What is CloudBC Thought Leadership

Our member organizations look to CloudBC for thought leadership to support their change efforts to adopt cloud.

Thought Leadership objectives include:

 

Common artifacts – Develop standard templates such as best practice contract terms & conditions, Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and Security, and Threat Risk Assessments (STRAs), cloud readiness and strategic planning assessments that can be shared across the broader public sector.

access_knowledge_02 Networking – Support the creation of a self-sustaining community of practice of IT and business professionals across the broader public sector to share lessons learned about cloud.
foundation_02 Global experts – Establish a network of experts from BC, Canada and other jurisdictions to inform CloudBC activities and our customers’ cloud strategies.
adopt_stds_02 Recommended knowledge ware – Establish a shared knowledge base of recommended best practices and guidelines based on priority topics.

Facilitation

We facilitate a standing working group on cloud to explore key topics of interest. Agendas are driven by common issues, challenges and opportunities faced by our member organizations.

Participants include representatives from all CloudBC members and other interested parties within the BC public sector including municipalities, the education sector, not-for-profit organizations, and utilities.

This forum serves as an excellent networking opportunity for IT professionals in the BC public sector to share their experiences and lessons learned as they relate to cloud.

If you interested in participating in this working group, please contact us at us info@cloudbc.ca for more information.

Knowledge Centre

An online Knowledge Centre is under construction to facilitate online collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing among participating BC public sector organizations.

In the meantime, CloudBC recommends the following organizations and example publications as demonstrating excellence in best practice and vendor-neutrality:

Readiness & Cloud Planning

CloudBC recommends the ODCA’s Cloud Maturity Model to help guide the development of a customer’s cloud-enabled digital strategy.

Print CloudBC is a member of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a consortium of leading global IT organizations dedicated to accelerating adoption of interoperable solutions and services for cloud computing.

ODCA’s body of work is focused on cloud adoption and considers business and technical aspects of cloud readiness and maturity, unified by a set of usage models.

Learn more about Version 3.1 of the CMM by downloading the package here, including an Executive Overview and Analysis Questionnaire..

 

Security & Privacy

CloudBC plays an important role in supporting a common approach to security and privacy in the cloud across the BC broader public sector.

Requirements

The recently released Invitation to Establish Eligibility to Submit IaaS and PaaS Offers (ITSO) and associated CloudBC Contract Framework template on BC Bid outlines recommended minimum acceptable security requirements as well as privacy requirements for cloud services that store personally identifiable data.

The privacy requirements align to the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia’s Cloud Computing Guidelines for Public Bodies which provide guidance on how BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) applies to the use of cloud computing services.

PIA and STRA Templates

CloudBC will facilitate the creation and sharing of common Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and Security Threat Risk Assessment (STRA) templates. These may focus on specific cloud-based hosting (IaaS), platform & middleware (PaaS), and end user software (SaaS) technologies and use cases. These can be leveraged and adapted, as required, by our customers as they prepare their project-specific PIAs & STRAs.

Security Webinar

CloudBC, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and NASPO ValuePoint collaborated on a webinar on how public sector organizations can use the CSA tools due diligence on their cloud service awards.

Getting the Security and Controls Right

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Watch the webinar video to learn how to:

  • Assess your data and workload security classifications and risks
  • Identify standards and controls in an awarded cloud application
  • Assure the cloud application you select meets your data and security needs

Other Priority Topics

Based on input from our customers, additional priority topics include:

  • Cloud procurement
  • Dev/Ops in a Hybrid IT environment
  • Integration in a Hybrid IT environment
  • Organizational change management

How to get involved

Do you have expertise on cloud? On digital strategy? Are you passionate about enabling public sector innovation through IT? We would welcome the opportunity to connect with you. Please contact us at info@cloudbc.ca.