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Internet2 Technology Exchange to Explore IT for data-intensive Research

Next week’s Internet2 2014 Technology Exchange, hosted by Indiana University, will be a forum for technical visionaries and IT thought leaders to discuss the challenges that data-intensive research poses to IT network administrators at research and education facilities. Hosted by the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2 will include formal talks, panel discussions, and meetings on a variety of topics such as security; trust, identity and middleware applications;

DDoS Attacks on Schools are on the Rise: Is Your District Prepared?

In K-12 education, online assessments are increasingly becoming the norm and will become mission critical as states across the country implement the Common Core Standards this 2014-2015 school year.  In tandem, cyber-attacks on schools are on the rise. According to Gartner and other researchers, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on schools not only are increasing, but also are becoming more highly targeted, deliberate, sophisticated, and difficult to detect. These

Podcast – Empowering federal cloud builders

Last week, experts from the public and private sectors came together to discuss federal cloud adoption at an event entitled, “Strategies for Creating Cloud Builder Organizations Across the Government.” These experts shared best practices for embracing cloud in the enterprise, analyzed the benefits of cloud implementations and talked about the technologies enabling cloud adoption. The individual that delivered the opening and closing remarks at the event was The Modern Network’s

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