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Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Can Developers Benefit from Regulatory Compliance? Effectively SMBs and government programs must address compounded regulatory compliance requirements. The most recent are Controlled Unclassified Information and the EU's GDPR have Board Level implications. Managing sensitive data protection will likely result in acquisition criteria, demonstration requests and new requirements. Developers, as part of the pre-planning process and the associated supply chain, could benefit from updating their code libraries and design by incorporating changes. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In her session at 19th Cloud Expo, Maria C. Horton, Founder and CEO of EmeSec Incorporated, discussed how addressing the new liabilities of Sensitive Data Tracking for GDPR and CUI via code design can reap huge benefits for organizations and f... (more)

NATO ACT 'Art of the Possible' Interoperability Demonstration

NATO ACT 'Art of the Possible' Interoperability Demonstration GovCloud Network is proud to have served as the Program Manager for the NATO Allied Command Transformation, "Art of the Possible" Interoperability Demonstration on December 16, 2016. supporting the The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), this effort featured an important demonstration for military, government and business leaders by its member-companies to underscore the benefits of collaborating via an interoperable network environment. The demonstration used a secure, federated-cloud infrastructure to highlight the consortium's work over the past few years in how to develop a trusted environment, including governance processes and federation management as well as interoperability verification. This demonstration itself is an outgrowth of  the NCOIC Interoperability Verification (IV)... (more)

[slides] Government Cloud | @CloudExpo @Govplace #IoT #FedRAMP #ITIL

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Government Cloud Enablement: A Federated Model While many government agencies have embraced the idea of employing cloud computing as a tool for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of IT, many still struggle with large scale adoption. The challenge is mainly attributed to the federated structure of these agencies as well as the immaturity of brokerage and governance tools and models. Initiatives like FedRAMP are a great first step toward solving many of these challenges but there are a lot of unknowns that are yet to be tackled. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Majed Saadi, Chief Technology Officer at Govplace, focused on providing a quick update about the state of the cloud in the federal government with an emphasis on current trends and drivers. He also introduced a new ... (more)

When Cloud and Cognitive Computing Merge | @CloudExpo #ML #Cloud #CognitiveComputing

Cognitive Business: When Cloud and Cognitive Computing Merge Cloud computing has taken over the business world! With almost maniacal focus, single proprietors and Board Directors of the world's largest conglomerates see this new model as a "must do". This rapid shift is, in fact, accelerating. As Jeff Bertolucci observes in "The Shift to Cloud Services Is Happening Faster Than Expected": "According to the sixth annual Uptime Institute Data Center Industry Survey, which examines the big-picture trends shaping IT infrastructure delivery and strategy, the move to cloud services is accelerating. The Uptime Institute's February 2016 poll of more than 1,000 data center and IT professionals predicts that an even faster shift to the cloud will occur over the next four years, reports ZDNet." Figure 1: ComputerWins on ‘Jeopardy!': Trivial, It's Not Another maybe even more im... (more)

What Is Your 2017 Business Strategy? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

End of year predictions in December are as predictable as tomorrow's sunrise, but a recent video on 2017 Technology Trends helped me really understand how important a digital transformation strategy is to just about any business executive. The CSC Town Hall conversation actually identified some of the specific tasks that today's corporate executive really need to address in the coming year. To enhance your opportunity for 2017 business success, your action item list should include: Reconfiguring both corporate front and back office operations for digital execution which is expected to reshape organizational structures, employee compensation models and every business' partner community; Preparing for intelligent machines advisory services to the enterprise that will drastically increase productivity and business competition; Leveraging the industrial internet, aka t... (more)

[slides] Compliance in the Cloud | @CloudExpo @IBMcloud #InfoSec #FedRAMP

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Regulatory Compliance in the Cloud Regulatory requirements exist to promote the controlled sharing of information, while protecting the privacy and/or security of the information. Regulations for each type of information have their own set of rules, policies, and guidelines. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) are faced with increasing demand for services at decreasing prices. Demonstrating and maintaining compliance with regulations is a nontrivial task and doing so against numerous sets of regulatory requirements can be daunting task. CSPs need a foundation that provides a uniform, non-repetitive view across all the requirements. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Jenkins, an Executive Architect at IBM working in the Office of the US Federal CTO, discussed an approach that can... (more)

For Top Cyber Threats, Look in the Mirror | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Analytics #Cybersecurity

A recent report by Praetorian, a cybersecurity company headquartered in Austin, TX, focused on threats that resulted in data compromise or access to sensitive information. Based on a review of 100 separate internal penetration test engagements the study identified the five most prevalent threats to corporate data.  The amazing thing about these weaknesses is that the top four are all based on utilizing stolen credentials and the last one helps an attacker be more effective in using those stolen credentials.  In other words, the enemy is right there in the mirror!  The study spanned 75 unique organizations and only focused on security weaknesses that were used to obtain a full network compromise. Where are your pain points? The most prevalent threat is something we've all heard of before - Weak Domain User Passwords. Since most corporate environments use Microsoft's... (more)

Proven Protection Against Cloud Horror Stories | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

Vendor Neutral Training: Proven Protection Against Cloud Horror Stories Cloud computing is now entering adolescent. With all the early adopters now swimming in the cloud pool with that “I told you so” smug, fast followers are just barely beating the early majority. The gold rush to cloud is also driving the IT herd to get cloud computing training. Training vendors from multi-billion dollar behemoths to little Mom and Pop shops are ready to cash in with fast and easy, vendor-specific certifications for just about any cloud service provider. Although at first glance, all is well with this vision, the industry’s adolescent hubris has started to show some troubling warning signs. The source of the trouble, however, is not with the Cloud Service Provider (CSP). The problems are actually caused by the CSP customers themselves! Driven by an almost reflexive assumption that ... (more)

[session] #FedRAMP Accelerated | @CloudExpo @CoalfireSys #Cybersecurity

FedRAMP Accelerated and the New High Standards In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Nick Son, Vice President of Cyber Risk & Public Sector at Coalfire, will discuss the latest information on the FedRAMP Program. Topics will cover: FedRAMP Readiness Assessment Report (RAR). This new process is designed to streamline and accelerate the FedRAMP process from the traditional timeline by initially focusing on technical capability instead of documentation preparedness. FedRAMP for High-impact level systems. Early in 2016 FedRAMP officially published requirements for CSPs that want to pursue FedRAMP High authorization. Department of Defense Security Requirements Guide (DOD SRG) Impact Level 6. CSPs can leverage their work in pursuing a FedRAMP-Moderate authorization, and with a little more effort attain certification for DoD authorization. Speaker Bio Nick Son is VP of Cyber... (more)

Government Can Influence Cloud Interoperability | @CloudExpo #API #SaaS #Cloud #FedRAMP

The next BriefingsDirect thought leadership panel discussion explores how public-sector organizations can gain economic benefits from cloud interoperability and standardization. Our panel comes to you in conjunction with The Open Group Paris Event and Member Meeting October 24 through 27, 2016 in France, with a focus on the latest developments in eGovernment. As government agencies move to the public cloud computing model, the use of more than one public cloud provider can offer economic benefits by a competition and choice. But are the public clouds standardized efficiently for true interoperability, and can the large government contracts in the offing for cloud providers have an impact on the level of maturity around standardization? To learn how to best procure multiple cloud services as eGovernment services at low risk and high reward, we're joined by our panel... (more)

Cognitive on Cloud | @CloudExpo #AI #Cloud #CognitiveComputing

According to the IBM Institute for Business Value the market will see a rapid adoption of initial cognitive systems. The most likely candidates have moved beyond descriptive and diagnostic, predictive and routine industry-specific capabilities. Seventy percent of survey respondents are currently using advanced programmatic analytics in three or more departments. In fact, the widespread adoption of cognitive systems and artificial intelligence (AI) across various industries is expected to drive worldwide revenues from nearly US$8.0 billion in 2016 to more than US$47 billion in 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock The analyst firm IDC predictsthat the banking, retail, healthcare and discrete manufacturing industries will generate more than 50% of all worldwide cognitive/ AI revenues in 2016. Banking and retail will each deliver nearly US$1.5 billion, while healthcare and... (more)