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Weekly News Round-Up: The path to cybersecurity readiness: Audit, invest and recruit

Instead of cybersecurity strategy, this week’s news is all about data collection and skill building. Defense and civilian agencies have heightened concerns about cybersecurity, which limits the adoption rate of digital capabilities, according to a recent study. At DoD, investment plans for cyber defense continue to increase, even as the Pentagon IG launches an audit to gauge cyber readiness. At OPM, still reeling from last year’s security breach, the recruitment

Weekly News Round-Up: Federal agencies need more than smartphones to create enterprise mobility

As OMB moves to centralize mobile services contracts, encouraging agencies to “look to the existing…GSA wireless solution,” DISA, the Air Force and other organizations point out that smartphones alone do not address the legacy systems, privacy rules and acquisition policies that may prevent federal agencies from keeping up with trends like IoT (the Internet of Things) and moving toward true enterprise mobility. Cautious enthusiasm for OMB’s mobile consolidation plan The

Upcoming Webinar: Examine the Brave New World of Virtual Networks

Imagine a world where you could create full-scale networking communication services using software rather than hardware. That’s the idea behind the relatively new concept of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Organizations have quickly caught onto the idea of NFV and the benefits they can reap from it. NFV effectively reduces capital and operating expenses related to networking infrastructure in management while reducing the time frame for bringing new network services to

U.S. Air Force to modernize BITI program – embrace high performance network that is more open, automated and scalable

Yesterday, January 19 2016, it was announced that the United States Air Force awarded four contracts to IT solution providers Affigent and ThunderCat Technology to replace and modernize the U.S. Air Force’s network infrastructure. These prime contractors have chosen Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for these four contracts. Through respective alliances with the prime contractors, Juniper Networks switching technology will be installed on Air Force bases to

Weekly News Round-Up: Industry expert predicts data center of the future; OMB data optimization policy will more specifically define what a data center is

January is a time of predictions. This week, one industry expert shared a vision of the data center of the future, while also pointing out that for federal agencies, there may still be situations that require in-house data storage, even as the cloud trend continues to grow. It looks like data centers will need to be modernized to accommodate multiple types of future needs, and those efforts must begin today.

Weekly News Round-Up: GSA makes cloud transitions easier, DoD yet to define what constitutes a cloud solution

This week, federal adoption of cloud solutions made headlines as GSA, in light of an estimated $7 billion in cloud spending under the Obama administration, looked for ways to make cloud transitions easier for the agencies it serves. At the same time, DoD’s lack of a standard definition for cloud solutions makes it currently impossible to document and track current cloud implementations and spending.  GSA WANTS TO MAKE IT EASIER

Three trends for 2016: Automation and Virtualization; Convergence; and Cyber Security

Every year, technology prognosticators share visions of the technology sugarplums that may or may not come to fruition. This year, I have some practical predictions for federal agencies: three trends that will enable your organization to deliver more flexible, dynamic and optimized services within budget, acquisition and architecture constraints. Trend One: Automation and Virtualization As mentioned previously on The Modern Network, virtualization is one of the key enablers to transition