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
The world’s leading operating system and a popular software program were recently found to have serious security flaws, enabling foreign hackers to breach U.S. State Department and White House computers and spy on foreign diplomats. Unclassified, but sensitive data was stolen from White House computers in particular. Read More
In recent years, the public’s growing concern over surveillance and what it means for their privacy is an issue being faced by many agencies across federal, state and local governments. From 2015 to 2020, the global data center security market is projected to increase by acompound annual growth rate of 11.4 percent, according to a recent release from RnR Market Research. The need for secure data storage environments has always been implicit, but awareness of exactly how secure private information is has skyrocketed into the public eye and mind with recent developments relating to the FBI and National Security Agency, among others. Read More
Cloud computing with virtualization could mean serious advantages for government agencies. Server virtualization offers immense benefits to organizations seeking to consolidate data and cut down on physical equipment and maintenance costs. It also offers flexibility in data storage and analysis. Similarly, the cloud is useful in the storage of data and automation of services for end users. Despite the similarities between the two, they are separate processes that, when combined, can offer enhanced benefits to users. Read More
In recent years, the use of big data in government has increased despite growing concerns about cybersecurity. According to Josh Helms, a fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government, a growing number of agencies have had success in adopting big data to perform tasks and better serve the populace. For example, the Food and Drug Administration is using big data to analyze and study patterns in foodborne illness; this database helps the FDA respond more quickly when issuing recalls for contaminated foods. With the uptick in government use of big data, now more than ever it is important to ensure interoperability across data sources, organizations and domains. Read More
The Internet of Things is a system that uses sensors and software to connect people, data and physical objects to the Internet. Consumers and businesses alike utilize tools considered part of the Internet of Things, such as Google’s Nest home temperature maintenance system or baby monitors that can be accessed from a smartphone. Benefits can include increased productivity, time management, and physical and mental security. Read More
Technology like unified communications systems and cloud computing can save government agencies money. Now there is evidence that these technologies cut costs in an even bigger way than previously thought. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Temple University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that for every dollar a state government spends on technology, it saves $3.50 in the long run in total expenditures. Read More
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
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
Lately there has been a marked shift toward trying to downsize the number of physical servers storing data for the federal government and thereby increase the efficiency of the existing data centers. According to the Federal Times, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon continues to move to a virtualized desktop model, which cuts costs and maintenance times. Gregory Garcia, manager of IT for the Pentagon and the Washington Headquarters Service, said that their goal to reach 80 percent usage of virtual desktop interfaces for the Joint Staff had been nearly met at the beginning of March. Read More
Cloud computing is currently going through exponential growth. This is because the market is only really now beginning to respond to the amazing benefits that the cloud has to offer organizations both large and small. As the first sets of groups that have come to use the cloud have been rewarded, there have been many more seeking to follow in their footsteps. This is natural, after all. Read More