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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


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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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What is the future of the driverless car?

Posted on June 02, 2016 0 comments

There have been a lot of technological advancements since the beginning of the 21st century. However, few are as incredible as the driverless car. An innovation once thought relegated to the realm of science fiction, autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming a reality. Multiple companies have made serious efforts within the field, with many more doing everything they can to catch up with the trend.  Read More

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Microsoft grant to help community gain Internet access

Posted on May 30, 2016 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Microsoft has been deeply committed to charity recently. The tech giant has all kinds of altruistic campaigns, with an entire section of its website being devoted to the company's philanthropic acts. Although Microsoft has its fingers in a lot of pies, perhaps its most interesting endeavor is its commitment to connecting the world.  Read More

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Defense has always been a major issue for the U.S. government. Keeping the American people safe from threats both at home and abroad is vital, and this importance shows in the national budget. Out of the $1.1 trillion allocated in fiscal year 2015 discretionary spending, $598.5 billion went toward the military. That's 54 percent of the budget, clearly showing how important defense is to the U.S. government.  Read More

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Since 2013, the U.S. government has been making major moves to improve overall IT functions. With the rapid expansion of technological advancement hitting every section of the public sector, it became clear that there were major inefficiencies within modern agencies. In fact, Congress created the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act to ensure that each department was doing everything it could to better their current IT situation.  Read More

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The future of the cloud in government

Posted on May 16, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government work is all about efficiency. With so many people relying on the work of local public sector employees, ensuring tasks are completed quickly and effectively is a major concern. One of the best ways to boost productivity is through the cloud. The private sector is already working heavily in a cloud-based environment, and many agencies are already beginning to see what this technology can do for them. But what exactly is the cloud doing for the government, and what will its future look like within public service?  Read More

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For the longest time, the only way to get an accurate description of how an event occurred was to have a witness describe it in its entirety. The problem with this is that people often forget what happened or lie for personal gain, which is why society had to declare that certain people were more trustworthy than others, with police officers being at the top of this hierarchy. However, recent developments are turning this notion on its head.  Read More

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Despite spending more on defense than any other country in the world, the U.S. is not safe from attack. Specifically, U.S. federal agencies are nowhere near prepared enough to hold back the onslaught of cyberattacks levied against the country every single day. In fact, government officials are beginning to realize the gravity of their current situation.  Read More

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How cyberwar can make and break the US government

Posted on April 28, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The landscape of war has dramatically changed over the years. Putting boots on the ground is no longer the only option countries have in terms of subduing enemies, and this fact could make all the difference in the near future. Cyberwar is increasingly becoming a convenient and powerful tool, as it has the potential for disrupting communications, gaining intel and generally ruining a group's day. It should be no surprise that the U.S. as well as other nations are gearing up to use this method as a long-term strategy in accomplishing their goals.  Read More