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
Every day, government agencies are using technology to improve the lives of the public they serve. Health care, energy use, pollution control and general well-being of the people in their jurisdictions can all be made better through the use of smart innovations. Government technology solutions like the integrated apps and cloud computing can be crucial tools as agencies seek to better provide services and promote civic engagement. Read More
It seems like wearable technology is everywhere these days. The Apple Watch is one of the frontrunners in the industry, along with Google Glass and others like it. These kinds of devices are popular among the public already: according to Reuters, the Apple Watch had already sold 2.79 million units as of mid-June, and the numbers keep rising. People are using these devices for everything from shopping to activity tracking, but how can federal, state and local government organizations benefit from the big data generated by wearable tech as well? Read More
Federal, state and local agencies are continuing to realize the benefits of the Internet of Things. This network of interconnected sensors can potentially deliver valuable data on all kinds of public concerns. The IoT adds to the growing wellspring of government big data, helping agencies realize community improvement goals and strengthen civic engagement. Read More
Many state and local government agencies are making the switch to cloud computing, and they are reaping the benefits across the board. According to a recent report from Forbes, many organizations are moving to a true “cloud first” orientation, beginning to host more data and applications in the cloud. Slowly but surely, more agencies are reporting that they have experienced cost savings, scalability and outstanding levels of data security when they started implementing government cloud computing strategies. Read More
Government organizations of all levels are making the shift to virtualized desktop environments, with federal agencies leading the way. The Joint Staff at the Pentagon made the effort to convert to a virtualized desktop model in 2014, and the U.S. Army is now making that switch, according to Federal Times. There are distinct advantages of government virtualization. Here is a quick guide. Read More
Interdepartmental data sharing is one way to improve relationships within government agencies and, as a result, positively impact community relations down the road. Proper government data management is crucial to maintaining many federal, state and local systems and to bolstering communities affected by these agencies. Big data and open data work together to strengthen communications between departments and thus give agencies the information they need to best serve the public. Read More
In the last few weeks, whenever someone mentions the government, it has probably been in relation to cybersecurity. While things haven’t been looking very good in the wake of a data breach affecting millions of employee records stored by the Office of Personnel Management, federal CIOs are trying to change the tune. Many agencies have been trying to improve their cybersecurity efforts for some time now, but outdated requirements and insufficient funding have hampered their attempts. Now, however, change is coming as the deadline to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act draws near. Read More
Just when it looked like the aftermath of the Office of Personnel Management data breach couldn’t get any worse, the largest U.S. federal workers union announced this week that it was suing the OPM, two of the agency’s top officials and an agency contractor. Read More
A new report released by application security firm Veracode revealed this week that practically every industry failed to meetsector-specific standard security testing of Web and mobile applications being used for business processes. However, government agencies did the worst on the tests by far, with less than one-quarter of applications passing. The next worst performing industry was retail and hospitality, with 30 percent of applications in compliance with regulatory standards. Read More
In recent years the general public has seen many things that were once considered far-fetched or within the realm of fiction become reality, especially where cybersecurity is concerned. One such case is that of the increasing use of facial recognition software. Once thought to exist purely within the world of James Bond or other super spies, facial recognition software is becoming a widely used tool to help fight against fraud and cybercrime. Now the government is making facial recognition a main component in its efforts to reduce identity theft, illegal immigration and terrorism. Read More