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Contractor Access: Mitigating Security and Risk Issues

Including contractors in a corporate IT environment can expose your organization to all kinds of risks. Avoid those risks with an access solution that can protect what your organization and give contractors the access they need.


2014 CyberThreat Defense Report

Cyberattacks are evolving as quickly as defenses are. The 2014 report from CyberEdge provides concrete examples of the actual preparedness level of organizations and what the future of IT security might look like.


Best of Breed Private Cloud with NetApp and Windows Server 2012

Many organizations have adopted virtualization as a standard for server workloads. But virtualization has not proven to be the “game changer” many organizations had envisioned. IT departments face huge challenges related to server sprawl, which has actually increased with virtualization. Although virtualization has brought benefits beyond the physical paradigm of one operating system per server, the true optimal infrastructure for organizations comes with adopting a private cloud infrastructure. Check out this whitepaper to learn the benefits of a private cloud and discover what deploying one private cloud solution can provide to your organization.


Private Cloud: It's More than Just Virtualization

This white paper from Forrester Consulting reviews the core functionality required to maximize private cloud benefits and provides some best practices for enterprise cloud deployments. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insight into the current market trends and learn how to get the most out of your organization's private cloud.


GameChanger: Secure Mobility

The number and variety of threats to mobile devices and the data they access will never disappear—and in fact, new threats will continue to arise. But with the right tools and planning, most of these threats can be thwarted before they harm an agency, its data or its users. Download this report to discover the top mobile threats and how to keep your organization’s mobile strategies secure.


Viewpoint: Insider Threats Pose Unique Cyber Challenge

Agencies are aware of the need for cyber defense within their infrastructure to protect from insider threats; however it is important for organizations to recognize what data is most at risk for being targeted. Defining the top IT risk scenarios can greatly help agencies analyze and monitor anomalies to enhance the prevention of insider threat attacks. Download this informative Q&A to gain valuable insights from an industry expert in the field of cybersecurity and insider threats.


Guard Data in Government Environments by Implementing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

As government agencies continue to face increasingly hazardous IT security threats, they are constantly challenged to keep these threats at bay while protecting sensitive—and often classified— data. Read this whitepaper to learn more on the implementation of continuous diagnostics and mitigation, which is designed to facilitate an automated approach to evolving network and systems cybersecurity.


Real Time Endpoint Compliance for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Federal agencies must take a proactive approach to information and network security due to increasing cybersecurity threats. Read this whitepaper to learn more about a flexible automated framework for effective continuous monitoring and mitigation.


Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S. & EMEA Organizations

Ponemon 2014 Threat Intelligence & Incident Response Survey: 1083 CISOs and security technicians reveal the unsettling truth about how limited information security departments are in defending their domains.


The Evolving Enterprise: Mobile, Flexible and Secure

Federal agencies are looking to deliver a wider range of services and to extend those services to wherever users might go. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn how agencies are leveraging mobility, unified communications and data center consolidation and optimization to achieve this goal.


Snapshot: Solutions for Collaborative Government

Collaboration has always been a part of the way government does business, but until relatively recently it was something that happened only at certain times and between select groups of people. That is because with the older generation of tools, there was often a fear that collaboration would distract workers and drag down productivity. But new technology has allayed those fears, and now government managers are the numerous benefits of supporting collaboration, from easier sharing of information and faster response to events, to a better use of scarce budget dollars. The focus now is on developing the goals and strategies for successful collaboration initiatives, and providing the best-in-class solutions for employees.


Virtualization Fosters More Collaborative Healthcare Services

Virtualization and cloud solutions make it much easier to manage the mix of old and new systems now found in many healthcare organizations. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn about the rapid changes in healthcare services, including how to build a business case for point of care solutions.


Face-to-Face: Cloud

It has been about three years since the White House launched its “Cloud First” mandate to encourage agencies to speed up their use of cloud computing. However, most agencies have struggled with structuring cloud contracts and defining exactly what capabilities they need from industry, according to speakers at a recent event. Download this event overview to discover more highlights from this recent cloud event, including how to create an acquisition strategy for buying into the cloud.


VMware® View™ for Government-Agency Multilevel Secure (MLS) Desktops

The complexities of delivering simultaneous access by users with different security clearances and needs-to-know, and preventing users from obtaining access to information for which they lack authorization, are almost overwhelming. Recurring security problems such as covert channels (where highly classified data is transmitted inappropriately to lower-classification users), bypassing (where unsecured data paths are opened maliciously or mistakenly), and an assortment of other issues have plagued MLS systems. And today, the accelerating pace of technological change creates additional challenges for government-agency MLS systems.


Research Report: The Virtualization Playbook

The increasing complexity of the government enterprise—and the increasing volume and complexity of the data being managed—is forcing agency IT managers to rethink how they manage the infrastructure. Virtualization is at the center of that. By virtualizing key elements of the data center, agencies gain flexibility, scalability and manageability. And those gains are magnified when agencies integrate those systems into a cohesive whole. At the same time, IT managers are looking to bolster their infrastructures with emerging storage and storage management options. The data center of the future is taking shape now.


Cloud in 2014: A Guide for Government

Cloud is set to play a major role in government. Although agencies are still working out security issues and other policies, they also are deploying cloud technology to meet an increasingly wide array of mission requirements. And the options to government users of cloud are expanding. Hybrid clouds, which support both public and private options, provide a much-needed solution for users, the government’s FedRAMP program offers better choices for secure cloud services, and cloud brokers could take care of most of the procurement angst. Without a doubt, 2014 will be a big year for the cloud.


Dashboard Best Practices for Government

Dashboards are fast becoming the go-to access point for analytics, helping to make decision making faster and easier. They can be deployed quickly and can provide users with ways to customize their interactions with data, making dashboards fit the needs of all different roles within an agency. Our whitepaper will help you understand best practices for using dashboards to develop effective and valuable analytics.


Face-to-Face: Cybersecurity

If there is one shared challenge organizations face to¬day, it’s cybersecurity. Figuring out how to secure data as networks grow more complex and budgets continue to shrink is a growing, urgent concern. At a March 18 event titled “Proactive Approaches for Vigilance and Resilience,” government and industry rep¬resentatives agreed that it’s best to take a proactive, inte¬grated and balanced approach to securing systems. Download this informative event overview to learn more event highlights including the best practices for overcoming cybersecurity challenges.


GameChanger: The Evolution of PaaS

When Platform-as-a-Service first came on the scene, it took a while before people began to understand its benefits. That makes sense; not only is it cloud-based, but PaaS is a different way of managing platforms. Download this whitepaper to better understand the different flavors of PaaS, including the pros and cons of each approach.


Research Report: Best Practices in Networking and Storage Efficiency

The results of a new survey of government IT professionals reflects a broader recognition that existing infrastructures could soon be overwhelmed by the current rate of growth in data. Sixty-six percent of respondents said their agencies needed “to implement a network architecture that will enable high-velocity data capture, discovery, storage and analytics.” But it’s not just a matter of keeping up with the data. Download this research report to discover more findings, as well as learn how agencies are adopting other technologies that can have a significant impact on their IT infrastructure.


Server Data is the Main Target for Advanced Persistent Threats

This white paper discusses why the old data security model no longer works, the inherent risks of APTs and why perimeter defenses alone are not sufficient to safeguard organizations against the current generation of security threats.


Creating a Digital Strategy to Provide Exceptional Digital Experiences

In the age of the interconnected world where the primary touchpoints are digital, the purpose of the digital experience as part of the digital strategy is clear: deliver an engaging, useful and ideally, differentiating experience to the user – and make every experience truly “exceptional”. For IBM clients, “Exceptional Digital Experience” is realized in the results. This paper demonstrates how organizations, with their unique requirements, have created and benefited from an exceptional digital experience from IBM.


Recruit, Hire and Onboard the Right Talent

In this report, we discuss strategies for how organizations can perform optimally and compete successfully by hiring and onboarding the best talent the first time.


The Social Imperative in Workforce Skills Development

Using social technologies, organizations can develop a workforce development program where employees can develop skills on the job by collaborating with experts and sharing tacit knowledge. This white paper shows how organizations that develop a social learning program can improve employee engagement, reduce attrition and decrease the amount of time employees waste searching for expertise and information.


GameChanger: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

While the definition of virtualization hasn’t changed, the concept has continued to mature, providing more opportunities to save money, increase efficiency and security, and consolidate operations. Download this informative whitepaper to uncover the latest trends in virtualization including the benefits a virtual infrastructure can provide to your agency.


Viewpoint: Integrated Cyber Approach Provides Best Defense

As cyber threats increase and become more complex, it is more important than ever for organizations to learn the key ingredients to developing a rapid response strategy. Download this insightful Q&A report to gain further knowledge from industry experts on the current cybersecurity atmosphere.


The STAND: Cybersecurity

Advanced persistent threats. Zero-day attacks. Insider threats. Cybersecurity experts say that if IT leaders are not concerned about the ongoing evolution of the cyber landscape, it just means they are not paying enough attention. The problem is that these and other emerging cyber tactics are designed to evade traditional cyber defenses and escape detection until it’s too late. The good news is it’s not a lost cause. In this special report, two subject matter experts discuss cybersecurity technologies and strategies that can help agencies defend their systems and data against the latest cyber threats, today and into the future.


NetCents-2: A New Way of Doing Business

The six-year, $24.2 billion NetCents-2 program is a major expansion of the smaller and more compact NetCents-1, and its success will be key to the Air Force’s plans to modernize its networks and improve the way it delivers information to warfighters. Download this special report to discover how NetCents-2 will be a major driver towards lower costs, faster delivery of technology and new opportunities for small businesses.


Data Center Consolidation: Keeping Data Safe

As data center optimization moved forward and toward virtualization, agencies must understand what information is safe to share through the cloud. Download this enlightening digital dialogue to gain a better understanding on how to incorporate virtualization and the cloud into your agency’s data center consolidation planning process.


FedRAMP Helps Government Agencies Jumpstart their Journey to the Cloud

With the approaching deadline for FedRAMP certification, U.S. government agencies face a significant challenge as they aim to certify their cloud systems. Learn how Akamai received a Provisional ATO from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of FedRAMP.


Digital Dialogue: The Enterprise Goes Social

The workplace has changed dramatically over the last three decades. Today’s government workers want tools that help them do their jobs efficiently; tools that foster real collaboration and enable them to drive knowledge from other users. Download this informative digital dialogue to dive deeper into the realm of social enterprise as well as learn the key to creating an efficient environment for your agency.


Contract Guide: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

In September 2013, the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration began a new era in federal information security with the launch of the Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring program. CDM is designed to help agencies bolster their continuous monitoring programs by providing easy access to essential tools and services. Download this special report to gain further insight on how to leverage the full benefits of continuous diagnostics and mitigation.


Continuous Monitoring for Dummies

The United States federal, state, and municipal IT infrastructures maintain and manage vital assets. However, every day it seems as though the media has a report about some agency or commercial business being exploited or compromised, suffering from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack or the damage and theft of sensitive information. Read this eBook to learn how you can make your agency infrastructure more secure by using the continuous monitoring process and solutions discussed within.


Growth in Online Services Push Agencies to Solve Identity Crisis

Download this informative digital dialogue, based on the recent FCW Executive Briefing titled “Federal Identity and Access Management Update" to gain a further understanding of how agencies can address current identity and access management challenges in hopes of improving the user experience.


Proper Analysis Brings Better Mission Outcomes

Officials in the areas of defense, law enforcement and national security can use analytics to pinpoint persons or areas of interest. In the case of money laundering and attribute analysis, visualization was used to see how a front company used people to move cash around. Download this informative digital dialogue to further understand the benefits and abilities of visualization for analytics.


GIS: The Gateway to Innovation and Collaboration

Download this informative Viewpoint to hear from Christopher Thomas, Director, Government Market at Esri to gain an interesting perspective on the upcoming opportunities for innovation and collaboration in the industry as it relates to GIS.


The Rise of Project Intelligence: When Project Management is Just Not Enough

Given ongoing budget constraints and the push to deliver a better product in less time, project intelligence will be essential to the success of federal PMO. Learn to make the PI process an integral part of project management for everyone involved in an organization and utilize the power of historical knowledge for the implementation of future projects.


Business Process Management for Dummies

In today’s dynamic business environment, organizations need to be agile so they’re ready to respond to the litany of challenges coming their way. Business Process Management (BPM) provides that agility by ensuring the full utilization of technology; helping your agency to become far more responsive and meet your goals. Read this eBook to learn more about how BPM enables a more flexible, agile and scalable business model.


Operational Decision Management for Dummies

Everything your agency does relies on decisions. Operational decision management (ODM) is a set of technologies and methods that allow you to automate your day-to-day business decisions without compromising their accuracy and effectiveness. This eBook examines how ODM ensures responsible governance by assuring proper decision approval, securing the library, providing authorization for changes, measuring decision outcomes, and creating a feedback loop to identify further improvements and refinements.


Why It Pays to Take a Business-Centric Approach to Compliance

A poll of CIOs and IT managers reports why departments must defend against complex internal and external threats while mitigating regulatory and compliance concerns. The results provide data about how enterprises view compliance; particularly with identity management and access governance. Read this whitepaper to learn more.


Privileged Users: Managing Hidden Risk in Your Organization

While insider breaches have happened for years, many organizations find themselves asking: Are we at risk? The answer comes down to a group known as “privileged users” within your organization. This whitepaper explains 4 simple rules to cut privileged user access issues.


Staying Secure in a Cloudy World

Organizations that deploy public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures—which today is virtually all of them—must mitigate inherent security risks while also maintaining compliance with industry and government regulations. This paper contains three simple steps for maintaining visibility and control when moving to the cloud.


Extending Access Control to the Cloud

Organizations are consuming software-as-a-service applications at an exponential rate. While the advantages of SaaS applications are great, so are the potential pitfalls of unauthorized access. Download this whitepaper and learn about the risks of cloud computing, how you can control those risks and a few things to keep in mind when selecting a vendor for your cloud solutions


Linux Enterprise Server Solutions with Expanded Support for the Federal Government

Two types of IT infrastructures are in place today: those that leverage Linux to control systems—and the cost of operating them—and those that do not. This white paper outlines the details of Linux offerings for the Federal government, common misconceptions about changing an IT environment, and additional solutions that reduce operating costs and increase innovation.


The DDoS Threat Spectrum

Bolstered by favorable economics, today’s global botnets are using distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to target firewalls, web services, and applications, often simultaneously. This DDoS threat spectrum includes conventional network attacks, HTTP and SSL floods, and low-bandwidth threats, plus new threats likely to target emerging service platforms.


The Dynamic DNS Infrastructure

Between the proliferation of mobile devices and the ever increasing amount of content on the web, DNS usage has seen a huge increase in recent years. Meanwhile DNS continues to be a target for attackers. F5’s full-proxy architecture provides a complete solution.


Top Considerations When Choosing an ADC

The Application Delivery Controller (ADC) chosen as the foundation for a flexible, efficient application delivery strategy can significantly affect network performance, availability, and security while providing opportunities to add business value.


Solving Substantiation with SAML

Organizations are deploying distributed, hybrid architectures that can span multiple security domains. At any moment, a user could be accessing the corporate data center, the organization’s cloud infrastructure, or even a third party, SaaS web application. SAML can provide the identity information necessary to implement an enterprise-wide single sign-on solution.


Building a Scalable Big Data Infrastructure for Dynamic Workflows

Federal big data is creating new IT infrastructure challenges by increasing performance demands and adding management complexity. An ideal solution tightly integrates servers, storage, and network elements to optimize performance and reduce administrative chores.


Infoposter: Constituent Care

Federal contact center agencies are facing a seismic generational shift as an estimated 40 million baby boomers approach retirement and a growing number of millennials, whose communications needs are ever changing, enter the workforce. But recent advances in commercial contact centers provide insights into how agencies can both improve constituent satisfaction and boost the operational efficiency of their contact centers.