Cloud Computing: Knowing the Ground Rules

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                                                                                                                                             benefits of a community network are a
ACUTA Awards Honor Information                                                                                                               powerful reminder of just how important
                                                                                                                                             it is to provide education and resources for
                                                                                                                                             young people who want to continue living

Communications Technology Pioneers                                                                                                           in their communities.”
                                                                                                                                                 Bryant University was selected for
                                                                                                                                             its collaborative public safety network,

        hree colleges and universities from   cal leadership, and their applications”        that the students prefer, not what the uni-     which connects dispatch centers at a
        across the U.S. recently nabbed       stood out as very innovative projects.         versity dictates, which we thought was in-      wide variety of first responders in Rhode
        Institutional Excellence awards          Wayne State received the award in           teresting and perhaps a little bit unique.”     Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts
from the Association for Information Com-     honor of its WSU Broadcast Messaging              ACUTA presented an award to Lee              and shortens response times to the cam-
munications Technology Professionals in       Service, which allows emergency and            College in recognition of its Chambers          pus and the community at large. The net-
Higher Education (ACUTA).                     nonemergency messages to be sent to            County Community Network. The insti-            work also allows individuals using cell
   The awards, which honor exceptional        students, faculty, and staff members on        tution created its own broadband wire-          phones to contact others using two-way
work in the field of information com-         a variety of mobile devices, including         less network, then built 10 minicomputer        radios, and vice versa.
munications technology by U.S. higher-        cell phones.                                   labs in areas of Chambers County where              “We felt that this, particularly with
learning institutions, were presented            “We thought we really had something         many individuals have either no internet        the Virginia Tech problems, would help
to three facilities: Wayne State Univer-      unique here, since we took this project be-    service or only dial-up. These labs were        in that area of communication between
sity in Detroit; Lee College in Baytown,      yond just emergency notification,” says        then connected to the wireless network,         campus law enforcement and community
Texas; and Bryant University in Smith-        Joseph Sawasky, chief information officer      providing high-speed internet access.           public safety people,” says Arthur Gloster
field, R.I.                                   and associate vice president of computing         “Folks [now] have access to continue         II, vice president for information services
   “These institutions were chosen be-        and information technology at Wayne            their learning, continue their online learn-    at Bryant University. He adds that the
cause of the scope and complexity of the      State. “We give the ability to our faculty     ing with online learning distance pro-          network is also used to communicate
applications that they submitted,” says       right through our Blackboard Learning          grams, and can get college degrees through      nonemergency messages, such as snow
Jeri Semer, executive director of ACUTA.      Management System to communicate               the internet,” said Carolyn Lightfoot, chief    closing information.
“We felt that they demonstrated techni-       with their students through channels           information officer at Lee College. “The                                  —Bill Greenwood

Thomson Reuters Citation     Cloud Computing:
Laureates: Eyes on the Prize Knowing the Ground Rules
          avid Pendlebury is a bit of a       won Nobel Prizes, and since 2002, 12 Ci-

          clairvoyant when it comes to No-    tation Laureates have won awards.                       ome enterprises now consider           customers ask a few questions before
          bel Prize winners. Actually, his        This year is no exception. The 2008                 cloud computing to be the next-        signing on the dotted line. Know your
predictions are more scientific than mys-     Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded                    best thing to sliced bread. But Jeff   vendor and what software/hardware is
terious. As the citation analyst and bib-     to three researchers for their work in flu-    Kalwerisky, chief security evangelist of        being used and what security precau-
liometrician for the Scientific business of   orescent protein probes for studying cel-      Alpha Software, sees the benefits
Description: Some enterprises now consider cloud computing to be the next-best thing to sliced bread. As an expert in information security and risk management for more than two decades, Jeff Kalwerisky has worked for many Fortune 100 companies and sees some security risks that could expose company data in the cloud architecture. Data security needs to be measured according to the classic model he calls "CIA": confidentiality, integrity, and availability. For anyone who is contemplating using the cloud, Kalwerisky suggests that customers ask a few questions before signing on the dotted line.
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