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VA fails cybersecurity audit 16 years in a row

Posted on November 26, 2014
Category: Cybersecurity

This month the Department of Veterans Affairs underwent its annual cybersecurity audit, and for the 16th time in a row, it failed. The audits are conducted in order to ensure that agencies are meeting the standards set forth in the Federal Information Security Management Act.  Read More

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State Department email systems shut down to investigate possible breach

Posted on November 18, 2014
Category: Cybersecurity

It was announced this week that the U.S. State Department was forced to shut down its unclassified email system in order to evaluate damage created by a potential data breach. According to the Associated Press, the email system was shut down in order to make repairs and upgrade security after suspicious activity was detected on the system recently.  Read More

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The Department of Homeland Security announced in early November that a Trojan horse malware program has been installed within the system that operates the majority of the country’s critical infrastructure. Were such a program to succeed in shutting down the system, it could cause economic chaos. Officials with DHS believe the malicious software was installed by hackers sponsored by the Russian government, ABC News reported.  Read More

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FDA releases cybersecurity guidance for device manufacturers

Posted on November 06, 2014
Category: Cybersecurity

In late October, the Food and Drug Administration released guidelines for medical device manufacturers to follow in regards to cybersecurity. According to agency spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez, the information was provided in an effort to specify what exactly is expected of device manufacturers when it comes to security.  Read More

No one is denying that the U.S. is currently facing major cyberthreats, but according to the head of the National Security Agency, many don’t realize the obstacles in the country’s way to protect against cybercrime. In a speech at Stanford University in early November, NSA director and commander of U.S. Cyber Command Admiral Mike Rogers noted that the intelligence community has been tasked with overcoming multiple hurdles, including responding the concerns of data privacy and the inability to lure skilled security professionals to work for the government with high salaries.  Read More

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Creation of a cybersecurity strategy, task force announced by the Navy

Posted on November 03, 2014
Category: Cybersecurity

In late October, the Department of the Navy announced a strategy that clearly identifies cyberspace as a domain in which warfighting is permitted. The strategy was created in order to more accurately assess the cyber risks present across the service as a response to a high profile breach of its systems last year.  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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