Opinion


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The importance of cyber offense: Sanctions are a good start

Cybercrime is too serious to rely solely on network defenses, Peter Harrell argues.

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Why cyber defense ultimately rests with the private sector

The government's cybersecurity efforts should be applauded, but companies bear the lion's share of responsibility for protecting their own networks.

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Security-proofing agency business processes

Technology and business teams must come together to address the risks to systems and software that increasingly reside in cloud-based environments.

Dave Wennergren

The right tool for the job

Rather than falling back on the same old solutions, federal IT professionals should discern the best approach to achieve the desired outcome.

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Will cloud-first finally take off in 2015?

The first four years of the administration's policy have been hampered by budget pressures, but the cost economies of cloud technology will drive faster adoption.

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Exploring the next wave of IT cost cutting

By applying a long-term mindset to strategic cost-saving initiatives, agencies can reshape how IT supports mission delivery.

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When government is the innovator

Not every great technology starts in Silicon Valley.

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Is your network ready for the cloud?

Cloud apps can turbocharge an agency's productivity, but only if the connectivity is tuned to support them.

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What to make of the Sony hack

Never mind who was behind the breach -- there are some clear lessons for those who would like to avoid a repeat.

Richard Spires

Why being on GAO's High Risk List is good for federal IT

By putting the government's management of IT acquisitions and operations on the High Risk List, GAO has ensured it will finally get the attention it deserves.

Brian Gagnon

Why strategies get stuck

Poor execution, not poor planning, derails many new programs, but there are steps agencies can take to stay on track, despite the coming leadership changes.

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How open source delivers for government

Stephen Frost argues that we may be missing the real story in IT innovation.