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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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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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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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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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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

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Federal organizations are caught between a rock and a hard place with cybersecurity. On the one hand, they are increasingly vulnerable to different types of attacks coming in from online criminals that attempt to steal information off of their servers. On the other hand, it is increasingly difficult for them to keep up with the different ways they can be hit. Because organizations have a limited IT budget, it is impossible for them to stretch it out long enough to use every single security system out there. This leaves these groups vulnerable to being attacked.  Read More

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The outlook on cybersecurity is bleak. Although it isn’t necessarily obvious from looking at the amount of popular coverage it gets, criminals are overwhelmingly winning the cybersecurity war. This is due to a number of complex factors, but primarily it is because individual businesses don’t have an effective means of defending themselves. Up-to-date and secure data storage is so expensive that most companies don’t have the means to hide it properly from criminals. However, nearly every business and governmental agencies have information that needs to be protect.  Read More

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Federal IT services are frequently dealing with a large amount of security concerns. After all, it is the nature and job of these types of individuals to have to stor data that could be very damaging if accessed by hackers. Yet, cybersecurity concerns have grown more heated than ever. Thanks to recent high-profile hacks on major companies, the public consciousness about cybersecurity has been roused.  Read More

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Organized crime, not simple ego and games played by children, is the result of modern hacks on most companies. With this perspective. it is necessary for agencies to be sure to protect themselves and their partners by safeguarding their data. It is, unfortunately, very easy to wind up acccruing hundreds of thousands of dollars and damages due to the havoc that can be wreaked by someone with full access to a given network. It is therefore incredibly important that users and vendors take care to protect themselves and their data by making use of good security strategies.  Read More

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Can you be too secure?

Posted on February 01, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Agencies that are interested in protecting their data must go through a delicate balancing act. While it is important for everyone within an organization to be security conscious and aware, policies that are too limiting can quickly cause a group to lose favor and ultimately harm the functioning of the agency far more than an attack ever would. This may be why, in part, so many groups are looking for tech talent. People with expert skills can light the way for an organization to take a security path that’s sensible without being overbearing. Especially since many agencies are utilizing big data strategies in order to get the maximum value from their centers, it makes sense to find talent that can provide the security necessary to keep a company floating.  Read More

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At this point, everyone understands the risk that agencies face in terms of cyberattacks. There are simply so many different kinds of threats organizations face that preparing to take on all of them is a massive undertaking. Despite this, big data strategies for local government offices are necessary to improve the quality of civil services for citizens. What this means is that local entities need to be able to better protect the servers they have housing their important data. For citizens, officials and professionals alike, security has become even more serious. The issue now is not whether or not groups should develop their own ways to defend their servers, but how their troves of data should be defended. With serious consideration going toward both the use of older types of protection like an Antivirus program, and modern-day methods of detection like endpoint threat response software, it is likely that agencies will see their servers increasingly layered by barricades against attacks.  Read More

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U.S. organizations are in a current state of security crisis. What has long simmered underneath the public’s radar has now emerged as major cybersecurity problems that people are beginning to realize are endemic to the way things are done. Information is connected to the point that everyone has the potential to have their data compromised, and this means that agencies must act to protect people’s security. Government agencies, specifically, need to pay attention to the rising standards that must be met in order to keep not only their own data safe, but the information that they process as well. The political will is currently there, across the board, for broader security standards for both the private and public sector, and it is likely that cybersecurity bills will pass during the upcoming House and Senate sessions.  Read More

Many organizations have become well-acquainted with the disaster scenarios that present themselves when they are hacked. The series of high profile attacks made on companies, agencies and even individuals by hackers and those who seek to disclose private information have left everyone a little bit more aware of security. What this means for the average institution is that it is no longer enough to get by with outdated methods of security.  Read More

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While this is hard to hear for many agencies, data breaches are inevitable. Information kept on servers that are connected in any way to the Internet are inherently insecure, and there is little to nothing that can be done in order to prevent them from being broken into. Security at this point should not be measured in terms of “safe” versus “unsafe” but “likely to be hacked” and “unlikely to be hacked.”  Read More

Cybersecurity continues to be a major topic for all federal agencies. Although many agencies have been working on their defensive systems for avoiding the threat of potential criminal or terrorist attacks on their servers, there is still much work to be done. A recent study by the Obama administration has found that most agencies have fallen short of guidelines put in place over recent years, even though these agencies have grown more eco-friendly. For instance, the cybersecurity Coss-agency priority goal was 95 percent for continuous monitoring, and agencies only managed to achieve 92 percent. Government cloud services could specifically use strong monitoring software in order to make sure that they are not hit by the various types of attacks that frequently can damage or take information from government-run offices.  Read More

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Cybersecurity as a subject is always cloaked in mystery when it isn’t dry and technical. Two recent developments may let some organizations wish that they had a little bit more privacy with regard to their information, while others wish they had more insight into future growth. Understanding how to make use of modern advancement in safety on the technical side of things is difficult for many organizations, but essential. In order to protect themselves and their clients, organizations need to be able to develop the systems necessary to thwart, or at least detect, intrusions on their networks.  Read More

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Cybersecurity is comparable more to an arms race than traditional security, due to the way that hackers and IT professionals must continually test their methods of attacking and defending against the latest strategies used by their opponents. Virtual machines and partitioned sandbox servers let those working on defense hire white hat hackers to crack their networks on purpose in order to expose weaknesses. Faked servers are used by hackers in the same way to test ways of getting information without being detected. In order to stay ahead of attackers, those who are focused on defense need to continue to push ahead.  Read More

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Federal agencies should be ready to increase their cybersecurity over the coming years. Recent high-profile hacks have caused widespread panic over the insecurity of U.S. companies, so finding out exactly how to create a powerful system of defense for groups that host sensitive data has been a major priority. Because there are so many different ways that hackers can attempt to seek access to servers in organizations in the U.S., there are many bases that must be covered. Utilizing top-tier technology and strategies like cloud migration may be in the future for agencies with the need to store and process secure data.  Read More

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Understanding the dangers of communication online has never been easier, thanks to a series of high-profile communication leaks. While many people still treat email as though it were merely an upgraded version of letters, and not as a separate entity, current stakes call for better security for those collaborating online. The amount of potential risk that can occur when people are working together on a project that is then leaked online is much larger than it used to be with letters, simply due to the amount of people who could potentially be listening in.  Read More


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An organization’s ability to adapt to change is key to ensuring they stay focused on achieving mission success. With an ever-changing technology landscape, having a strategy that can quickly adjust, and grow with your organization’s needs, is essential. The government has many options when it comes to acquiring technologies and services required to satisfy mission goals. Avoid costly upfront purchase costs and clearly understand our total cost of ownership from the beginning.  Read More

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In a World of Ever Growing Servers; What Is Serverless?

Posted on June 24, 2021 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Serverless computing is the logical conclusion of virtualization, separating where code is run from what the code is running on. Using conventional architecture increasing scalability requires ever increasing complexity and capacity, often driving costs at an exponential rate. Serverless allows scaling to the limit that you set, with costs growing at a linear rate. A system that supports a million users requires the same level of effort as an application intended only for a dozen.  Read More

Why Federal IT Modernization is a Big Deal

Posted on April 08, 2021 0 comments
Category: Technology

Businesses across all industries have been traditionally reluctant to migrate to new technologies and processes while leaving behind their tried-and-true practices. Sectors that are heavily regulated are even harder to sell on modernizing their hardware and software infrastructures due to the amount of considerations and challenges that can be introduced. It's no surprise, then, that the federal government has been slow to upgrade and is still gradually making changes to its IT portfolio.  Read More

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Staying Secure in an Always Connected World

Posted on January 29, 2021 0 comments
Category: Cyber Security

According to a recent Cisco report, the number of connected devices per person worldwide will rise 50% from 2.4 in 2018 to 3.6 by 2023. And, at the same time – as we all well know - the days of a government employee logging on just during traditional business hours, in one building, on one or two devices, is over. People bring the “constantly connected” mindset from their personal lives, to work. This mindset forms the expectations that they will have the ability to access all the information they require – anywhere, anytime. For government security teams, it’s a love-hate relationship. On the upside, there are huge productivity benefits. And new opportunities for insights with the data collected and shared. But, as the volume and the variety of connected devices increases, so do potential cyber vulnerabilities.  Read More

M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020 0 comments

The M-19-21 memorandum mandates that all records are created, converted and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in electronic format by end of 2022. The need, however, does not make the reality any easier to embrace.  Agencies must both find a way to convert legacy records from paper to digital, and put in place processes that ensure all records going forward are created digitally.  Working with constrained budgets, needing to educate personnel, having to develop new processes and choosing the appropriate technology, all contribute to the complexity of achieving this goal by the established deadline.   Read More

It is said that data runs today's world, and we could argue that it is not an exaggerated statement. From important business decisions to process optimization, everything today is data driven. Data has become a necessity of life. Everyone is pursuing increasing volumes of data, but very few understand that this quest for more data must be closely tied to effective, state-of-the-art datacenters. With the growing demand for data, there needs to be an underlying infrastructure that can host queries, process inputs, and feed relevant information, on pace with modern needs. Prevalent IT infrastructures are insufficient; therefore, to make sure that super-fast data communication is done with negligible latency, the establishment of hyper-converged infrastructure is inevitable.  Read More

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How Secure Is Your Server Hardware?

Posted on October 13, 2020 0 comments
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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