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There are certain situations where going it alone isn't the best option. Asking for help from an expert can often solve a problem more effectively, and this is nowhere more apparent than within government IT. Agencies should know that partnering with knowledgeable outside companies isn't a sign of giving up on the problem. Rather, it shows that officials care enough to get the best person possible to help solve the issue in the most effective and efficient way possible. In that vein, let's look at some of the agencies who've teamed up with private companies recently.  Read More

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Humans will always be the weakest link when it comes to security. An agency can utilize top-tier encryption, employ the world's best cybersecurity experts and spend millions of dollars on its defenses, and all it takes for a hacker to gain access to private data is for someone in HR to fall for a social engineering attack.  Read More

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Government stepping up its big data game

Posted on March 23, 2016
Category: News

Information is king across every sector. It serves as the basis for all of the decisions that are made and provides businesses with a better idea of how they're performing on a daily basis. With the inclusion of mobile devices and sensors, more data is being generated than ever before, and it's only expected to continue rising in the years ahead. As such, it's important for government organizations in particular to prepare their systems to handle and parse through this information to glean the most relevant parts.  Read More

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While advancements in technology have allowed institutions to perform physical functions faster than ever before, {deep? free?} thinking tasks have been largely left to people. This is less of a moral objection to the idea of mechanical minds and more a statement on the effectiveness of the human brain when it comes to problem solving. That said, it would appear the U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon are attempting to break this mold by allowing IBM's Watson to analyze the Federal Acquisition Regulation, according to the Washington Post.  Read More

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The growing concern of cyberattacks directed at government agencies cannot be ignored. However, foreign nations attempting to gain access to confidential U.S. data may not be the only issue at play here. Incidents of ransomware – a type of cyberattack that encrypts the users files and demands compensation before the person can regain access – are growing rapidly. What's more, it appears the hackers behind these attacks are becoming bolder every day. What does this malware mean for government agencies, and what can be done to stop it in its tracks?  Read More

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It's a pretty commonly held fact in the cybersecurity community that older systems are generally easier to exploit compared to newer ones. A lot of this has to do with the fact that hackers have simply had a lot of time to tool around with them, and therefore know where the vulnerabilities are. This is especially true for the U.S. government's aging IT infrastructure.  Read More

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Over the past six years, federal data centers have undergone a number of changes. The 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act have redefined limits for these facilities and have aimed to minimize the overall sprawl across government agencies. While these two efforts have done a lot to reduce the space, equipment, energy and other resources taken up by data centers, there is still a lot of work to do before government groups can reach their established goals.  Read More

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Government cloud spending to increase

Posted on March 07, 2016
Category: Cloud Computing

A report from the International Data Corporation is shedding light on just how important cloud services are to modern governmental functions. The study's researchers expected the federal cloud budget to increase from $6.65 billion in 2014 to $11.46 billion by 2019, according to TechNewsWorld contributor John K. Higgins. A second study by Deltek confirmed this upward trend, although this report's final number differed from IDC's due to a disagreement over IT taxonomy.  Read More

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US improving cyberwar capabilities

Posted on March 02, 2016
Category: Cybersecurity

The U.S. government is taking some major steps to increase its digital presence on the battlefield. Military-grade hackers launched an assault against ISIS recently, utilizing denial of service attacks as well as other techniques to overload their computer and cellular networks, according to Government Technology contributor W.J. Hennigan. This marks the first time a country has openly admitted to committing an act of cyberwar.  Read More



Bringing a Truly Mobile Government to Life in 2013?

Posted on January 15, 2013 0 comments
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The benefits of mobile government are tremendous – from being able to better engage with citizens to providing the most cutting-edge devices for enabling government employees to be more productive and effective. So, will 2013 be the year that a mobile government comes to life?  Read More

Telework Becoming Core to Supporting Agencies’ Missions

Posted on January 10, 2013 0 comments
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Telework has become more prevalent within government agencies. The good news is the employees are pleased and satisfied according to studies. From the environment to the budget, the benefits are endless. According to the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the teleworkers are more productive, engaged and satisfied as compared to their on-site counterparts. Other benefits according to this report include reduced number of sick days, higher motivation, and greater workforce benefits. As a teleworker myself I completely agree with all of above.  Read More

We are living in an era where the rise of natural disasters, whether in the form of hurricanes, “Derechos,” or epic snow storms that we dub “snowmageddon,” can seriously impact a federal agency’s ability to meet mission goals. With massive power outages and road closings being very common in the aftermath of these types of storms, it is very difficult for government employees to remain productive during these challenging times.  Read More

Ensuring That BYOD Efforts Align with Mission Goals and Requirements

Posted on December 19, 2012 0 comments
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When looking back on 2012, key topics like big data, cybersecurity and cloud computing all rose to the top of all of our Google news searches. The one area that is of particular interest and will continue to dominate the government IT news cycle into 2013, is the bring your own device (BYOD) trend.  Read More

With 2012 winding down, we are coming into a forward-thinking time where predictions for 2013 are commonplace. And, although we face uncertainty with sequestration looming and the “fiscal cliff” still not being resolved, it is safe to say that government IT will experience a period of transformation as cybersecurity, big data, mobility and cloud solutions will grow in 2013 — according to two recent studies.  Read More

In October, we highlighted how the “Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act,” sponsored by Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), would have tremendous impact on the government IT sector. Since the legislation would condense IT authority under a single agency CIO, who would directly report to the Federal CIO, it aims to consolidate the way that government purchases IT solutions from industry vendors.  Read More

Telepresence Brings Effective Teleworking to Life for Federal Agencies

Posted on November 28, 2012 0 comments
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After President Obama passed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, many agencies have been preparing for a new horizon where government employees will be able to achieve more flexibility and productivity through telecommuting. Some of the key advantages of teleworking is the strengthening of COOP (Continuity of Operations), which greatly reduces infrastructure cost and improves the work-life balance of employees.  Read More

The age-old expression that it “takes a village” certainly rings true when it comes to providing the most effective solutions for government. Delivering a complete technology lifecycle has never been more important for government than it is today. Budgets are reducing with mission requirements staying the same.  Read More

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Does SuperStorm Sandy make you rethink Desktop Virtualization?

Posted on November 02, 2012 0 comments
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Superstorm Sandy threatened the Eastern seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine causing the federal government to close down on Monday and Tuesday. The storm finally made landfall Monday night, leaving record power outages, mass flooding and electrical fires in its wake. Does Desktop Virtualization solve user’s ability to work during emergency situations?  Read More

On September 20th, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), released his draft legislation, the “Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.” This bill is different than most “information technology” legislation, because, if enacted, it has the potential to greatly impact the entire Federal IT sector including government employees and solution developers, service integrators and value added resellers (VARS).  Read More