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Will wearables improve productivity?

Posted on April 29, 2015 0 comments

Digital watches have come a long way since first being released in 1972. Watches have gradually become more computerized by providing more abilities and services to wearers than just time keeping. The evolution helps to explain why consumer electronic companies are banking on smartwatches becoming the next big personal tech item, after the smartphone and tablet.  Read More

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End of Windows Server 2003 support rapidly approaches

Posted on April 28, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Support for Microsoft’s Windows XP officially ended April 8, 2014, though security updates for Windows Server 2003 will still be provided until July 2015. These updates will help IT departments keep systems secure while migrating towards new servers and a new operating system.  Read More

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Is your government agency properly using unified communications?

Posted on April 27, 2015 0 comments
Category: News

According to a recent survey from global telecommunications service provide, Easynet, most companies are not getting the full benefits of unified communications. The firms surveyed understood the benefits of unified communications, as 60 percent said business efficiency improved, however, only 45 percent of respondents said business agility improved.  Read More

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Local and state governments have a few disadvantages regarding technology compared to the federal government: money and resources. The number of data centers the U.S. federal government operates has rapidly increased and become a burden. As a result, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was started and has been seeking to lower these figures and make government data centers more efficient. CIO.gov found many of the 7,000 federal data centers were using only 27 percent computing power, despite the extra costs associated with operating a data center.  Read More

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What is data sharing?

Posted on April 22, 2015 0 comments
Category: News

The U.S. House is expected to pass a bipartisan bill that will help combat cyberattacks, according to The New York Times. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act has already garnered the support of the president. The bill aims to push private companies to share information about hacking threats with other companies and the government.  Read More

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Recent cyberattacks reveal need for disaster recovery

Posted on April 21, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The world’s leading operating system and a popular software program were recently found to have serious security flaws, enabling foreign hackers to breach U.S. State Department and White House computers and spy on foreign diplomats. Unclassified, but sensitive data was stolen from White House computers in particular.  Read More

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In recent years, the public’s growing concern over surveillance and what it means for their privacy is an issue being faced by many agencies across federal, state and local governments. From 2015 to 2020, the global data center security market is projected to increase by acompound annual growth rate of 11.4 percent, according to a recent release from RnR Market Research. The need for secure data storage environments has always been implicit, but awareness of exactly how secure private information is has skyrocketed into the public eye and mind with recent developments relating to the FBI and National Security Agency, among others.  Read More

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Cloud computing with virtualization could mean serious advantages for government agencies. Server virtualization offers immense benefits to organizations seeking to consolidate data and cut down on physical equipment and maintenance costs. It also offers flexibility in data storage and analysis. Similarly, the cloud is useful in the storage of data and automation of services for end users. Despite the similarities between the two, they are separate processes that, when combined, can offer enhanced benefits to users.  Read More

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In recent years, the use of big data in government has increased despite growing concerns about cybersecurity. According to Josh Helms, a fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government, a growing number of agencies have had success in adopting big data to perform tasks and better serve the populace. For example, the Food and Drug Administration is using big data to analyze and study patterns in foodborne illness; this database helps the FDA respond more quickly when issuing recalls for contaminated foods. With the uptick in government use of big data, now more than ever it is important to ensure interoperability across data sources, organizations and domains.  Read More