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DOD, Service Branches Say Cloud Migrations Will Depend on Missions, Interoperability

October 2, 2016 The Defense Department is going all-in on the cloud, according to DOD and service branch IT leaders, but how — and how quickly — the services and commands move applications to the cloud will depend on a variety of factors. The migrations will depend on their missions, how apps relate...

Education Department Prepares for the Mobile Workforce of the Future

October 2, 2016 The Department of Education focuses on helping schools teach and prepare students for the future. As it plans for its own IT future, the department is realizing that the workforce it will rely on into the next decade will be increasingly mobile and require flexible technology. Late last month the...

GSA Wants to Be One-Stop IT Modernization Shop, No Matter What Congress Does

October 2, 2016 Lawmakers in Congress continue to debate the best way to fund federal IT modernization. For the General Services Administration, the debate is almost beside the point: top GSA officials say they will partner with agencies to replace their outdated technology. GSA officials acknowledge that they need to engage in constructive...

The Future of Federal Cybersecurity Is in Predictive Security Intelligence

October 2, 2016 What if federal agencies could do more than just react to cybersecurity threats and data breaches and actually get out in front of them? That’s the world the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants for the executive branch. The use of predictive security tools, security intelligence and DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics...

DOD Aims to Make Cybersecurity a Fundamental Part of Its Tech Mission

September 26, 2016 The Defense Department is a major target for cyberattacks, so to the DOD is making cybersecurity an essential and basic part of its IT mission. The top IT leaders within the Pentagon meet weekly with DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen to discuss how effectively the service branches and other DOD components...

Software-Defined Data Centers Can Offer Agencies Savings, Flexibility

September 26, 2016 For federal agencies, the era of the software-defined data center (SDDC) is likely coming soon— how soon it arrives will depend on a number of factors, including how quickly agencies shift to virtualizing storage and networks and not just servers. It will also likely hinge on whether agencies embrace hardware...

To Make Data Centers Greener and Leaner, Feds Need to Start Planning Now

September 12, 2016 To meet new mandates to consolidate and make their data centers more efficient, federal agencies will need to start planning now to re-architect their data centers. They will also likely need to adopt virtualization of servers, networks and storage, more so than they have in the past. On Aug. 1,...

FedRAMP Certifies First Cloud-Based Unified Communications System

September 12, 2016 In the push to meet the federal government’s cloud-first mandate to adopt cloud-based services, agencies have moved email, enterprise applications and mission-specific apps to the cloud. Now, they will likely start migrating their unified communications (UC) systems there as well. Last month, the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization...

The Intelligence Community Moves Toward a More Secure, Integrated Cloud Environment

September 12, 2016 The intelligence community is known, of course, for focusing on data security, and as a group of agencies, it has been spotlighted recently as being more open to sharing data. Over the past few weeks it’s become clear that the IC wants to bring both approaches to bear as it...

The Federal Government Can Use Analytics to Save Lives

September 12, 2016 The federal government has operated the data.gov website since 2009 as a repository for data generated by federal agencies. The website lets users find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations and more. Yet data analytics is not often at the forefront...