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How Secure Is Your Server Hardware?

Posted on October 13, 2020
Category: Cloud Computing

Security is always evolving and what worked yesterday will not necessarily work today. Security goes far beyond protecting software and networks. Securing your hardware is often overlooked and can have some costly implications, if it becomes compromised. Relying solely on firewalls to secure the infrastructure is bound to end in disaster.  Read More


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The cloud set for a big innovation boom

Posted on April 01, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The cloud, like the Internet of the early 2000s, is set for a big innovation boom. While many organizations are undervaluing how much the cloud can do for them, scrappy startups are beginning to provide large amounts of software-as-a-service options for a variety of customers. The popular conception of the cloud, of course, is as services designed for consumers, but it can be just as useful and for the business to business crowd.  Read More

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Those that work for the government have known for years that it has actually been ahead of many private businesses in terms of adopting current technology. Cloud computing for government agencies has become increasingly common, and this is just one example. Any other ways in which the government sector has been lagging behind are now becoming some of its stronger points in terms of technological acuity. As the rest of the technological world becomes increasingly mired in exclusive platforms and competitive design in software used to edge others out of a specific marketplace, federal systems are embracing some of the original elements of the “hacker” community. Specifically, open source software and its “information should be free” ethos are being used to help government workers get the most out of their cloud computing platforms.  Read More

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Cloud computing for government has always been about providing better services and access to information. For citizens utilizing government services, the cloud offers the opportunity for quicker access to information and more reliable, consistent uptime. There is a push toward allowing data to be constantly available not only to government workers but also for citizens, so the ultimate goal is to create something that works seamlessly. In fact, some organizations are beginning to invest in something called seamless computing, which may be the next generation of services for agencies that are currently using cloud computing. Seamless computing would allow video and voice calls to transfer between wireless providers’ networks and Wi-Fi.  Read More

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Federal agencies benefit from cloud mobility

Posted on March 03, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Federal agencies that are interested in moving to the cloud could reap major benefits if they are willing to change how they work. Many government organizations are utilizing the cloud right now for data storage, but are they using the cloud in such a way as to see real change? The opportunity to use cloud architecture to allow workers to work with each other in a more mobile fashion is right there for agencies that are willing to use it. Cloud models allow experimentation, automated server creation for new software and other useful things for agencies. The real question is why isn’t it being used more frequently?  Read More

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Many agencies want cloud computing for their local government operations. Because of the versatility of cloud servers and the way they dovetail with analytics-driven internal processes, many are utilizing this hardware for their business. However, it is not always easy for federal agencies to find the kinds of services that they need. Looking for a provider that is able to give an organization the attention and straightforward contract that is necessary to create a successful business relationship is difficult, and requires as much legal knowledge as it does technical. In order to solve this problem, many federal agencies will have to hunt to find the cloud providers that can give them the tools they need.  Read More

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The biggest threat to security may come from within

Posted on February 24, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Federal agencies are always worried about the security of their systems. They should be. The amount of organizations that have been hit by cybercrime has only gone up in recent years, and it will likely take even more public knowledge of the problems out there for more groups to take it seriously. Thankfully, there are some government IT solutions for those that want to defend their information while still being able to proceed as normal. There are many risks out there, but vigilance can allow organizations to limit their exposure to the most deadly attacks over time. In the end, it is more about damage prevention than actually blocking attacks.  Read More

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Utilizing big data may be an attractive option for many companies, but recent cybersecurity breaches have the public growing cold on the idea. Although there are many potential benefits from the use of these types of initiatives – including a greater understanding of public health, genetic risks in the development of chronic illness, and the obesity epidemic – big data use may become hard to sell to citizens. Government technology solutions unfortunately must rely on the public accepting these projects in order for any headway to be made. Many local agencies may want to use these new programs, but will they be able convince people of their safety?  Read More

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Risk analysis for local government agencies will soon become a little bit easier. A recent announcement from a senior Obama administration official said that the U.S. is forming a new cybersecurity agency. This federal group, known as the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, or CTIIC, will ‘connect the dots’ between different threats and agencies, to allow organizations to solve threats quickly. This group is also being designed to act as a method for companies to share information on possible threats without necessarily turning over civilian data to other agencies, in accordance with the wishes of various Internet freedom watchdog groups.  Read More

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Ultimately, the goal of any group’s security department is to keep their data from being compromised. This isn’t necessarily the same thing as preventing breaches – intrusions occur on all servers. Instead, the issue that government organizations need to be aware of is how to limit damage when an attack occurs. The best defense here does not consist of creating impenetrable servers, but storing information in such a way that its theft does as little damage as possible. To this end, encryption, strong security policies about data storage and good archival policies can protect a federal agency’s information better than anything else.  Read More