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Research Report: Emerging Strategies for Managing Mobility

In August 2013, FCW surveyed defense, civilian and state and local agency decision-makers about their mobile management strategies. The survey covered topics regarding workforce deployment of mobile devices, BYOD vs. agency-issued device policies, usage and security concerns that stem from the use of mobile devices and architectural considerations including virtualization strategies. Download this informative report to uncover the research findings and broaden your scope of knowledge on mobile management.


Research Report: The Virtual Public Sector

For more and more government agencies, desktop virtualization is proving to be the right solution at the right time. The technology, which makes it possible to deploy, manage and optimize desktop-based applications and data from a central console, can help agencies extend desktop computing resources to a wide range of end-user devices securely and cost effectively, whether users are in the office, on the road or working at home. Download this report to discover further research findings on virtualization trends and the shape of things to come.


Five Critical Security Controls for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Federal agencies know that while nearly impossible to mitigate every conceivable cyber risk, the goal is to solidify protections against foreseeable attacks, while providing security expects with time, and the timely intelligence, to prevent unknown threats and minimize the damage to their networks. Download this solution brief to understand how Department of Homeland Security’s newly awarded CDM program is helping agencies prioritize cyber efforts and explore the five security controls deemed most crucial for effective cyber-defense.


Questions to Ask Before Buying Big Data Tools

You don’t have to be in IT to care about big data analytics. Proper analysis of big data can uncover hidden patterns that offer insights into the various faucets of your business. This information can ultimately aide in increased knowledge and more informed decision making. Download this whitepaper to learn more about purchasing the right analytic tools for your agency.


What the Federal Government is Doing Better Than Businesses

What could businesses gain by emulating the federal government’s best practices? $Millions more than you may think. This data-rich white paper details how the largest, global organization (the DoD) is setting the standard for significant cost savings and process efficiency.


Emerging Cyber Threats Demand New Thinking

Government agencies need a better approach to dealing with cybersecurity threats, and they know it. A recent survey by the 1105 Government Information Group found that government agencies are not satisfied with current efforts to protect their information from the dynamic threat environment. Download this research report to uncover more findings, including what agencies view as the top threat to their organization.


Critical Infrastructure Protection Needs Holistic Approach

The nature of ongoing cyberattacks is changing. Attackers are shifting from directly targeting government and military networks to targeting networks in the defense industrial base and commercial critical infrastructure. The attacks are also increasing in frequency and severity. Download this whitepaper to learn the emerging best practices in protecting your organization’s critical infrastructure network.


A Perfect Storm? Cloud, Mobility and Information Sharing for the Federal Government

Many federal organizations are now fulfilling the Cloud First policy mandate, which directs organizations to prioritize the use of cloud computing offerings to reduce costs, among other things. The movement is also facilitating collaboration, something that is becoming increasingly important within enterprises as well as public organizations and agencies. View this interactive eBook to read more on how federal organizations such as the U.S. Army War College are addressing the government’s requirement to enhance collaboration.


Making Data Meaningful

Information can make or break a government program, so knowing how to properly collect, manage and report it is crucial. Two main components to making big data useful are standardization and distillation. Download this whitepaper to learn more on improving your agency's data analytics, including the three steps to handling data correctly.


Implementing Messaging and Directory Services in Federal Agencies:The Real Cost of Inactivity

Dell Software commissioned a government market research provider to poll federal IT workers on awareness of, and attitudes toward, the use of cloud technology for messaging and directory services in federal agencies, especially the process and timelines associated with provisioning and de-provisioning users.


A New Approach to Document, Data Security

Given the rise of mobility and cloud computing and the paperless flow of data, you might think multifunction devices would be relegated to the periphery. But it turns out, the modern enterprise environment is anything but paperless. Moreover, MFDs have evolved a great deal. They’ve become network-connected hubs in the workflow of documents and data. Download this whitepaper and learn how multifunction device capabilities produce real gains in mobility, flexibility and efficiency.


Research Report: Data Security

In May 2013, FCW surveyed DOD, civilian, and state and local agency business and IT decision makers about data security issues and solutions. The survey covered topics regarding cybersecurity, protection from insider threats, safeguarding Big Data initiatives, and improving cloud security. Download this informative research report to read the survey results.


Don't Take Mobile Security for Granted

The key requirement of a mobile security plan is to adopt a centralized set of policies and controls. Mobile device management and anti-virus software are stand-alone solutions that may not cover all the different issues on varied operating systems and devices. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can implement a solution that looks at security holistically from an organizational point of view. Download this informative whitepaper to gain expert insight on centralized mobile security strategies.


Guide: Solutions Emerge as Federal Government Pushes Agencies to the Cloud

In this Solution Guide, World Wide Technology reveals its data center cloud model in-depth and presents solutions around cloud computing with a standardized product set and advancing to an integration stage. The guide takes a close look at the VMware® Enterprise vCloude Suite on the EMC® VSPEX® converged infrastructure platform , examining storage and infrastructure components as well as cloud operations and management services.


Detecting Unknown Threats and Reducing Response Times

The industry has finally realized the need to shift its focus to detecting unknown threats and reducing response time. Learn organizations are achieving these two critical goals by integrating analysis and enabling real-time collaboration.


Enhance ROI with RSA Archer Federal Solutions

This paper outlines the challenges faced by Federal Information Assurance professionals and offers solutions to those challenges, including the ROI for each.


The Road to Enterprise PaaS

Cloud Computing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, such as OpenShift by Red Hat, leverage automation technologies and a cloud architecture to make developers more productive by helping them focus on creating applications rather than dealing with infrastructures. Download this informative whitepaper to learn about the many benefits of PaaS for the enterprise.


GameChanger: Continuous Monitoring

Organizations all over the world are struggling with how to guard their systems against new, targeted cyber threats and federal agencies are no exception. The goal is to stop attacks as early as possible, or cut short their ability to inflict widespread damage. With continuous monitoring, agencies constantly assess the state of their information security controls across their entire enterprise. The hope is that with constant review, greater security will follow. Download this informative whitepaper for more on how continuous monitoring needs a measured approach.


Filling Your Cybersecurity Gaps is Just Good Business

The traditional cybersecurity infrastructure contains several detection, analysis and remediation gaps. Today, organizations need to focus on two main things: detecting unknown threats and reducing response time. Download this informative whitepaper to read more on the weaknesses of the traditional cybersecurity model and how agencies are filling the gaps.


Worst Practices in Predictive Analytics

In this white paper, we will investigate worst practices in predictive analytics. We’ll discuss why these actions can derail predictive analytics initiatives, and what steps can be taken to avoid making such mistakes. We’ll also highlight the key steps required for building and deploying effective predictive applications, and showcase WebFOCUS RStat, today’s most powerful and full-featured solution for predictive analytics.


Take an Intelligence-Led, Proactive, Predictive Approach to Law Enforcement

This paper will show how police departments in cities ranging in size from Houston, Texas to Erlanger, Kentucky to Richmond, Virginia, quickly implemented technology that enables them to address their unique situations and take a successful intelligence-led, proactive, predictive approach to fighting crime. Their high-tech crime centers use business intelligence (BI), analytics, and geographic information system (GIS) mapping to improve organization and boost strategic decision-making, increasing morale and efficiency and making their cities safer.


Solution Brief: Discover the power of Adobe Connect for Web Meetings

Adobe Connect for Web Meetings significantly improves collaboration with your colleagues, partners, and customers anytime, anywhere, across virtually any device. With Adobe Connect, meeting organizers can go far beyond simple screen sharing and deliver easy-to-access, rich meetings from a desktop or directly from a mobile device.


Windows To Go: Cost and ROI

This exclusive research whitepaper provides an overview of the Windows-enabled USB flash drive approach to enabling remote work. It also provides detailed comparisons between Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), conventional laptop provisioning and Windows-enabled USB flash drives under different scenarios. Download to learn more.


Success Story: Adobe Connect Solution to facilitate collaboration and peer engagement across Department of Defense

In June 2007, DISA awarded Defense Connect Online (DCO), a two-part Adobe Connect solution for collaboration and engagement across DoD global operations. Two different systems comprise the Adobe Connect implementation, one for the unclassified network, and one for the classified network. A pre-release version of DCO was tested over a five-month period and went live in April 2008, enabling deployed troops, supporting personnel, and military leaders to collaborate effortlessly across locations worldwide. Read more about how DISA enabled secure collaboration with Adobe Connect.


Adobe® Connect™: Bringing together video and next-generation web conferencing

Many businesses can achieve the benefits of face-to-face meetings through an investment in a video or web conferencing solution, saving the company both travel time and resources. Selecting the right technology to replace in-person meetings begins with understanding your organizational needs and pairing these needs with the optimal conferencing solution. Download this whitepaper for more on Adobe Connect.


Telework Solutions for Government

From the aggressive telework program of the U.S. General Services Administration to Georgia’s tax credits for private sector telecommuting programs, agencies at all levels of government are embracing telework for a variety of reasons. By leveraging Adobe technologies government employees are enabled to work anywhere, anytime—plus it makes them more productive and efficient working in the agency’s office. Downlaod this whitepaper for more on Adobe's telework solutions


Cloud Migration: The Time is Now

While agencies have made some progress in moving to the cloud, many have done so tentatively, focusing on “safe” applications such as email and public-facing websites. But the time to move other applications and infrastructure to the cloud is now. The best way to ensure a safe path forward is by working with an experienced provider of cloud-based services—one that understands the unique security, interoperability and portability challenges that government agencies face. Download this informative whitpaper for more on the advantages of a cloud service provider.


Secure Data Access in a Mobile Universe

The Economist Intelligence Unit in June 2012 conducted a global survey of senior executives to explore how organizations can accommodate rising demands for mobile access to business information while minimizing the security risks to proprietary data.


SANS Analyst Program: Implementing the Critical Security Controls

This paper serves as a how-to for organizations in various stages of implementing the controls and offers two real-world examples of CSC adoption.


Contract Guide: GSA IT Schedule 70

GSA’s IT Schedule 70 has been the major go-to vehicle for federal agencies to buy IT products and, more recently, services. At close to $16 billion in annual sales, it takes up a large chunk of the government’s overall yearly IT budget. But it’s facing uncertain times as the overall fiscal climate squeezes the resources GSA can devote to it, and competing vehicles such as agency GWACs loom in its mirror. Changes are coming to the venerable IT contract, and both users and vendors need to prepare. Download the contract guide now.


Expert Q&A: Continuous Monitoring

As attacks on agency networks and assets become ever more divergent and sophisticated, continuous monitoring will be a critical element in an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. But it’s not an easy thing to implement. Download this Q&A report for industry perspectives on the various elements of effective continuous monitoring, and why it’s not just one more technology program.


Research Report: Collaboration Solutions Transforming Government

Government agencies are getting serious about online collaboration tools because they see the opportunity to improve enterprise-wide information sharing, support real-time communications during a crisis, and to reduce the money they spend on large in-person meetings or conferences. A recent survey conducted by the 1105 Government Information Group shows that these and other potential benefits are leading many agencies to deepen their investment in collaboration tools and to make collaboration part of their organizational culture. Download this exclusive research report for more on collaboration trends in government.


Monitoring IT: Why the current demands and constraints on IT professionals need a new approach

It’s critical to intimately know an application and what it’s requirements are in order for it to perform well. To establish that kind of performance baseline, you’ll need to know such things as who uses the application, where they use it from, how much network bandwidth it needs,and so on. This kind of information is needed for each application, both from the administrator and user point of view. To get there, you’ll have to monitor the legacy production environment so you know both what makes the application perform consistently well, and how to monitor it. Then you’ll have to continuously monitor the application as changes are made to it and the environment it runs in so you can measure any negative effects on its performance. Download this whitepaper for a new approach to IT monitoring.


Utility Storage for Government – NetApp Storage Without Capital Expense

This datasheet covers DLT Solutions Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS). STaaS is a NetApp hardware, software and services solution that combines secure, available, and dedicated on-premise infrastructure with a pay-as-you-go model that requires zero capital investment.


Special Report: Infrastructure Security

Evolve or die. That’s the imperative guiding the development of cybersecurity technologies and strategies across government and industry. The ongoing evolution of the federal IT enterprise, extended in all directions by advances in networking and mobile technology, must be matched to similar advances in information and network security. But above all, the nature of the current cybersecurity threats requires a new way of thinking. The old approach to cybersecurity, which was based on defending the perimeter, cannot hold up against the wide array of cyber threats that agencies now face. Download this special report for in-depth articles on infrastructure security.


TippingPoint Hacktivist Survival Guide

The last decade has seen the rise of crowd-sourced, activist-driven hacker groups.1 The term hacktivist has been coined to describe this group and refers to the nonviolent use of illegal or legally ambiguous digital tools in pursuit of political ends. Most notable of these hacktivist groups is Anonymous, a loose collective of individuals borne out of a cybersubculture that has gone mainstream.The goal of this paper is to provide a glimpse into the world of hacktivism and, more importantly, the group known as Anonymous.


Five Ways that Identity Federation is Improving Online Security for Government Agencies

Cloud computing, social networking and mobile devices are improving efficiency and collaboration in the public sector. But anytime, anywhere accessibility also increases the need to simplify, control and secure identities. This paper provides a brief overview of federated identity and reviews its roles within the identity management strategies of civilian agencies, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community.


Enable Your Applications for CAC and PIV Smart Cards

Since HSPD-12 was signed in 2004, government agencies have issued over 5 million identity badges. About 90% of government workers and contractors wear their identity around their neck. While most agencies are leveraging these for physical access, the challenge comes in trying to use them for logical access to systems. Read this whitepaper to learn about a solution that allows end users to use their PIV cards for seamless access to on-premise, hosted and cloud-based applications.


Invest to Save with Collaboration Technologies

With budgets and staffs stretched thin, public sector organizations are searching for ways to cut costs and help employees work more productively. IT leaders recognize that collaborative voice, video, and mobile technologies could enable their organizations to achieve these goals, but they expect to implement these technologies when investment dollars are more plentiful. Download this whitepaper for an in-depth look at how collaboration technologies are helping IT managers “invest to save” by delivering significant long-term savings while improving the effectiveness of their organizations.


Special Report: Best Practices for Meeting Big Data Challenges

Big data is a top priority for CIOs, but few know exactly what it is – and what it can help their organizations achieve. As the creation of data has multiplied recently, IT organizations are left wondering how to manage those data stores while at the same time being asked to help the business side of the house innovate, cut costs and improve end-user satisfaction. Download this special report for in-depth articles on meeting the challenges you face as you take on "big data."


GameChanger: Data Center Consolidation

Since the government’s Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched in 2010, agencies have been working hard to consolidate their data centers. Clearly, the benefits of data center consolidation are well worth the effort. In addition to obvious payoffs, such as lowering the cost of operations, data center consolidation can greatly improve performance and provide more efficient energy consumption. Download this in-depth report for more on the benefits of DCC.


Breaking News: Big Data is Solved!

The good news is that solutions can now be delivered to address the data management needs posed by Big Data. Without much risk of contradiction, it can be said that the requirements of absorbing and storing Big Data have been solved by industry to date, by a combination of both the demand-driven commercial-off-the-shelf software manufacturers and by the voluntary software development contributions of participants in the free and open source consortia.


Six Ways of Losing Mobile Data

This paper briefly reviews the top six threats to your mobile workforce, matching real-world hazards with really helpful ways you can take action and achieve the security your business requires.


How To Achieve Secure ID Assurance

Nearly 10 years after establishment of the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) program, most federal agencies have yet to complete a comprehensive approach to unifying physical and logical access using a single smart card or token. The time to act is now. In this white paper, we’ll review the key FICAM use cases and the approaches agencies can take to efficiently accomplish them.


Mobility, from Start to End User

Government agencies are embracing the notion of mobility both for their employees and consumers, but they’re finding that adoption means plenty of adaption. Most of the time, IT managers can’t simply apply desktop PC requirements to mobile devices and call it a day. Mobility brings a host of new challenges that can best be solved by looking at the individual pieces with the finished puzzle in mind. To kick-start your strategy, download the Digital Dialogue now!


Avoiding Disaster Recovery Pitfalls

Hurricane Sandy was just one of many recent weather-related events that underscored the importance of keeping systems and operations up and running with as little interruption as possible. But whether it’s a natural disaster or an application failure that brings down a system, agencies must have a plan in place to protect their data and quickly recover IT services. Organizations are much more dependent on technology than they used to be. Download the summary report now from the recent webcast: Disaster Recovery and COOP: How to Make the Best of a Worst-Case Scenario


Government Cloud Collaboration Services: Collaborate More Easily and Effectively While Reducing IT Costs

Like many organizations, federal agencies can drive progress through social collaboration. Read the solution brief to see how secure, scalable, cloud-based solutions can help your agency collaborate socially without any extra cost, complexity or compliance concerns. See how these tools can also help enable better decisions to be made faster.


2012 Symantec Avoiding Hidden Costs of Cloud Survey

Cloud provides significant advantages, improved agility and reduced costs. But there is a darker side – the hidden costs of cloud that can negate the benefits if not properly contained. The 2013 Symantec Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud Survey reveals some of these unanticipated challenges, and ways to mitigate risk, so agencies can benefit from today’s efficient cloud solutions.


The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation

Although cloud capabilities offer numerous opportunities to drive business innovation, its potential beyond technological capabilities remains virtually untapped. Read the white paper to learn more about the benefits of cloud-enabled business models in promoting sustainable competitive advantage.


Making Tablets and Touch Devices Work for Government

Government workers need greater mobility to get their jobs done in today’s challenging times. While tablets and touch devices used to be more promise than practicality for government, new hardware and software capabilities are changing mobile devices from ”toys” into high-performance computing devices that can perform public sector work powerfully and securely.