Saturday, June 28, 2014

Security & Defense People Launches - Use "GovCloud" for 50% Discount

This is quite an unusual post for me but I would like to congratulate GovCloud Network partner SDP Networks on their launch of the Security & Defense People website!

Security and Defense People offers a tremendous opportunity for experts and consultants, whether you are focused on building your brand or seeking work. You can target your messages and interactions to the right targeted audience, publish your content that connects with that audience, and extend engagement both on and off the network, by combining mass reach with accurate targeting, we can guide your effective use of advertising. Engage your target from among the most affluent, influential, and educated B2B professionals, Increase awareness, credibility and impact through the power of your organizations social network. Drive traffic and leads to your personal listing. We have led a variety of groups on how to increase leads, interact with prospects, publish content, social media etiquette and profile design that extends the reach of the profile listing. We are the leading experts at helping candidates conduct an effective job search. Career coaching, job search plans, build connections to leading associations, non-profits and NGO’s is our expertise. It provides the inside connections you need to launch a premium career.

Use the code "GovCloud" to get a 50% discount on any of their services !!!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Cloud Credential Council releases Executive FedRAMP certification course with leading government cloud expert Kevin L. Jackson.

Palo Alto, USA - June 23rd, 2014 Addressing the global cloud skills gap is the number one priority to help accelerate the successful adoption of Cloud, according to the Cloud Credential Council. To address the skills gap specifically related to FedRAMP, the Cloud Credential Council has released an online course and exam for  FedRAMP authored by leading government cloud expert Kevin L. Jackson.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.
Federal Agencies, Third-Party Assessment Organizations (3PAO), Cloud Service Providers (CSP) all need to have deep knowledge about FedRAMP. As of June 5th 2014 it is a requirement for CSPs to be #FedRAMP compliant. There are many organizations that are not yet FedRamp compliant, primarily caused by the lack of knowledge  around the processes, requirements and value of FedRAMP compliancy. The Cloud Credential Council is addressing this crucial gap with a new certification course developed together with leading Government Cloud expert Kevin L. Jackson, CEO & Founder of GovCloud Network.
Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council said: “Kevin L. Jackson’s deep knowledge of FedRAMP, combined with his vast government cloud experience gained through senior positions at SENTEL, JP Morgan Chase, IBM, NJVC and collaboration with organizations such as GSA, NIST, DHS, DOD, NSA, OMB, and the Federal CIO Council, ensures that we have the best expertise in place to address this crucial topic.”
According to Kevin L. Jackson, author of the certification course: “This course will help executives understand the processes, requirements and value of FedRAMP certification. Given the mandatory nature of FedRAMP this certification is a must-have for all government and industry IT executives.”

A description can be found here: The course and exam can be taken anywhere, anytime across the globe and is available starting today at:   Besides this online certification course specific to FedRAMP, general CCC Professional certification courses released and due for release this year such as CCC Professional Cloud Solutions Architect and CCC Professional Cloud Security Manager will also include FedRAMP as one of the topics. Training partners and Trainers/Instructors interested in adopting the Professional tracks are encouraged to contact the Cloud Credential Council for accreditation.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Learning Tree’s Expert Cloud Instructor Kevin Jackson Announces Multiple Speaking Engagements

(Reposted from LearningTree's "Perspectives on Cloud Computing" at )

Kevin Jackson, a certified Learning Tree cloud computing instructor and Learning Tree Cloud Computing Curriculum Initiative Manager, is set to speak at two exciting cloud computing conferences in June.

On June 16, 2014, Mr. Jackson will be speaking at the inaugural “Cloud for Vets Training Class at Veterans 360 in San Diego, CA, and on June 21, 2014 will be speaking at the Congress of Cloud Computing 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center in China.

Veterans 360 Services, a San Diego non-profit organization, is launching a new program aimed at helping veterans transition from the military and into a meaningful career in emerging cloud technology services. Traditional IT is rapidly transitioning to Cloud Technology and this organization aims to give veterans the cloud computing skills they need to succeed in this industry. Learning Tree is also a proud supporter of this organization. Learn more about the organization at their website:

Next, Mr. Jackson will be speaking on Cloud Services Brokerage for International Disaster Response at BIT’s 3rd Annual World Congress of Cloud Computing in China. This event will aim to strengthen the technical and business ties in cloud computing in order to bring together experts and industry leaders to share technological advancements and experiences within the industry.

Kevin L. Jackson is the Founder and CEO of GovCloud Network, a management consulting firm specializing in helping corporation adapt to the new cloud computing environment. Through his “Cloud Musings blog, Mr. Jackson has been recognized as one of Cloud Computing JournalWorld’s 30 Most Influential Cloud Bloggers” (2009, 2010), a Huffington Post Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter (2013) and the author of a FedTech MagazineMust Read Federal IT Blog” (2012, 2013).

To learn more about Learning Tree’s cloud computing curriculum, click here.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

GovCloud Founder and Veteran's 360 Showcased in US Veteran's Magazine

Kevin L. Jackson, CEO and Founder of GovCloud Network, LLC, was showcased in US Veteran's Magazine for his work with Veteran's 360, a San Diego, California non-profit.

With more than 30,000 troops return to civilian life after serving the country, Vets360 helps them through this sometimes difficult transition by providing training designed to provide skills that will ensure long-term success in the future job market. With eyes on that future, and after extensive research,Veterans 360 decided that cloud technology was a perfect venue for veterans looking for meaningful employment and a long-term career.

Working with The National Cloud Technology Association and the Cloud Credential Council, Mr. Jackson developed a custom course for this new endeavor. Jackson is well known from his contributions to the industry and his innovative “Cloud Musings” blog, recognized as one of the world’s 30 most influential cloud blogs. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Jackson brings stellar credentials, insight and influence to the Veterans 360 training program, located in San Diego, California. Veterans 360-Cloud, Sylvan Learning and the Workforce Investment Board will be providing the training for veterans.

 Mr. Jackson's appearance in this issue is sort of a encore with the well known television personality, radio talk show host, and actor Montel Williams. In 1996 the two US Naval Academy graduates teamed up on "Black Wings - A Chronicle of African Americans in Aviation". Kevin Jackson served as the lead researcher and Mr. Williams narrated the SSB Inc and Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum produced multi-media CDROM.

US Veteran's Magazine is available online at You can also CLICK HERE to download a digital copy of this issue (

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cloud Environment Can Enable Fast, Secure Collaboration among Industries, Nations

NCOIC’s Kevin Jackson to present new process for creating interoperability via a cyber-secure multi-cloud environment at cloud computing conferences in the U.S. and China

WASHINGTON—June 4, 2014—Cyber-secure cloud computing can help both businesses and governments improve their ability to collaborate with non-traditional partners so they can quickly and cost-effectively tackle complex problems. That’s the message Kevin Jackson of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium will deliver to world technology leaders this month.

Jackson is scheduled to present an open process developed by NCOIC to facilitate cross-domain interoperability and secure information sharing among different systems and users at Cloud Expo in New York on June 10 and at the World Congress of Cloud Computing in Dalian, China on June 20.

Known as the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability (NRRC™), the new process defines how to build and manage a federated cloud computing platform that provides a foundation for sharing information within a secure environment, enabling a diverse group of users to exchange data via their different technology applications.

“The NRRC process can support a wide range of operational and business needs, like humanitarian assistance, disaster response, supply chain management and other instances where different groups must come together quickly to address a complex situation or common mission,” says Jackson. “The consortium has shown how the power of the cloud can be used to share critical, life-saving information in an emergency situation. Now we have developed a more general set of checklists, rules and patterns that promotes secure and reliable data exchange.”

Jackson will discuss the disaster-response simulation NCOIC held last September for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. During the real-time demonstration, he built a federated cloud environment in a matter of minutes so users in a virtual organization could quickly collect, store and share geospatial data.

A cloud computing expert, Jackson specializes in information technology solutions that meet U.S. government operational requirements. He serves on the team that developed the NRRC process and leads NCOIC master practitioners who can assist businesses, governments and non-government organizations in implementing their interoperable cloud computing platforms. In addition, Jackson oversees the activities of the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group.

Jackson is founder of GovCloud Network, editor of GovernmentCloud Computing electronic magazine and author of two books on cloud computing. Prior to joining NCOIC, he was vice president and general manager of Cloud Services at NJVC. He also served in various senior management positions at the National Reconnaissance Office, Sirius Computer Solutions, IBM, JP Morgan Chase and SENTEL Corporation. During his career with the U.S. Navy, Jackson held specialties in command and control and space systems engineering while accumulating over 2500 hours and 230 carrier landings flying E-2C and C-2A aircraft.

For more information on the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability open process, go to

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium ( works to enable cross-domain interoperability in and between such areas as aerospace, civil and military operations, air traffic management, health care and more. NCOIC is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 50 members and advisors representing businesses, government agencies and organizations in 12 countries. It has a 10-year history of developing world-class skills and tools that help its members and customers operate effectively across diverse global market sectors and domains.


Diana Eastman
NCOIC Communications

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