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CSOs to benefit from EU data protection reform but cloud vendors may struggle to capitalise

CSOs are likely to benefit from the EU data protection policy overhaul

The EU will soon impose data protection legislation reforms in a bid to ensure more robust privacy guarantees and unify the data protection law across European member states. Peter Groucutt, managing director at cloud-based backup service provider Databarracks said the move will likely mean enterprises will be more willing to double down on IT security. But are cloud vendors in a position to capitalise on a potential boom in IT security spending?

US regulators clear IBM divestiture to Lenovo

IBM gets that cloud and big data is where its capacity for future revenue generation lie

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.

Microsoft, AWS, IBM give climate change researchers free access to cloud resources

The Obama Administration wants to leverage cloud platforms for climate change research

The initiative will see the Obama Administration leverage the scale and reach of some of the world’s largest cloud service providers in the hopes of drawing broader community involvement with the research.

US federal gov failure to leverage cloud may cost up to $19bn

The US federal government could save billions by moving wholesale to the cloud

According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.

Outsourcery: EU data regulations will require more vendor transparency

Outsourcery: 'Cloud service providers risk tighter regulation and slower uptake'

Cloud and hosting provider Outsourcery claims that with impending EU data protection regulations coming into place cloud vendors will need to become more transparent with their data handling policies or risk further regulation and slowed cloud services uptake.

Egyptian Government signs MOU to fund local cloud initiatives

Helmy: 'The cloud sector is a strategic priority for Egypt'

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with TE Data, a subsidiary of Telecom Egypt, and Automation Consultants that will see the parties commit billions over seven years to provide cloud computing application services to the private and public sector organisations in Egypt.

As cloud goes mainstream House of Lords assesses digital skills gap

The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will investigate the competitiveness of the UK in an age increasingly dependent on cloud services

The House of Lords has set up a special committee to assess the UK’s digital competitiveness. The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will focus on assessing the digital capability of the nation at a time when enterprise adoption of cloud services is steadily increasing, creating demand for skills around cloud, mobility and cybersecurity.

As Home Office embraces G-Cloud, Singleton spreads the word across wider government

The Home Office has embarked on an IT strategy modernisation effort, which will put G-Cloud at the centre of its strategy

The UK Home Office is embarking on an effort to modernise the agency’s IT strategy, which according to its CTO and former G-Cloud head Denise McDonagh will help break its dependence on large systems integrators and long-term technology contracts.

Microsoft: Riley v. California ruling will advance cloud privacy

Microsoft: 'The Riley v. California ruling is a historic victory for privacy defenders'

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines

The European Commission released standard SLA terms for cloud services, aimed at improving trust and certainty around the cloud in Europe

The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.

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