Adoption of cloud computing for New York City

Adoption of cloud computing for New York City (scienceline.org)

Here is an interesting story about New York City government using Microsoft Office services in the cloud. Its the same old cloud stories I have heard of over the last 5 years. Giving up security and privacy for cloud services to save money.  However these issues are going to be here for a long time, and as more governments move their information to the cloud and allow corporations to control it, its going to be interesting seeing the effects of this data and how safe it will be in the cloud.  Read on…

Eddie Borges, communications officer for New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, said the city has made security a top priority. “It’s not some mom-and-pop business — it’s Microsoft,” he said. “I’m sure if there were security problems, we’d be reading about it in the New York Times.”

My Two Cents: You got to be kidding me. I see a job opening in the near future. When I read this type of quote, it shocks me how someone can say such a stupid thing. Good luck man.

Those who remember how Microsoft lost the personal information of nearly 1 million T-Mobile Sidekick phone users last year — including their contact numbers, pictures, and other important information — will perhaps feel less confident in Microsoft’s abilities. Consumer groups like the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse think it’s best for government bodies to wait until cloud computing has a proven track record of security.

Government use of the cloud is new, and several kinks still need to be worked out. “There’s no legal precedent for who’s responsible when something goes wrong in a cloud,” said McAuley.  If Microsoft accidentally leaks secret government information the company won’t necessarily be held accountable, she said. Cisco’s Hoff thinks that items like liability can be negotiated in a contract, but guidelines that help federal, state, or city governments make the best security decisions are lacking and “watered-down.”

A security breach in Microsoft’s cloud could have severe consequences for the New York City government and its 8 million citizens, who don’t have the choice of opting-out of the contract. Therefore the government has a heightened responsibility to protect information, said McAuley. Citizens have a right to know which data and government functions are going into the cloud, she said, and how well the information is going to be protected.

“The city needs to be more clear about what this means for the citizens of New York,” she said.

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