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Government cybersecurity still an issue

Posted on July 31, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Recent hacks against retail giants like Target and government organizations like the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have thrown a stark light on the effects of not protecting vital citizen and government data. Hackers are getting smarter, and government agencies especially have a duty to the public they serve to make sure confidential data stays out of the hands of malicious actors. To this end, big data analytics play an important role in how government organizations can learn how to address these issues.  Read More

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In a push for government organizations to be more transparent about their inner workings and more efficient in the way they serve the public, agencies are turning to government technology solutions. More and more voters are beginning to utilize technology to give vital feedback about how their elected officials and city processes impact their daily lives, and this is made possible through innovations concerning government IT solutions and applications. A 2012 study from the Pew Research Center found that 34 percent of American adults contacted a government official via online methods, and 39 percent participate in political activities on social networking sites.  Read More

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Municipalities are beginning to realize the benefits of open data policies. Government's use of big data is gaining ground, and it's helping local agencies better serve citizens and maintain public safety. For instance, according to Government Technology, transit authorities are using a standardized data system only possible through the use of open data. The General Transit Feed Specification, because it has common data formats and feeds, has allowed developers to streamline app development.  Read More

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Technology helps government agencies simplify processes

Posted on July 23, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government organizations are growing fonder of utilizing technology to streamline and strengthen processes that used to eat up time and resources. Cloud computing and other forms of technology are helping to make unseemly government processes a thing of the past and free up staff time to invest in other projects for the good of the community.  Read More

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Government cloud computing gains steam

Posted on July 23, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Federal, state and local government organizations are starting to make the shift toward the cloud. According to CloudTech, the cloud is gaining ground in government agencies despite slow rates of adoption. Government incentives are transforming how health care organizations store their medical records in the cloud, and the Department of Defense is moving toward using more cloud-based processes in the future. What does this mean for the rest of the government agencies still struggling with the idea of the cloud?  Read More

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An update on government cybersecurity in the cloud

Posted on July 23, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Cybersecurity continues to be an issue for government organizations. A survey conducted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium found that federal information security experts have a poor view of the government's cybersecurity in general, with almost 50 percent of respondents saying the government is seeing no return on recent security investments. Recent attacks against organizations have spurred more conversations about the effectiveness of government cybersecurity measures.  Read More

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Big data can help government agencies strengthen cybersecurity

Posted on July 21, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

For federal, state and local government organizations, cybersecurity is a growing concern. High-profile hacks and breaches of government data are on the rise, indicating a need for stronger defenses and better education when it comes to keeping their data safe. For instance, at the beginning of June, the Social Security numbers and other confidential information was stolen from the Office of Personnel Management. According to The New York Times, 21.5 million federal employees were affected by the hack, making it the largest cyberattack into internal federal systems.  Read More

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Every day, government agencies are using technology to improve the lives of the public they serve. Health care, energy use, pollution control and general well-being of the people in their jurisdictions can all be made better through the use of smart innovations. Government technology solutions like the integrated apps and cloud computing can be crucial tools as agencies seek to better provide services and promote civic engagement.  Read More

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How can government agencies use wearable technology?

Posted on July 15, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

It seems like wearable technology is everywhere these days. The Apple Watch is one of the frontrunners in the industry, along with Google Glass and others like it. These kinds of devices are popular among the public already: according to Reuters, the Apple Watch had already sold 2.79 million units as of mid-June, and the numbers keep rising. People are using these devices for everything from shopping to activity tracking, but how can federal, state and local government organizations benefit from the big data generated by wearable tech as well?  Read More

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An Internet of Things government update

Posted on July 10, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Federal, state and local agencies are continuing to realize the benefits of the Internet of Things. This network of interconnected sensors can potentially deliver valuable data on all kinds of public concerns. The IoT adds to the growing wellspring of government big data, helping agencies realize community improvement goals and strengthen civic engagement.  Read More

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Cloud computing for government: Why adopt the cloud?

Posted on July 10, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Many state and local government agencies are making the switch to cloud computing, and they are reaping the benefits across the board. According to a recent report from Forbes, many organizations are moving to a true “cloud first” orientation, beginning to host more data and applications in the cloud. Slowly but surely, more agencies are reporting that they have experienced cost savings, scalability and outstanding levels of data security when they started implementing government cloud computing strategies.  Read More

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Government virtualization: a quick guide

Posted on July 08, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Government organizations of all levels are making the shift to virtualized desktop environments, with federal agencies leading the way. The Joint Staff at the Pentagon made the effort to convert to a virtualized desktop model in 2014, and the U.S. Army is now making that switch, according to Federal Times. There are distinct advantages of government virtualization. Here is a quick guide.  Read More

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Data sharing helps agencies work smarter

Posted on July 01, 2015

Interdepartmental data sharing is one way to improve relationships within government agencies and, as a result, positively impact community relations down the road. Proper government data management is crucial to maintaining many federal, state and local systems and to bolstering communities affected by these agencies. Big data and open data work together to strengthen communications between departments and thus give agencies the information they need to best serve the public.  Read More


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The US Army is enlisting cloud computing

Posted on January 14, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government agencies have begun overhauling federal IT infrastructure in a bid to deflate the current IT budget, and improve technological efficiency. So far, most of the savings have been realized though data center consolidation – from the Navy to NASA, reducing the number of data storage facilities has been a top priority.  Read More

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Can technology improve perceptions of government in the US?

Posted on January 08, 2016 0 comments

Given recent revelations involving Edward Snowden and the U.S. government's use of information and communication technology as surveillance tools, it's not necessarily shocking that a November Pew {Research Center?} poll has revealed overwhelming distrust of Uncle Sam. Only 19 percent of respondents said that they trust the government the majority of the time, which represents the lowest percentage in the last 50 years. To pile on grievances, a recent Gallup poll has revealed that dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is the most commonly cited problem among Americans.  Read More

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Assessing Pentagon cloud computing

Posted on December 31, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The value of cloud computing has been hotly debated in government circles. From a budget and efficiency perspective, there are big opportunities for improved data center consolidation, and wider avenues for enhanced collaboration within and among various agencies. Thus far, the only significant setback to adoption has been related to concerns about cybersecurity. Many agencies remain wary of their own ability to safeguard data that lives in the cloud.  Read More

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Data center consolidation is on the US Navy’s radar

Posted on December 30, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Government agencies have put data center consolidation at the core of efforts geared toward streamlining federal IT infrastructure. So far, success has been somewhat choppy. The U.S. Government Accountability Office did report savings of up to $3.6 billion – which data center consolidation contributed to – but learned shortly thereafter that 2,000 more data centers were in existence than previously believed. The setback resulted in the recent announcement of a new and forthcoming data center policy that may help get things back on track.  Read More

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Enterprise mobility, IoT highlight need for government cloud computing

Posted on December 28, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Transitioning from legacy, on-premises IT solutions to cloud computing has been a top priority among government IT leadership in the past five years. Despite being slow off the starting line, recent studies revealed that government cloud computing spend is expected to increase from its current annual allotment of $2.4 billion to an estimated $6.2 billion by 2020. This growth rate outpaces that of the entire federal IT budget.  Read More

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New policy on data center consolidation in the making

Posted on December 22, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Data center efficiency is a growing concern among many organizations. These facilities are entirely necessary, but they are also tremendous sources of energy consumption. Worse yet, much of this energy consumption is unnecessary. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, data centers in the U.S. could have consumed 40 percent less energy in 2013. In addition to wasting natural resources, this inefficiency results in needless spending.  Read More

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Cloud computing takes the lead in government IT spending

Posted on December 19, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The U.S. government has been pushing its cloud-first agenda hard in the past few years in an attempt to improve data center consolidation efforts as well as collaboration between government agencies. In 2011, The Federal Cloud Strategy proposed allocating $20 billion of the total $80 billion IT spend on cloud computing. Since the release of the report, there have been numerous barriers to adoption, namely distrust of cloud computing among many federal agencies – despite repeated proclamations from federal CIO Tony Scott that cloud computing is safe.  Read More

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California takes a unique approach to improving government IT services

Posted on December 11, 2015 0 comments

Information technology infrastructure represents a sizable chunk of government spending at the federal, state and municipal levels, hence recent efforts across the board to maximize IT efficiency. Everything from cloud migration and data center consolidation to streamlined big data aggregation and analytics can be a source of savings – that is, as long as it improves federal IT services. Most of these examples focus on specific technological renovations; however, as one of California's most recent policies reveals, there are other ways to go about making improvements to government operations.  Read More

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OPM launches the Cybersecurity Resource Center for hack victims

Posted on December 09, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has been front of mind for the government for as long there have been hackable systems, but the Office of Personnel Management breach that took place in early 2015 was a wakeup call unlike any other. The data of some 21 million government workers was stolen as a result of the breach, including biometric information of an estimated 5 million people. It was a ground-breaking incident, and it left a bad taste in the mouths of the victims and government IT leaders alike.  Read More