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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.


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


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.


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.


Windows Migration in Government: Conquering OS Deployment Challenges

A research survey on the State of Windows Migration reveals that most government IT departments (57%) are still in the midst of their upgrades. Eighty-three percent of those who have completed the migration process rated their level of satisfaction at 7 or above on a ten point scale. About a third of respondents (34%) note the appeal of the operating system is its overall capabilities rather than any one single feature. While government IT organizations admit to a host of organizational and technical issues, none of these barriers are insurmountable. The proof: The majority of government organizations claim their Windows 7 migrations are proceeding on schedule.


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.


Enterprise 2.0 – The Next Generation, Mobile Enterprise

With the barriers of traditional enterprises breaking down, CIOs must prepare to support a progressive workforce and trends such as bring-your-own-device, virtual desktop environments and the cloud. Are you prepared?


Methods and Insights Into Managing Mobile Securely

Mobile device usage continues to grow throughout the federal government. In January and February 2013, FCW surveyed IT decision makers across federal agencies that are involved with mobile security strategy. Read this report for key points on the current state of mobile security in the federal government.


Special Report: Business Continuity

If the unthinkable were to occur and your agency had to continue providing essential services and performing essential activities, would you know what to do and where to go? In most cases, the answer is yes. Today, thanks to lessons learned from past disasters and government requirements, most government agencies and departments have some type of business continuity plan that allows them to maintain critical functions.


Defeating Advanced Persistent Threat Malware

DNS-exploiting – or advanced persistent threat (APT) – malware is the most costly, sophisticated, and difficult of malwares to deal with. Did you know a DNS firewall can help? Read this whitepaper to learn more!


Enterprises Seek The Benefits Of Hybrid Cloud, And Work To Overcome The Challenges

This Forrester Research whitepaper highlights cloud adoption trends as well as the key benefits and challenges that enterprises see when considering and adopting hybrid IaaS strategies.


Security and Compliance in the Cloud

Identity, Access and Security Management solutions integrate to control access to cloud services and data, reduce risk of breaches in hybrid environments, and achieve compliance with Federal regulations and policies such as FISMA & FedRAMP. Download now to read more.


Sustainable Compliance: How to Align Compliance, Security and Agency Goals

Compliance with Federal security mandates has become increasingly difficult for agencies. Agencies are searching for an effective, sustainable, & scalable approach that will achieve their compliance objectives while improving their overall security. Download to read more.


The Federal Agenda: How to Optimize a Windows 7 Deployment

As Federal agencies work to meet the demands of citizens for more accountability and transparency, IT execs must enable greater flexibility for users within the agencies, while maintaining tight controls over their computer environments. More federal agencies are migrating to Windows 7 for highly optimized desktops and security. Find out how.


Beyond the Next Generation: Meeting the Converging Demands of Network Security

A number of network security technologies have arisen that claim to be the "next generation" of network defense - but what does this concept actually mean? This whitepaper provides insight into what we can expect in the area of network security and how to leverage new technologies to meet today's security challenges in light of other considerations such as overall complexity and performance.


IT Executive Guide to Security Intelligence

This white paper discusses how security intelligence addresses threat detection shortcomings and empowers organizations to maintain comprehensive and cost-effective information security.


Consolidated Security Management for Mainframe Clouds

IBM Security and IBM Information Management solutions for security work with the IBM System z platform to allow the mainframe to serve as an enterprise security hub, providing comprehensive, centralized security capabilities for organizations with distributed, multiplatform IT environments.


Managing Identities and Access in the Cloud

The ability to share services and information with various departments, partners, customers and other parts of the business ecosystem is a major advantage of cloud computing. As a result, successful cloud deployments hinge on securely and efficiently managing individuals’ access to resources, and protecting data from loss or corruption.


Avoiding Insider Threats to Enterprise Security

This whitepaper outlines a solution that helps organizations securely manage and track the activities of privileged users, thereby reducing the risk of breaches, improving compliance and ensuring accountability.


Five Steps to Achieve Success in Your Application Security Program

This whitepaper provides a general framework your organization can use to create or build upon an application security program. It includes guidelines that can be useful at different stages of your security program’s maturity.


Continuous Monitoring for Government Agencies

This whitepaper details how government agencies can gain a 360-degree security insight for superior threat detection, greater ease of use and lower cost of ownership.


Security Intrusion Prevention Solutions

As networks continue to grow in size, complexity and level of business importance, the potential for malicious attacks grows right along with them. This whitepaper presents a comprehensive portfolio of intrusion prevention solution that go beyond traditional intrusion prevention to provide multilayered,end-to-end security that can actually protect networks from attacks before they occur.