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August 12, 2013

Technically News scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a weekly source of IT news, information, and ideas that impact the public sector.

NASA’s Shadow IT Issues with Cloud Computing All Too Common

We’ve written about Shadow IT in the past, and it has apparently caught up with at least one agency. Several NASA centers have moved systems to the public cloud without approval, resulting in cybersecurity flaws that could have affected their entire network an audit has found. Search Cloud Computing has the full story.

The Rise of the Citizen CIO

Over at Open Source, Red Hat's Jason Hibbets has written an interesting piece on open government giving way to the rise of the “Citizen CIO.” Thanks to new government initiatives pushing open data and government-created APIs, citizens are creating new applications, platforms, and resources to improve the public sector.

How CISOs Help Lower Breach Costs

Last week, Symantec released the 2013 Cost of Data Breach Study which found that “organizations that have a chief information security officer (CISO) have lower costs for each record breached than those who lack a CISO.” Speakers from Symantec and the Ponemon Institute, who partnered with Symantec on this study, were recently interviewed on Bank Info Security about their findings.

Google Poised to Become the Next Amazon in Cloud, Analyst Says

While Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become the 500-pound gorilla of cloud infrastructure and services, a Baird analyst claims Google is next. To Colin Sebastian, Google’s infrastructure, applications, and services are primed to follow an “AWS-like strategy” to leverage their offerings to not only individuals and small businesses, but enterprises as well. Read this Market Watch article for more.