State government agencies must support telecommuters with standard and secure IT infrastructure.
California continues to take steps to improve its IT policy and implementation with a new directive to support state employees who telecommute.
California's office of the state CIO this week released a policy letter directing state agencies to implement a secure telework and remote access network for people who work in remote offices or out of their homes.
The letter outlines a standard network infrastructure -- called the Telework and Remote Access Security Standard -- that all agencies must follow to ensure that secure telecommuting infrastructure and policies are uniform across the state.
The heads of each state agency are responsible for adopting and making sure the standard requirements are met, and must certify their respective agencies' compliance with the standard, according to the letter.
They have until July 1 to submit a compliance certification form and must renew that certification each year starting Jan. 30, 2011.
The move to standardize support for teleworkers is just one of several steps California has taken in recent months to ramp up its outdated IT policies and infrastructure and make its IT system work better both for employees and residents.
In an effort to catch up to Web 2.0, the state last month embraced social networking, officially adopting the use of social media tools to promote communication and transparency for California residents.
State officials now are officially permitted to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media sites. However, they must be trained regarding their roles, responsibilities, and security risks before they can do so, according to the state policy letter outlining how these tools can be used.
California agencies also must put their respective public relations people in charge of monitoring and managing the use of official social media sites.
In another step toward better IT systems, California's CTO last month began taking suggestions for how to improve its IT systems.
The state also is rolling out a broad data consolidation plan to eliminate legacy systems and streamline its data center operations, a strategy directed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in early February.
Time to Reconsider Enterprise Email StrategyCost, time, and risk. It's the demand trifecta vying for the attention of both technology professionals and attorneys charged with balancing the expectations of their clients and business units with the hard reality of the current financial and regulatory climate. Sometimes, organizations assume high levels of risk as a result of their inability to meet the costs involved in data protection. In other instances, it's time that's of the essence, as with a data breach.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?