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Two important benefits of VoIP

Posted on April 29, 2015
Category: News

Voice over IP is an integral part throughout government agencies today. This service, part of a unified communications solutions, can trace its roots to 1973, when the Network Voice Protocol was developed. This breakthrough allowed a team of researchers totransmit real-time voice over Arpanet, the early precursor to the Internet.  Read More

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Will wearables improve productivity?

Posted on April 29, 2015

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
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
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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Updated government data centers lead to better utilization

Posted on April 24, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

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
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
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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Data center transparency can help rehabilitate public trust

Posted on April 16, 2015
Category: Data Center

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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Agencies see benefits from virtualizing within the cloud

Posted on April 15, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

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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Interoperability framework to help agencies navigate big data

Posted on April 15, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

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

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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 investment benefits federal, state and local governments

Posted on April 13, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

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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Information sharing crucial for government cybersecurity plan

Posted on April 13, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

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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Cybersecurity important for Obama administration in 2015

Posted on April 10, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

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
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
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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Individual employee responsibility to keep agencies secure

Posted on April 09, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

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
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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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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