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
A new study from Bain & Company suggests enterprises are not properly utilizing the cloud. Of the companies surveyed, an average of only 18 percent of their workload is delivered through the cloud. This low percentage comes despite companies being fully aware of the advantages of the cloud, such as greater flexibility, a faster time to the market, streamlined development and reduced data center costs. Read More
As federal, state and local governments move toward the need for smarter processes along with the citizenry they serve, it’s important to be aware of current trends in technology that could affect the way agencies operate. The need for smarter tech is more apparent than ever, and made more appropriate because this kind of tech could lead to saving money and increasing productivity in the long run. Government agencies should familiarize themselves with a few distinct areas in current technology trends. Read More
Voice over IP is an integral part throughout government agencies today. This service, part of a unified communications solutions, can trace its roots to 1973, when the Network Voice Protocol was developed. This breakthrough allowed a team of researchers totransmit real-time voice over Arpanet, the early precursor to the Internet. Read More
Digital watches have come a long way since first being released in 1972. Watches have gradually become more computerized by providing more abilities and services to wearers than just time keeping. The evolution helps to explain why consumer electronic companies are banking on smartwatches becoming the next big personal tech item, after the smartphone and tablet. Read More
Support for Microsoft’s Windows XP officially ended April 8, 2014, though security updates for Windows Server 2003 will still be provided until July 2015. These updates will help IT departments keep systems secure while migrating towards new servers and a new operating system. Read More
According to a recent survey from global telecommunications service provide, Easynet, most companies are not getting the full benefits of unified communications. The firms surveyed understood the benefits of unified communications, as 60 percent said business efficiency improved, however, only 45 percent of respondents said business agility improved. Read More
Local and state governments have a few disadvantages regarding technology compared to the federal government: money and resources. The number of data centers the U.S. federal government operates has rapidly increased and become a burden. As a result, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was started and has been seeking to lower these figures and make government data centers more efficient. CIO.gov found many of the 7,000 federal data centers were using only 27 percent computing power, despite the extra costs associated with operating a data center. Read More
The U.S. House is expected to pass a bipartisan bill that will help combat cyberattacks, according to The New York Times. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act has already garnered the support of the president. The bill aims to push private companies to share information about hacking threats with other companies and the government. Read More