According to a recent Cisco report, the number of connected devices per person worldwide will rise 50% from 2.4 in 2018 to 3.6 by 2023. And, at the same time – as we all well know - the days of a government employee logging on just during traditional business hours, in one building, on one or two devices, is over.
People bring the “constantly connected” mindset from their personal lives, to work. This mindset forms the expectations that they will have the ability to access all the information they require – anywhere, anytime.
For government security teams, it’s a love-hate relationship. On the upside, there are huge productivity benefits. And new opportunities for insights with the data collected and shared. But, as the volume and the variety of connected devices increases, so do potential cyber vulnerabilities. Read More
Federal agencies are getting a boost from adopting the cloud. According to InformationWeek contributor Elena Malykhina,policies like Cloud First, which was created by former federal government CIO Vivek Kundra and dictates that agencies seek out cloud strategies before turning to other solutions, has led federal organizations a step in the right direction when it comes to cloud adoption. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration and the General Services Administration were both early supporters of cloud services, paving the way for adoption in other areas of government. Read More
Cybersecurity continues to be a concern for businesses in the public and private sectors. Universities across the nation are reporting more cyberattacks have breached their technological defenses, sometimes resulting in stolen data and fraudulent access to student emails, along with disruptions in Internet service or capabilities. Read More
Running a data center can be an expensive endeavor. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2013, data centers in the U.S. consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and by 2020, that number is estimated to leap to 140 billion kilowatt-hours. With cooling systems, energy conversions and actual computing equipment, the government certainly isn't exempt from considerations dealing with power usage effectiveness, either. Read More
As federal, state and local government agencies gather and analyze mountains of information coming into their systems each day, they should recognize the importance of having sound strategies to deal with big data. According to Federal Times, government spending on big data projects is expected to reach $2.25 billion by 2018. This highlights the importance of the insights that this kind of analytics could bring to the table. Read More
Government technology solutions allow organizations to do their jobs to better serve the public. Emergency management efforts especially benefit from technology because it provides an avenue for teams to communicate and collaborate in order to improve response times and promote community health. Read More
Government agencies are driven by the need not only to improve operations, but make positive decisions that affect the general public. In many cases, government IT solutions hit on both goals and can provide significant benefits for organizations that adopt them. Here are a few things government can do to make the most of their technology. Read More
As government organizations look to improve their processes, virtualization has become an optimal answer. Virtualization efforts can be easily integrated with cloud and data center operations, making it a true force to be reckoned with. Let's take a look at the benefits of government virtualization. Read More
The cloud has a lot to offer adopters, and many organizations are realizing the significant benefits that this technology brings. Heightened security efforts are also making these solutions much more viable for the government sector. Although there are still a number of concerns regarding how far protection goes, the advancements in cloud have encouraged its adoption across federal, state and local agencies. Read More
Government data centers consume a considerable amount of power and resources, and can significantly affect operations if any downtime were to occur. The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, established in 2010, aims to consolidate at least 800 of the 3,000 government-owned data centers. As the definition of data center changed, there are now about 9,600 active facilities. However, due to such lofty expectations, many organizations have varying results in their downsizing efforts. Read More
Government is often seen as a huge monolith that relies on legacy processes to deliver services and keep communities running. However, this is no longer the case, as many agencies are adopting technology to improve their capabilities and become more agile. Among government IT solutions, there are a number of options that are helping bolster government operations. Read More