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What can artificial intelligence do for the government?

Posted on June 08, 2016

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


What is the future of the driverless car?

Posted on June 02, 2016

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


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


Why federal IT modernization is a big deal

Posted on April 21, 2016

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


Should government hop on board the chatbot bandwagon?

Posted on April 14, 2016

Chatbots may be the next big thing in tech, and the technology could prove enormously beneficial in the public arena. Chatbots, although just known as bots for short, are a form of artificial intelligence, noted Hannah Francis, a Technology Reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald. A bot works by executing a command and formulating a particular response depending on what is typed in as the input.  Read More


New tool helps organizations better visualize federal data

Posted on April 12, 2016

In order to help both private companies and public agencies better make sense of publicly-available data, a team of academics and consultants have teamed up to create a tool that visualizes and more effectively displays this information. The tool is called Data USA, and it provides a search engine-like interface to help interested parties learn more about locations, occupations, industries and more. The site also includes pre-made breakdowns to make it easy to determine everything from the highest earning jobs in real estate to the racial breakdown of poverty levels in Flint, Michigan. Data USA is still fairly new, so additional data and pre-made filters will likely continue to be added to it in the coming months and years.  Read More


To help ensure mobile app developers don't run afoul of the law, a consortium of federal agencies recently created a tool that provides helpful guidance on health-related laws and compliance. The Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool was created as a joint effort between the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Civil Rights. It is a simple, interactive checklist for those developing health-related apps to make sure their program is following various laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Read More


White House embraces open source coding

Posted on April 07, 2016

As part of a broader effort to boost innovation and reduce costs across the board, the White House recently announced a new initiative that will make the code for all federal government software open sourced and available to everyone. In a late March blog post announcing the initiative, federal CIO Tony Scott said that going forward, all software that is designed or used only by federal agencies must have its source code be freely available. This will enable innovation, he said, by allowing a wider variety of parties to tinker and improve on government software. It also aligns federal government IT efforts more closely with private sector best practices. Plus, it hopefully eliminates the need to have to purchase multiple software licenses for different agencies, helping to streamline costs across the board.  Read More


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


For years, the only place to actually get work done was in the office. An employee could expect to be able to get a certain amount of their duties done at home, but this was a rare occurrence and certainly didn't pertain to a full-day's work. Advancements in technology have changed this, with more organizations beginning to allow employees to complete tasks outside the office.  Read More


It would appear that California is attempting to make a more transparent government by creating an open data portal for the entire state. This portal would put multi-agency data under a single umbrella, allowing the Golden State's citizens to have an in-depth look at what kind of information has been collected by each department.  Read More


Big data strategies in law enforcement

Posted on January 25, 2016

As big data continues its mainstream ascent, a variety of industries and verticals will continue to search for new and innovative ways to make the most of the vast quantities of information available in cyberspace. According to recent research by the IDC, the big data technology and services market is forecast to see a 23.1 percent compound annual growth rate through 2019. Most of this growth will be driven by businesses as they attempt to adopt analytics tools and software that will help them identify new value propositions.  Read More


Government technology trends in 2016

Posted on January 20, 2016

The federal government has been struggling over the course of the past few years to stay in stride with evolving technology trends. Various initiatives such as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) have been conceived specifically for this purpose, and while 2015 saw it's fair share of successes, agencies were also confronted with several big setbacks.  Read More


Can technology improve perceptions of government in the US?

Posted on January 08, 2016

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


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


Federal agencies are targeting the IT talent gap

Posted on November 30, 2015

Of all the cyberattacks over the course of the past few years, the Office of Personnel Management breach has arguably weighed the heaviest on federal officials. Earlier this year, an estimated 21 million former and current government employees had personal information pilfered as a result of the OPM incident. The breach also resulted in biometric data of more than 5 million government employees being exposed to cybercriminals.  Read More


Massachusetts turns to tech for improvement of public services

Posted on November 24, 2015

State and local governments are doing their part in improving life for residents through the adoption of new technology. Nebraska is expected to save millions of dollars over the next decade thanks to data center consolidation. Baltimore is trying to improve quality of life for its residents with big data strategies. San Francisco is improving the morning commute by using real-time video surveillance.  Read More


Federal CIOs have their work cut out for them

Posted on November 17, 2015

The federal government is currently identifying ways to maximize the efficiency of federal IT infrastructure. So far, data center consolidation, cloud migration and big data strategies have all been addressed as ways in which federal agencies can save money on IT budgets while improving operational efficiency.  Read More


Connecticut improves public transit with real-time data

Posted on November 10, 2015

State and municipal governments across the U.S. are looking for new ways to make the most of technology, both as a way to cut costs and to improve daily life for residents. For example, in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is employing big data strategies in an effort to improve quality of life for the city's estimated 622,793 residents. Meanwhile, Seattle is using big data to create real-time crime maps, and San Francisco is employingsurveillance cameras to improve the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of people.  Read More


Federal IT leaders push for innovation

Posted on November 02, 2015

Federal IT infrastructure has been targeted for serious renovations for a while now. The Cloud First Initiative, which kicked off in 2011, represented one of the first earnest attempts to virtualize federal IT services and encourage data center consolidation. However, execution has been slow out of the gates. Many agencies continue to adamantly distrust the cloud, and are holding fast to legacy technologies, despite continual prodding from the highest-ranking federal IT leaders.  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

Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support Your Data Demands?

Posted on November 13, 2020 0 comments

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


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


What Are The Implications of 5G Technology?

Posted on August 26, 2020 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The term 5G simply implies the 5th generation of mobile network technology. And it’s fast, with a theoretical upper limit 10 Gigabits per second. The potential uses for this new technology are just beginning to be understood, possibilities are endless!  Read More


Data Protection Services

Posted on January 15, 2019 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

It is more important than ever for organizations to protect their data and address compliance, without disrupting employee and company productivity. With GDPR, the California Privacy Act, and the Data Protection Act of 2018, organizations now have regulations that mandate how their data is secured. Every organization must take a serious look at how they are protecting their data and align their data protection and compliance strategy with government mandates.  Read More


RSA Conference 2019

Posted on January 08, 2019 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

As cyber attacks have become an ever present occurrence many agencies are still not prepared to prevent all threats. UNICOM Government together with Dell EMC will be showcasing our joint security solution at RSA 2019 that encompasses network and data center security solutions protect high value data and data center resources with threat defense, highly secure virtualization, segmentation and policy control.  Read More


IT Modernization in the Trump Age

Posted on April 18, 2017 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The Federal government is losing billions of dollars each year funding legacy systems. A report from IDC Government Insights shows that some agencies allocate upwards of 90 percent of their IT budgets to operations and maintenance. And, in a recent MeriTalk article, the Government Accountability Office’s Head Gene Dodaro noted legacy IT systems pose a serious obstacle to cybersecurity best practices. The answer is clear: Modernization.  Read More

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