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RAND Report Overview: The Defender’s Dilemma

Recent breaches like the massive OPM hack call current cybersecurity practices into question. As hackers become more skilled and better equipped, cybersecurity measures previously considered effective are becoming vulnerable.  As technology and security leaders focus an increasing portion of their attention to cybersecurity initiatives, will we soon be fighting cyber crime in a radically different way? To understand the current state of cybersecurity, and consider the most effective approaches for

Weekly News Round-Up: Federal Government Still Vulnerable to Attacks

The federal government is still trying to find its footing in the realm of cybersecurity. The recent OPM breach has made us feel a lot more vulnerable, and we’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, we have a long way to go. Below is a collection of articles highlighting some of the fallout that took place after the massive OPM breach, as well as some thought-leadership chronicling

Federal Tech Trends Podcast – a look at the federal datacenter of the future

There are multiple federal IT trends that are all converging and forcing federal agencies to reevaluate their current datacenter hardware and infrastructure. First, datacenter consolidation initiatives are forcing agencies to move workloads from disparate datacenters into single, converged datacenters that handle larger workloads and need more bandwidth. Simultaneously, BYOD initiatives and the Internet of things, which is ushering in an age of network-connected everything, is putting previously unfathomable strain on

Weekly News Round-Up: Data Center Consolidation and Network Security

Data consolidation is a way for IT leaders to free up more resources and focus on high priority issues and growing requirements, such as cyber security. In a challenging budget environment, data consolidation may be one way to maintain the same level of productivity, efficiency, and security. Below is a collection of data center-focused articles highlighting the latest news in the world of data center consolidation, as well as continued

Tight Budgets, Technology Changes Work Together To Change DISA Practices

The evolution of – or revolution in – IT has arrived at a perfect time for the Defense Department, which faces continued erosion of its budget and continued deployment of its manpower around the globe. At the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, a panel of Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) executives discussed how their organization is focusing on “the five C’s: Cyber, Cloud, Collaboration, Command and Control.” The

Weekly News Round-up: Impenetrable? Impossible.

OPM announces steps to protect federal workers, but “perfect security” doesn’t exist, and encryption debates raise the question of security vs. liberty As OPM scrambles to put people and processes in place to address a recent cyber-attack, experts in the private sector agree that “perfect security” would make it impossible for government agencies to carry out their missions Making the government impenetrable to hackers impossible, experts say OPM Director Katherine

Military Looks to Improve Security by Making Cyber Attacks Harder for Perpetrators

The CIO of the Defense Department and the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency are on the same page when it comes to cyber security and the threat landscape. Terry Halvorsen, the DoD CIO, told the audience at AFCEA’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore that the military has to find a way to put pressure on cyber foes. “We have to get to a point where we can