Featured Government Content

  1. White House Moves Toward Voluntary, Public-Private Collaboration For Cybersecurity
    7/16/2014

    The White House has signaled its tilt toward a cooperative and voluntary approach for protecting “critical infrastructure” assets from cyberattacks and breaches in a notice issued last month by cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel.

  2. Senate Advances Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
    7/16/2014

    Threats to cybersecurity are on the rise. Ransomware like Cryptolocker and Kovter has caused considerable loss of time and money for many companies. In an effort to protect the country from these growing online threats, The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3  on July 8 to advance a cybersecurity bill that “encourages private companies to share information about cyber threats with the federal government and each other and gives the companies liability protections for sharing information about and responding to cyber threats,” this according to The Hill.

  3. Copy Data Management Could Save Billions On Redundant Data
    7/16/2014

    A recent study has shown that improved copy data management could save government agencies billions of dollars currently being wasted on redundant copy data.

  4. Government IT News For VARs — July 14, 2014
    7/16/2014

    In the news this week, the Massachusetts Senate has passed an Information Technology Bond Bill worth $999 million, and new government cloud services are also moving closer to their projected 2015 rollout date.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General reveals how he approaches IT security in his department in an interview with Fed Tech, and the Amazon Drone project raises some interesting concerns, which one article hopes to place at rest. 

  5. NIST Forms New Cloud Working Groups
    7/15/2014

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced three public working groups to address cloud services, federated community cloud, and interoperability and portability. The working groups will bring together industry, government, and academic experts to address requirements laid out in the Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap.

  6. Enhanced Driver’s Licenses Gaining Traction
    7/10/2014

    For several years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working with states to enhance drivers’ licenses and other forms of identification to comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHIT). An enhanced drivers’ license (ELD) contains a RFID chips and a machine readable zone (MRZ) or bar code that can be scanned when RFID is not available.

  7. Government IT News For VARs — July 9, 2014
    7/9/2014

    This week, the White House is launching a new assessment of IT performance, while the federal Cybersecurity Framework was fundamental in responding to the Heartbleed bug. Also, the Civil Liberties Board faced harsh criticism in the wake of their latest report, while ID cards are experiencing a fundamental transformation. And, MicroSoft is attempting to recoup some of its losses after the NSA spying allegations.  

  8. Android Battling For The Mobile Field Service Market
    7/9/2014

    Android is making major advancements in the battle for mobile device supremacy in the field service market. Android gained a 62 percent of the overall market share of the mobile market in 2013 — and doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. The biggest advantage the Android OS has over the competition lies in the sheer number of devices that can use the OS. When it comes to price, Android devices cost less than any of the major competitor’s devices.

  9. The Fight For Net Neutrality And How It Affects VARs
    7/8/2014

    Net neutrality has become a hot topic among politicians and those interested in a free and unfettered Internet. According to a govtech.com article, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting public comment on a proposed rule that would exchange the Internet’s current data neutrality, “allowing prioritized traffic in instances where it is deemed ‘commercially reasonable.’” Businesses could pay Internet service providers (ISP) to have their content delivered at faster speeds.

  10. Open Data Roundtables Set Out To Make Data Accessible To Benefit Economy
    7/7/2014

    Open Data Roundtable meetings have begun, a step in the partnership of government agencies with industry to ensure that the data sets the government publishes directly benefit the economy.

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