as many difficulties in thwarting this lack of progress as it has defined Africa as a potential gold mine for the cloud computing set. Reconnaissance of Africa’s technologically stunted growth provides vital context. As the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania concludes, “Africa seems