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
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
On March 20, the U.S. Air Force established Task Force Cyber Secure, a group that hopes to take a look at the Air Force and determine challenges of the cyberspace domain in areas such as synchronization, operations and governance. Read More
It’s not just businesses that are moving to the cloud. The utility of the cloud has offered many organizations the opportunity to make use of its quick access to data. Thanks to the flexibility in delivering IT services and the cloud’s ability to allow groups to sidestep the costs of refreshing aged infrastructure, many are finding reasons to make use of it within their long-term strategies. The cloud provides both large businesses and small agencies the opportunities they need to save money while developing a more efficient relationship to information. Read More
Most organizations that are interested in moving to the cloud are at least partially motivated by the savings it offers. There’s good reason for this – when compared with the total cost of ownership of supporting a network infrastructure and servers, the cloud can quickly pull ahead as the more affordable option. Read More
The cloud, like the Internet of the early 2000s, is set for a big innovation boom. While many organizations are undervaluing how much the cloud can do for them, scrappy startups are beginning to provide large amounts of software-as-a-service options for a variety of customers. The popular conception of the cloud, of course, is as services designed for consumers, but it can be just as useful and for the business to business crowd. Read More
Those that work for the government have known for years that it has actually been ahead of many private businesses in terms of adopting current technology. Cloud computing for government agencies has become increasingly common, and this is just one example. Any other ways in which the government sector has been lagging behind are now becoming some of its stronger points in terms of technological acuity. As the rest of the technological world becomes increasingly mired in exclusive platforms and competitive design in software used to edge others out of a specific marketplace, federal systems are embracing some of the original elements of the “hacker” community. Specifically, open source software and its “information should be free” ethos are being used to help government workers get the most out of their cloud computing platforms. Read More
Cloud computing for government has always been about providing better services and access to information. For citizens utilizing government services, the cloud offers the opportunity for quicker access to information and more reliable, consistent uptime. There is a push toward allowing data to be constantly available not only to government workers but also for citizens, so the ultimate goal is to create something that works seamlessly. In fact, some organizations are beginning to invest in something called seamless computing, which may be the next generation of services for agencies that are currently using cloud computing. Seamless computing would allow video and voice calls to transfer between wireless providers’ networks and Wi-Fi. Read More
Federal agencies that are interested in moving to the cloud could reap major benefits if they are willing to change how they work. Many government organizations are utilizing the cloud right now for data storage, but are they using the cloud in such a way as to see real change? The opportunity to use cloud architecture to allow workers to work with each other in a more mobile fashion is right there for agencies that are willing to use it. Cloud models allow experimentation, automated server creation for new software and other useful things for agencies. The real question is why isn’t it being used more frequently? Read More
Many agencies want cloud computing for their local government operations. Because of the versatility of cloud servers and the way they dovetail with analytics-driven internal processes, many are utilizing this hardware for their business. However, it is not always easy for federal agencies to find the kinds of services that they need. Looking for a provider that is able to give an organization the attention and straightforward contract that is necessary to create a successful business relationship is difficult, and requires as much legal knowledge as it does technical. In order to solve this problem, many federal agencies will have to hunt to find the cloud providers that can give them the tools they need. Read More