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Whitepapers


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Extending Security Intelligence with Big Data

This whitepaper details a solution that enables security analysts to extend analysis well beyond typical security data using real-time correlation for continuous insight, custom analytics, and forensic capabilities for evidence gathering.


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.


GameChanger: Mobile Application Security

There are several advantages of a mobile workforce, however, there are also several risks to security as employees use personal devices from a variety of manufacturers and providers to conduct business. Review this complimentary whitepaper to learn how mobile devide management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) can prevent threats to your agency.


The Dynamic DNS Infrastructure

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 tempting target for attackers, and when they succeed in disrupting DNS, all external data center services are affected. This paper helps organizations confronting these growth and security challenges understand how a new full-proxy architecture for DNS provides a complete solution for global, local, and cloud load balancing.


Top Considerations When Choosing an Application Delivery Controller

Because of its strategic location in the data center network, the selection of an Application Delivery Controller requires careful consideration of both functional and financial factors. This paper explores important elements to evaluate, including network performance, availability and security.


Ebook: Sink or Swim in Risky Waters! Don't Navigate Risk without Internal Audit

There's an ocean of information out there about risk and how internal audit departments are in a unique position to help business leaders comprehend and navigate higher-level risks. We invite you to download this eBook, which provides an overview of internal audit’s evolving role in providing assurance around risk management, as well as tips, case studies and resources for getting started!


Reframing Big Data: Understanding How Big Data Can Benefit Your Organization

As government agencies and private businesses alike continue to grapple with defining, storing and managing big data, questions about the massive quantities of information that are generated daily also proliferate. The first step to understanding big data is to reframe how we think about it.


Dashboard Best Practices for Government Agencies

Dashboards are becoming the new face of business intelligence (BI). Executive Information Systems (EIS) had a similar look and served a similar purpose, modern Dashboards are interactive, easier to set up and update to changing business needs, and much more flexible to use. They are able to present data and information at both a summary and detailed level thus becoming one of the most powerful tools in the business user’s kit. Download NOW to learn more!


GameChanger: Hadoop

By any measure, government data is growing at lightning-fast speed, due in large part to the fast-growing stores of unstructured data. Hadoop, an open source software framework, is showing up in more and more and, is specifically suited to these types of tasks.


Bring Your Own Device: Device Freedom Without Compromising the IT Network

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become one of the most influential trends that has or will touch each and every IT organization. The term has come to define a megatrend occurring in IT that requires sweeping changes to the way devices are used in the workplace. This whitepaper discusses how this trend will affect agencies, explores the challenges it creates for IT, and outlines technologies that are part of the solution.


How Architecture Enables a Mobile, Work-Anywhere Agency

This whitepaper will outline the main challenges facing government agencies trying to modernize their IT infrastructures to support improved service to citizens and higher productivity for their employees through mobile solutions.


IBM Solutions for Clouds and Virtualization in Enterprise Environments

The benefits of virtualization, from accelerated service delivery and resource optimization to reduced costs for IT resources, have spurred many organizations to move toward a virtual infrastructure. But what can an organization do to solve the complexities inherent in shared resources? This whitepaper will show you the way.


Mitigating Risk in Government Cloud Services

Cloud computing is shifting the way government agencies build, deploy and use applications; raising expectations on how quickly, cost effectively and securely applications and services can be delivered. This whitepaper shows that through taking a holistic view,the greatest benefit might be gained.


Taking the Guesswork Out of Big Data

Take the guesswork out of Big Data. Understanding where the information comes from and what’s required to process it will aid adoption. Download this complimentary whitepaper to review how your agency can benefit from Big Data.


Manage Identities and Access for Continuous Compliance and Reduced Risk

As organizations strive to securely deliver high-quality, high-availability services to their user communities, they grapple control and ever-changing user populations, access points,and applications. Download this complimentary whitepaper to learn how you can administer, control and monitor user access to resources, applications and information.


Transforming the Future: The promise of Networx

By the end of 2012, most federal agencies will have fully transitioned to contracts under the Networx program. This is only the first step in realizing the promise of what the Networx program can truly offer. Download to learn more!


Fraud Detection and Prevention in the Public Sector

This complimentary white paper highlights the value of having a framework of organization-wide fraud detection and prevention to help discover and combat fraud before it occurs. Learn how a consistent view of activity in real time makes it easy to flag suspicious transactions identify existing or potential perpetrators, uncover schemes in progress, and document instances of FWA.


Beyond Continuous Monitoring: Threat Modeling for Real-time Response

In its purest sense, continuous monitoring is inwardly focused on activities such as vulnerability assessment and patch management, providing valuable situational awareness of systems and potential vulnerabilities. Yet simply knowing a problem exists doesn’t offer protection. One has to be able to act correctly and in time to keep up with the evolving threat and minimize risk.


Managed Products and Services Help Agencies Secure Their Networks

Download this complimentary whitepaper to learn how your agency can obtain services and support, including MTIPS as a man­aged security service, that can help it comply with and even exceed the requirements of federal mandates.


Research Report: Big Data

Download this complimentary Research Report on Big Data to learn the benefits of leveraging "Big Data" within your agency, including greater accuracy and speed of agency decision making, more efficient internal processes and a greater ability to meet agency mission goals.


Defining a Framework For Cloud Adoption

As interest in cloud computing continues to gain momentum,there is increasing confusion about what cloud computing represents. Without a common, defined vocabulary and a standardized frame of reference, organizations cannot have acogent discussion about cloud computing.


How to Meet Mission Requirements and OMB Mandates

Gain a comprehensive understanding of your applications and mainframe environment – locate dead or duplicative code to reduce unnecessary processing cycles, create more efficient applications, increase operational performance and set priorities for managing the portfolio of applications that will result in significant cost savings – often in year one.


BYOD in Government: Prepare for The Rising Tide

Read Forrester’s recent study of the use of personal devices for work purposes within government agencies. Learn what it discovered about use, policy and security concerns and gain a valuable starting point for embarking on the journey toward BYOD.


Research Summary: Big Data in the Clouds

Depending on how it’s viewed, big data presents either an enormous headache, or an amazing opportunity. The ability to sift through massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to reveal useful facts in real-time may help government organizations make better decisions that streamline operations and refine constituent services. Download to learn more.


Coalescing of Communication In Social Media

Social media has become the de-facto medium for humans to communicate about events as they are occurring. Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a tornado or earthquake, a social movement such as the Arab Spring or Occupy Wall Street, or a popular event such as a concert or the Olympics, social media has become the mainstream method for all people involved to share their thoughts with each other.


Continuous Monitoring for Government Agencies

Government agencies confront an increasingly hazardous IT security environment.Continuous monitoring will enable agencies to determine their own security health and compare it to other agencies so they can most cost-effectively apply their resources towards identifying and repairing their security gaps and vulnerabilities. Download this complimentary whitepaper to learn more about FISMA 2.0 and continuous monitoring for your government agency.


Is Your Network Ready for Mobility? Maximize Your Network to Accommodate BYOD & Mobility Trends

With BYOD trends on the rise, many agencies are building policies and procedures to accommodate mobility within their organizations. Therefore, agencies must now consider various components of their network infrastructure to be adequately prepared for the inherent burdens additional mobile devices will demand.


Mobile and Wireless : The Report

As more and more government departments allow or even encourage employees to use mobile devices to perform their jobs in or out of the office, everyone involved is beginning to see just how beneficial they are. Not only do mobile devices increase employees’ productivity and effectiveness, but they further enable telework and increase employee satisfaction. What are the security challenges and solutions related with this technology? Read to find out.


Cloud First: Which Cloud Deployment Model Works Best for Federal?

The 2011 Cloud First initiative has lead federal agencies to seek out cloud services. This white paper examines the key benefits of migrating to the cloud and the pros and cons of cloud deployment models available to government agencies, including private, community, public and hybrid clouds.