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Weekly News Round-Up: Streamlining Federal IT With Consolidation and SDN

With limited resources to manage and secure their network infrastructure, the federal government is looking to consolidate a vast amount of data centers in the next few years. Consolidating resources has obvious financial and managerial benefits; by freeing up other resources, agencies can focus on more critical issues, like cyber security, ensuring that their data centers are more secure than ever. Below is a collection of data center-focused articles highlighting

Three Reasons Software-Defined Networking is Streamlining DOD IT

This article originally appeared online on Defense Systems. At the 2014 Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., Terry Halvorsen, then-acting CIO (now CIO) of the Defense Department, addressed the growing importance of software-defined networking (SDN) in government. “We have to embrace the software-defined mission of where we have to go with the networks – that includes all the infrastructure,” Halvorsen said, adding that doing so would enable agencies to “respond to

Weekly News Round-Up: Cybersecurity and the Importance of Information Sharing

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, efficiently sharing information with partners, preaching good cyber hygiene to government employees, and keeping our agencies one step ahead of

Challenge of Maintaining Security on a Budget, Private/Public Partnerships Top Themes at Recent AFCEA Conference

Cyber security, doing more with less, and the importance of public-private partnerships were all themes that ran throughout the recent AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine communication was also a  topic  addressed on several panels, as this innovative technology is poised to offer both opportunities and challenges to all agencies, from those charged with protecting the homeland to those whose missions involve serving citizens in

Weekly News Round-Up: Data Centers and Consolidation

With limited resources to manage and secure increasingly complex and data-rich networks, the federal government is looking to consolidate a vast amount of data centers in the next few years. Consolidating resources has obvious financial and managerial benefits; by freeing up other resources, agencies can focus on more critical issues, like cyber security, ensuring that their data centers are more secure than ever. Below is a collection of data center-focused

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

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