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Software Lending Library Pilot: Using Next-Gen GB Network to Provide Small Businesses Access to Applications

When a small business, a start-up or a non-profit organization needs expensive software, they often must use a trial version, find a donor or cobble together a short-term solution to meet their needs.  However, for those whose employees or donors have Kansas City Public Library cards, they may soon be able to “borrow” software. Software Lending Library  is a concept that uses existing technologies, which, when combined with a next-generation

Podcast – Building Open and Converged Wireless and Wired Networks

Federal agencies are cutting the cord and going wireless. And there are many reasons why wireless is the wave of the future across the Federal Government. New applications are shifting mobile devices from entertainment devices to business productivity solutions. With simple – and often free – downloads from app stores, mobile devices can gain functionality and capabilities that can make employees more productive and effective in their jobs. Simultaneously, federal

Next-Generation Firewalls Secure 21st Century Schools

While digital learning has transformed K-12 education, enabling schools to offer enhanced learning environments and fostering better collaboration between schools and parents, this progress comes with challenges. Schools must be able to support today’s digital educational offerings while grappling with the security threats that accompany these next-generation learning tools. School districts are caught in a Catch-22: open networks up in unprecedented ways to take education to the next level while

The Need for Continuous Monitoring – an Interview with Tom Kupiec of SMS

In celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), The Modern Network is featuring interviews and articles focused on the threats facing federal networks today, and the technologies that can help keep essential infrastructure and data safe. In our last article, we featured part one of a Q&A interview with Tom Kupiec, the Chief Information Security Officer at system integrator and professional services firm, SMS. In part two of our

Gauging today’s Federal Threat Landscape – an Interview with Tom Kupiec of SMS

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which was introduced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance to raise awareness of cyber security threats among citizens, federal agencies and private enterprise. In recognition of this month, and in keeping with this year’s theme of, “our shared responsibility,” we reached out to thought leaders from across the security industry and asked them questions

Cybercrime Continues to Rise: Federal Agencies focus on Cybersecurity in October

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Executive Assistant Director, Robert Anderson, recently testified that every agency of the U.S. government has experienced cybercrime. According to Anderson, the FBI has seen an 80-percent increase in computer hacking cases since 2002 perpetrated by spies, international crime syndicates, and other bad actors. Organized cyber-attacks can lead to losses of personal information, intellectual property, trade secrets, and, of course, money. Because of the growing

The Best Practices of Federal Cloud Builders – a Q&A with William Brougham

The cloud has fundamentally changed information technology. Applications hosted in the cloud give organizations access to necessary systems and data from any location with an Internet connection, while making updates simple and seamless. Cloud storage and collaboration solutions have cut the chains tethering employees to their desks and ushered in an era of mobility and workplace flexibility. However, despite the benefits, not all agencies have rushed to embrace cloud solutions.