FAR 52.204-21 and Federal Cybersecurity Standards  In 2016 the Department of Defense, NASA and the GSA published FAR contract clause 52.204-21 that provided minimum standards for cybersecurity for all contractors dealing with the federal government.  The regulation applies to all ‘covered contractor information systems’ that process, store or transmit ‘Federal contract information.’ This clause will […]


Dell Boomi, an integration-platform-as-a-service company with offices in Austin, recently released its new cloud-based enterprise integration platform. Amid touting its flexibility to manage data across hybrid IT architectures, the new release focuses on one relevant issue: improvements in data security. As the cloud becomes more widely adopted, discussion around its security has mushroomed. When RightScale conducted its […]


Small business owners who don’t consider tech their strongest suit, cloud computing might be unfamiliar at best and daunting at worst. Many realize moving computer resources and data from an in-house arrangement to a shared on-demand environment makes sense in many ways, but the different X-as-a-service terms related to the cloud can be confusing. But […]


As our world grows increasingly connected, cyberattacks on businesses and institutions are becoming more common. In May, we saw the ransomeware WannaCry wreak havoc on more than 200,000 computers across the world. The Petya virus, meanwhile — which has affected global brands such as Mondelez International, advertising giant WPP and oil producer Rosneft — has […]


The Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage at the end of February – caused by a simple typo – had widespread effects across the web. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) hosts a wide variety of data, and more than 140,000 unique domains make use of it.Amazon has identified human error as the cause. And although data wasn’t lost, there was […]


The news this past week included another major data breach.  This time, it was a database that included 198 million voter records.  1.1 terabytes of personally identifiable information of American voters, including their names and addresses and rankings of their political leanings.  The database was assembled by a political consulting company named Deep Root Analytics. […]