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Feds To Improve Threat Information Sharing
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Project Interoperability aims to develop and standardize formats for sharing security and threat information among organizations.
Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns To Courthouse
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?
Federal Agencies Win Awards For Innovative IT
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
IRS teleconferencing service noted as example of how IT has improved services to the public in spite of budget constraints.
NASA Solicits Concepts For Asteroid-Capture Mission
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
Zen & The Art Of Service-Oriented IT
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
For IT, public cloud providers pose stiff competition. You must compete on quality.
Amazon Cloud Services Wins DoD Authorization
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Amazon gets provisional operating authorization to sell cloud services to the Defense Department for work involving low-risk unclassified data.
DARPA Next-Gen Aircraft: Sneak Peek
Slideshows  |  3/27/2014  | 
Four companies vie to develop a new breed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly twice as fast.
Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
It's time for Americans to worry more about the Luddites quashing tech innovation and progress, and worry less about job-stealing robots and privacy-invading smart meters.
Defense Department Deputy CIO Carey Stepping Down
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Robert Carey, who played active role in transforming federal IT practices, retires from key DOD post. Successor not named.
DOD Pushes Toward Joint Information Environment
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
The US Army makes progress but faces hurdles in an effort to modernize DOD and military networks, says the Joint Staff CIO.
Agencies See Big Data As Cure For Healthcare Ills
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Federal healthcare agencies believe big data will improve the nation's health -- but few are prepared to use it, a study finds.
Microsoft Office For iPad: 5 Big Questions
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Will the much-anticipated productivity suite, expected to be revealed Thursday, be a hit with customers? Watch these five factors.
Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers.
Defense Department Deploys Secure Cloud Service
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
MilCloud provides military with on-demand infrastructure and network management tools through web-based interface.
CIO's Real Boss: The Customer
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
As customers become more engaged with business through mobile and social, the CIO must help nurture that relationship.
Windows XP: Feds Brace For End Of Support
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
Roughly one in ten US government PCs still use Windows XP. They will be more vulnerable to attacks when XP support ends on April 8.
Canadian Government Aims For Single Email System
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
Shared Services Canada cuts costs and improves efficiency by consolidating basic IT services across much of the Canadian federal government.
Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Failure: Blame Runs Deep
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
Postmortem report confirms diagnosis of weak project oversight, unrealistic goals, and poor performance by Oracle.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Still Sick
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
HealthCare.gov has recovered from its rocky start. So why are state exchanges -- opened by enthusiastic supporters of the Affordable Care Act -- still suffering?
Feds & The Cloud: Management Approach Must Evolve
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Cloud services change how federal agencies acquire, fund, and use IT services. IT managers must realize they're buying a service, not technology.
Patent Wars: No Simple Answers
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
ICANN Move Doesn't Equal Net Armageddon
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
After Obama administration announces plans to give up US control of ICANN, political partisans howl. But international governance makes sense.
Microsoft Office For iPad: 8 Facts
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
After years of rumors, Office for iPad could arrive before the end of the month. Here's what we know.
Navy Eyes Cloud Storage
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
In effort to trim $1.3 billion from IT, Navy proposes placing most non-classified data into commercial cloud offering.
Internet Of Things Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Microsoft Surface 2 With LTE: Winner For Mobile Pros?
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Microsoft's Surface 2 is now equipped for LTE connections -- but still must compete with iPad Air.
Agencies Earn Poor Grades For FOIA Handling
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Open government policies and IT advances haven't translated into better responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, says the Center for Effective Government.
Federal IT: Pay For Results, Not Services
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Value-based arrangements can help agencies reduce up-front investments and improve results.
Patent Debate Spawns Stanford Study
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Stanford's Hoover Institution launches a five-year effort to determine whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation.
Office 365 Personal: 5 Questions Answered
News  |  3/15/2014  | 
Is Microsoft's Office 365 Personal right for you? Here's what you need to know.
NSA Denies Impersonating Facebook To Serve Malware
News  |  3/14/2014  | 
Facebook's Zuckerberg speaks out after Snowden leak suggests NSA server posed as social media site to infect millions of computers with surveillance malware.
Defense Department Adopts NIST Security Standards
News  |  3/14/2014  | 
DOD replaces longstanding information assurance process with NIST's holistic "built-in, not bolt-on," risk-focused security approach.
OPM Releases Strategic IT Plan
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta lays out a new IT strategy to improve federal recruiting and retirement systems.
H-1B Visa Demand Spike Predicted
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
When the window for new H-1B applications opens on April 1, three IT job categories will lead the charge: software engineering, information security, and big data.
NYC Mayor Needs Analytics In His Corner
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Mayor de Blasio needs more than public support to advance his plans for jobs, education, and public safety. He must harness big data.
What 24's Jack Bauer Can Teach Federal Agencies
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
The true value of mobility, big data, and the cloud emerges when agencies combine all three to help employees work more effectively.
Patent Data Missing In Troll Debate
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Congress and the Supreme Court are poised to take action on patent suits, but data to inform ongoing debates is missing, experts say.
Army Expands Virtual Desktop Program
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Army's desktop-as-a-service plan gains cred at Pentagon, but lack of funding could delay full implementation.
Agencies Going 'Cloud First' Face A Records Riddle
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Federal agencies moving email to the cloud risk a records management train wreck unless they plan well, NARA warns.
Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Are you prepared for the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP next month?
NASA Finds Big Ideas From Small Businesses
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
The space agency's Small Business Innovation Research program selects 108 proposals from small US firms offering technology ideas with commercial potential.
Proposed Federal IT Cuts Sensible 'For Now'
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
The President's proposed cuts in IT spending in fiscal year 2015 reflect successful consolidation of services, but experts say that flat funding can't go on forever.
White House Recruits Tech Entrepreneurs
News  |  3/10/2014  | 
Presidential Innovation Fellows are slated to work on high-impact tech projects throughout the government.
Drones In Action: 5 Non-Military Uses
Slideshows  |  3/10/2014  | 
Government agencies, universities, and a few private companies won authorization to use drones in the US. Take a peek at the drones on the job.
Feds Move Toward Hardwired Credentials On Mobile Devices
News  |  3/7/2014  | 
NIST proposes ways for mobile-device users to access government networks without requiring smart-card readers.
DARPA Solicits Chemical-Detection Lasers
News  |  3/7/2014  | 
Defense Department would use the technology to detect biological and chemical agents during operations.
Breaking The Cycle Of Legacy IT Investment
Commentary  |  3/6/2014  | 
CEOs and CFOs are often blind to the consequences of failing to modernize aging systems, says former US Air Force CIO William T. Lord.
Microsoft Lets Agencies Test Government-Only Cloud
News  |  3/5/2014  | 
Microsoft lets federal agencies take its newly operational Azure for Government for a "shakedown cruise."
Cortana: Windows Phone 8.1's Killer App?
Commentary  |  3/5/2014  | 
Halo attracted users to the Xbox. Will digital assistant Cortana do the same for Windows Phone 8.1?
Federal IT Spending Slashed In Proposed 2015 Budget
News  |  3/5/2014  | 
Obama's 2015 budget request cuts 2.9%, gives agencies $79 billion for IT, including $13 billion for cyber security.
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