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US military providing Wi-Fi to organizations fighting Ebola in West Africa

Posted on October 31, 2014
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As the Ebola epidemic rages on in West Africa, the doctors and aid workers operating in the region are doing so without access to the necessary tracking and communication systems that allow for a successful disaster response. In order to better equip these workers and stop the spread of the virus, the U.S. Army is deploying tactical networks and mission command capabilities in the area. This will provide volunteers with the infrastructure required to improve communications between U.S. Africa Command, deployed units, non-governmental organizations and other partners involved in Operation United Assistance. Among the systems being enhanced by the Department of Defense are email, video and satellite tracking, Nextgov reported.  Read More

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Newly discovered Poodle flaw threatens encrypted data

Posted on October 24, 2014
Category: Cybersecurity

Researchers at Google recently uncovered a major flaw in the SSLv3 encryption protocol. The vulnerability is nicknamed Poodle – an acronym for Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption – and attacks exploiting it rely in large part on the ability to force target browsers to fall back to the legacy protocol. The browsers inherently include weaknesses that hackers can take advantage of to access encrypted information.  Read More

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US-CERT warns of phishing scams exploiting fears of Ebola virus

Posted on October 22, 2014
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An alert has been issued by the Department of Homeland security warning citizens about online fraud schemes using information on Ebola to trick victims into clicking on malicious links. In a statement about the phishing campaigns, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users to be cautious of opening emails regarding stories about the Ebola virus as they may contain dangerous material.  Read More

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Government agencies boosting their cybersecurity game

Posted on October 22, 2014
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With breaches becoming more commonplace than ever, organizations have increasingly taken efforts to improve their security and ensure that their assets are safe from malicious parties. Government agencies in particular are creating initiatives to bolster their cybersecurity endeavors, including developing the NIST framework and educating staff members on emerging threats. These endeavors will go a long way toward guaranteeing that sensitive information is protected while providing employees with the tools they need to be successful without compromising essential data.  Read More

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Senate urged to pass cybersecurity bill by 9/11 commission

Posted on October 21, 2014
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It was announced last week that the 9/11 Commission has called on the Senate to pass cybersecurity legislation before Congress goes on recess for the year. The commission warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the country is growing increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, citing major breaches at Home Depot and Target and the frequent discoveries of new flaws as proof of the eminent danger.  Read More

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Government Printing Office announces switch to cloud-based email

Posted on October 09, 2014
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As the Government Printing Office moves toward becoming an overarching publishing platform rather than simply a creator of physical documents, the agency has announced it is transitioning its internal email systems to a cloud-based platform.  Read More

4 men indicted for breaching U.S. Army networks

Posted on October 01, 2014
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It was revealed today that the Justice Department has charged four men with hacking into the computer systems of a variety of tech organizations, as well as the U.S. Army, and stealing more than $100 million worth of records. The men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Delaware on April 23, but the record was sealed until September 30.  Read More

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Staying Secure in an Always Connected World

Posted on March 20, 2017 0 comments
Category: Internet of Things

Feds bring the constantly connected mindset from their personal lives, to work, along with new expectations. For example, the ability to take and share a photo instantly. Instant messaging. Social collaboration. And access to information – all needed/desired information – anywhere, anytime.  Read More

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The DCOI Journey: Simplifying Your Data Center

Posted on February 07, 2017 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the “Energy Efficient Government Technology Act,” which will place energy efficiency standards on Federal data centers and require OMB to collaborate with agencies on plans to purchase and use energy efficient data center technologies.  Read More

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Investment in quality technology is aiding governments improve transparency

Posted on September 01, 2016 0 comments
Category: Technology

This past week, the town of Gallipolis, Ohio, made its financial records available to the public, the Gallipolis Daily Tribune reported. While this probably wasn't the biggest news story of 2016, it is reflective of an exciting state, and nationwide, trend.  Read More

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How vulnerable are US voting machines to foreign hackers?

Posted on August 10, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The recent hack of Democratic National Committee computers, attributed by authorities to Russia, has many Americans worried about foreign influence swaying the upcoming presidential election.  Read More

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Data mapping is changing government

Posted on June 29, 2016 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Geographical information systems are evolving and so are the governments that are using them.  Read More

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What can artificial intelligence do for the government?

Posted on June 08, 2016 0 comments

Artificial Intelligence programs are completely changing how people view computers. Once lifeless machines, AI systems are allowing for computers to analyze information in ways once thought impossible. Such a revolutionary trend has many implications, especially within government. With that in mind, what can the modern agency get out of AI deployment?  Read More

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