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FirstNet Holds Promise for First Responders, but Implementation Hinges on Overcoming Challenges

Among the many insightful sessions at the recent AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, perhaps one of the most anticipated by attendees was The FirstNet Strategic Program Roadmap in 2015. TJ Kennedy, Acting Executive Director, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), detailed the progress to date of FirstNet and shared other highlights of and information about the program and the anticipated procurement process. Ray Lehr, Maryland FirstNet Single Point of Contact, Mid-Atlantic Consortium

Federal CIOs Share IT Priorities, Challenges at AFCEA Homeland Security Conference

CIOs from across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came together for a roundtable where they shared their insights on IT initiatives, cyber security and other issues at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference sponsored by Juniper Networks. Panelists included Charles Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner and CIO, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment (ISE); Stephen Rice, Assistant Administrator for the

Weekly News Round-Up: Cyber Threats On the Rise

With cyber threats at an all-time high, federal agencies need to ensure that all classified military information and sensitive citizen data is secure from the ever-growing threat of cyber terrorism and the increasingly sophisticated ecosystem of bad actors. That can only be done by proactively adopting state-of-the-art cyber security solutions, preaching good cyber hygiene to government employees and keeping our agencies one step ahead of the constantly evolving cyber threat.

The Impact of the Network on Cloud Implementations

Cloud-first initiatives, federal datacenter consolidation initiatives and a need for increased mobility and flexibility have federal agencies looking to move to the cloud. Unfortunately for many of these agencies and their IT departments, the shift to the cloud isn’t as simple as they’d hope. In his recent presentation at the Juniper Fed Forum, Andy Ingram, the Vice President – Data Center and Cloud Center of Excellence at Juniper Networks, described

Weekly News Round-Up: Migrating to SDN

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) continues to be a major topic among the private and public sectors. The use of the technology in networks can increase efficiency, automation, and decrease downtime time while simultaneously making networks more secure. Below is a collection of SDN-focused articles that shows how federal IT leaders are embracing SDN across the federal government, and offers some tips for those looking to make SDN a part of their

PODCAST: The Factors Driving Government SDN Adoption

In a previous post on The Modern Network, we covered the results of a recent study released by Juniper Networks, General Dynamics IT and MeriTalk entitled, “Dawn of SDN Government.” According to the study, approximately 71 percent of respondents from the federal government claimed that they were either implementing SDN, or planning to do so in the future. To get additional clarity and background into the study results, and get

Weekly News Round-Up: Cyber Spending and Consolidation

The federal government can no longer afford to passively deal with the growing threat of cyber crime. National awareness is at an all-time high thanks to a number of high-profile breaches, and cyber security is now a top concern. But with tightening budgets, agencies needs to make the right appropriations and consolidate resources when possible, whether that be by increasing the cybersecurity budget or building data centers: VA IT Budget