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The Internet of Things is a system that uses sensors and software to connect people, data and physical objects to the Internet. Consumers and businesses alike utilize tools considered part of the Internet of Things, such as Google’s Nest home temperature maintenance system or baby monitors that can be accessed from a smartphone. Benefits can include increased productivity, time management, and physical and mental security.  Read More

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Technology like unified communications systems and cloud computing can save government agencies money. Now there is evidence that these technologies cut costs in an even bigger way than previously thought. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Temple University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that for every dollar a state government spends on technology, it saves $3.50 in the long run in total expenditures.  Read More

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An important aspect of cybersecurity is the sharing of information between businesses and government entities. Collaboration on cybersecurity measures and being up-to-date on current data breaches facilitates a crucial shared understanding about the status of cybersecurity in the U.S. The idea is that if this information is shared, more can be done about potential hacks, and the continued conversation about security can include strategies to prevent future breaches.  Read More

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Already in the first months of 2015, the White House has taken several steps in the ongoing cybersecurity struggle. In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama made it clear that cybersecurity is an integral issue for the government and that federal legislation is necessary.  Read More

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3 reasons virtualization saves governments money

Posted on April 10, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Lately there has been a marked shift toward trying to downsize the number of physical servers storing data for the federal government and thereby increase the efficiency of the existing data centers. According to the Federal Times, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon continues to move to a virtualized desktop model, which cuts costs and maintenance times. Gregory Garcia, manager of IT for the Pentagon and the Washington Headquarters Service, said that their goal to reach 80 percent usage of virtual desktop interfaces for the Joint Staff had been nearly met at the beginning of March.  Read More

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Where next for the cloud and government?

Posted on April 09, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is currently going through exponential growth. This is because the market is only really now beginning to respond to the amazing benefits that the cloud has to offer organizations both large and small. As the first sets of groups that have come to use the cloud have been rewarded, there have been many more seeking to follow in their footsteps. This is natural, after all.  Read More

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In today’s world of Internet records and cloud-based data, organizations and individuals are scrambling to learn everything they can about cybersecurity and how to maintain it. It can seem like a daunting task, especially in the midst of a troubling time that includes breaches of sensitive consumer and government information, such as the recent Sony hack and the hack of the State Department in late 2014.  Read More

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Air Force establishes cybersecurity task force

Posted on April 09, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

On March 20, the U.S. Air Force established Task Force Cyber Secure, a group that hopes to take a look at the Air Force and determine challenges of the cyberspace domain in areas such as synchronization, operations and governance.  Read More

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It’s not just businesses that are moving to the cloud. The utility of the cloud has offered many organizations the opportunity to make use of its quick access to data. Thanks to the flexibility in delivering IT services and the cloud’s ability to allow groups to sidestep the costs of refreshing aged infrastructure, many are finding reasons to make use of it within their long-term strategies. The cloud provides both large businesses and small agencies the opportunities they need to save money while developing a more efficient relationship to information.  Read More

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Most organizations that are interested in moving to the cloud are at least partially motivated by the savings it offers. There’s good reason for this – when compared with the total cost of ownership of supporting a network infrastructure and servers, the cloud can quickly pull ahead as the more affordable option.  Read More