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Extending Government Security Intelligence with Big Data Analytics and Exploration

The asymmetric nature of today’s cyber threats means that federal organizations face dangers from multiple fronts. To effectively combat this rapidly shifting threat landscape, it is clear that government agencies must utilize a comprehensive, 360-degree approach to protecting critical systems and infrastructure from all manner of threats.


The Cloud: Journey to the Cloud Starts with the Right Foundation

Download this Executive Summary from the recent event titled "Strategies for Creating Cloud Builder Organizations Across Government" to learn about the current options of migrating to the cloud.


Intelligent Compliance: Establishing Trust in the Datacenter

With the average cost of a data breach reaching $3.5 million, the pressure is intense to maintain the security and compliance of your data center. Discover how your organization may be at risk and how you can protect your data center from costly and highly visible breaches. Read the whitepaper today to put the trust back into your data center.


Flash Storage: How to Maximize Performance for Demanding Applications

All-flash arrays provide maximum performance, fast response times and high level consistent operation for business critical applications. All-flash arrays are the best choice when all I/O operations must be completed with consistently low latency, often below 1 millisecond. These are a very good fit when the performance requirement is high and the capacity requirement is modest such as Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), batch processing, business analytics and peak-time virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) logins. This whitepaper will provides tips and techniques for maximizing the performance of all-flash arrays and raise the level OLTP applications.


Snapshot: Successful Mobile Strategies

While the use of mobile devices and apps provide federal workers with much more flexibility than ever before, it also presents new challenges for agencies. In this report, find out what’s going on with mobility in the federal government, along with changes that promise to impact government’s device management, infrastructure and policy.


Regulatory Inspection Analytics

Federal agencies are facing pressure on several fronts. Budgets are shrinking as new governmental mandates rise. Also, the most experienced staff members are nearing retirement. These problems are especially hard for agencies maintaining regulatory oversight. Read this whitepaper to learn how inspection agencies can leverage advanced analytics to optimize efficiency and effectiveness, while also maximizing limited resources.


Predicting and Planning for Federal Workforce Needs

The number of federal workers serving and protecting the public has not kept pace with population growth in the United States. Each year, agencies and service branches are being asked to do more with fewer staff. Managing workforce needs is a critical capability under today’s budget constraints. Read this whitepaper to learn how to navigate these challenges with advanced analytics.


Federal Big Data Analytics

Federal agencies are struggling to make sense out of their big data challenges while trying to utilize big data to improve their mission performance. While commercial companies are leveraging big data to make even more accurate and timely decisions, federal agencies can feel like they are behind the eight ball. Read this whitepaper to learn how to unlock the insights within your data.


IBM Cloud Computing Vision for Federal Solutions

The Federal Government faces significant challenges in the face of budget constraints limiting important investments in new technology. This paper addresses how cloud computing services offer value in solving many of these challenges.


Cloud Security Made Easy

Cloud computing has gone from being the stuff of science fiction to a very real and highly sought-after solution. Its benefits are widely known, but so are its challenges. Download this digital dialogue to learn how to achieve a secure hybrid cloud solution for your organization.


Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Demands, Cyberscope and Beyond

To assist federal agencies with CyberScope reporting and the transition to Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring programs, IBM Endpoint Manager provides insight and control for endpoints with streamlined, automated capabilities for real-time monitoring and remediation of security risks.


Big Data Integration and Analytics for Cyber Security

Conventional methods for mitigating cyber-attacks are no longer sufficient. Big data analytics — along with an advanced, more strategic approach to network security — is needed to disrupt adversary tools and techniques, and render them ineffective.


Helping Secure Your World Using the Power of the Network

Knowledge, they say, is power. This is especially true in cybersecurity. Companies that wish to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their systems and data must remain constantly vigilant against an ever-expanding array of threats. Unfortunately, while the body of known threats expands greatly every day, it remains paradoxically dwarfed by threats that have yet to be discovered. Download this whitepaper to learn further insights into threat data capabilities and solutions.


A Guide to Hybrid Cloud for Government Agencies

Government customers are in need of a secure, compliant enterprise-class hybrid cloud service. Download this informative guide to learn an inside-out approach for extending your agency’s data center to the cloud.


Health IT: Some Pain, Some Gain

Health information technology is the right prescription for a health care system that is struggling to manage huge troves of health-related data and provide better and more affordable services to patients. Although the path to implementing electronic health records and achieving meaningful use has not been without some rough patches, speakers at a September 17th health IT conference in Washington, D.C., agreed that short-term pain is worth the long term-gain. Download this executive summary of the event to learn more.


Flash Storage: A Necessary Disruption

It’s been a long time coming, but there is finally a revolution in storage that is breaking through performance barriers and allowing agencies to realize greater benefit from their growing data stores. The revolution is the all-flash storage array—solid state systems that use multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning hard disk drives. Read this informative whitepaper to learn why organizations are moving toward flash storage and the benefits this technology offers.


Application Deluge and Visibility Imperative

Ensure network performance for your business-critical applications in private data centers, public clouds, and employee-owned mobile devices with complete application-level visibility across the entire environment.


5 Best Practices for Designing Data-Driven Applications

Read this whitepaper to learn how big data and mobile adoption creates new challenges for developers and what emerging best practices offer a guide for creating compelling, high-scale data-driven apps and solutions.


Keeping up with Mobile Demand

There are many areas that government agencies should consider when working to improve mobility infrastructure and strategy. In the year 2016, the use of BYOD in government is expected to climb to 74 percent as agencies work to take advantage of this phenomenon. Based on the analysis of results from a new survey conducted by FCW and Beacon Technology Partners, here are some best practices that may help agencies achieve their mobility goals.


Moving Away from Windows Server 2003: The Time is Now

If your agency still relies on Windows Server 2003, the time to think about migrating is now. Waiting is dangerous; Microsoft will stop supporting the operating system in July of 2015, and the company estimates that an average Windows Server migration takes at least 200 days to complete. Yet according to a survey by HP and Microsoft, 60 percent of impacted customers don’t have a plan for migration. Download this informative whitepaper to learn how to best plan and prepare for your migration.


Cybersecurity: Evolving Threats, Evolving Solutions

Cyber threats are no less abundant than in the past, but they’ve evolved to where the most dangerous easily circumvent traditional defenses. To cope with them — and an expected blizzard of threats against mobile and other information technology — government organizations will need to use a mix of old and new security technologies, and change how they think about cybersecurity.


A New Era of Transparency: 5 Best Practices for Sharing Government Data

Modern transparency enables data insights to action for the greater good. This paper outlines 5 ways for government agencies to utilize, understand and share open data with the public.


Cybersecurity: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Cyber attacks on government networks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, underscoring the importance of fortifying cyber defenses to protect agency data and applications. Developing a cyber posture that appropriately counters these threats has been a challenge, however, since agencies have traditionally relied on piecemeal, manual methods to secure their networks. The good news, however, is that agencies have taken steps toward embracing risk-based, automated approaches to cyber security so that they are able to react to threats in real time, according to speakers at an August 20th conference on Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM). Download this executive summary to learn more.


IBM i2 National Security and Defense Intelligence

The defense and national security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. While the government agencies involved in defense and in national security remain the key national lines of defense, the threats that these agencies face are now more sophisticated. Read this whitepaper to learn how agencies can keep pace with ever more sophisticated attacks.


Contract Guide NetCents-2: Air Force Builds a Bridge to the Future

In this special report, we offer insights into the program as a whole as well as the individual contracts. The information is timely. Although the NetCents program has been around for many years, the Air Force has made significant changes since the first iteration. In many ways, it’s a whole new ballgame.


Migrating to an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud for Government: Top 5 Considerations

Most cloud offerings are not designed to run both legacy and new applications on a common cloud platform. As you expand your IT environment to the cloud, you could face compatibility issues with your existing IT infrastructure and the need to rewrite your applications for specific public cloud platforms. Download this information brief to discover how to address the top five considerations for migrating basic workloads and sensitive data to the cloud.


Combatting Insider Threats in the Federal Agency with Endpoint Security Analytics

Federal agencies are under attack from insider threats. Download this whitepaper to learn about what defines an insider, how to gain visibility into your endpoints, how to establish a baseline and look at real-world scenarios.


GameChanger: Secure Hybrid Cloud for Government

There are many good reasons why agencies choose to put their data, infrastructure or applications in a private cloud; resources are dedicated only to that agency or group of agencies, and security and content are fully controllable. In fact, the majority of federal cloud projects rely solely on private clouds. Yet there are many situations when the hybrid cloud model makes more sense, both from the financial and flexibility perspective. Download this informative gamechanger to learn how to implement a secure hybrid cloud for your agency.


The Devil You Know: Mitigating Insider Security Threats

Do you know what your virtual and cloud admins are doing? Is your agency safe from insider threat? Download this whitepaper by Jill Singer, former CIO of NRO, to learn how to deploy a layered defense.


Aerospace and Defense: An Industry in Transition

Dynamic market forces such as globalization, technology advancements, declining defense budgets, economic power shift towards growth markets, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in the industry are forcing transformation upon both large and small A&D companies. Read this whitepaper to learn about the 3 industry-wide imperatives driving this transformation.


Cloud Paves Way for Big Changes

Several technologies are driving big changes at federal agencies, but at the forefront is cloud computing. Cloud – the use of remote, Internet-hosted servers for storing, managing and processing data in place of on-site technology – is helping along technologies such as those related to collaboration and enabling new ones, such as the analyzation of big data. Download this digital dialogue to learn more on the benefits that come with adopting cloud computing for your organization.


Hybrid Model Eases Path to Cloud Adoption

Although the federal government has made a strong commitment to cloud computing, individual agencies are at varying levels of cloud adoption. It’s not that they question the advantages of cloud – those are broadly recognized. It’s just that the process of adopting the technology has proven to be a challenge. Download this digital dialogue to learn how to successfully conquer the challenges of cloud adoption.


Government Cloud: A New Era in Collaboration

Collaboration is a constant in government. By its very nature, much of the work done in government requires employees to collaborate, either with their co-workers, their colleagues in other agencies or with outside partners. It is not a question of whether feds will collaborate or not-it’s only a question of how effectively. That is why the new generation of online collaboration tools is so important. A new survey by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group shows that agencies are finally ready to move beyond their reliance on e-mail and calendaring and enter a new era of cloud-based collaboration.


New Trajectories for the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Today, aerospace and defense (A&D) companies find themselves at potentially perplexing crossroads. Given the simultaneous drive for profitable operations and innovation, operational strategies require rethinking to ensure both imperatives are met. Read this whitepaper to learn about the challenges and trends driving the need to transform operational strategies.


Next Generation Data Centers: Agencies Find New Options For Flexibility, Efficiency and Power in Data Center Operations

Change often has come slowly to the federal data center, and for good reason. Given the importance of the data center, agencies prefer to stick with traditional designs and solutions. Unfortunately, with the increasing complexity of the IT enterprise, those designs have proven inefficient and inflexible and are not likely to meet future needs. Fortunately, the next generation of data centers, based on new technologies and innovative processes, is quickly taking shape. Download this special report to learn more.


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. IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology, is the leading enterprise cybersecurity solution to help combat cyber threats and eliminate vulnerabilities. Download this whitepaper to discover the main aspects of continuous monitoring that must be addressed and further explore the IBM Endpoint Manager paradigm shift.


Face-to-Face: Big Data

There are some high achievers in government when it comes to managing big data, but many agencies are struggling to stay on top of the vast and varying amounts of information they collect every day. To learn more about big data, download this event overview featuring highlights from the recent event titled "Big Data Management and Analytics: Lessons from Mission Driven Initiatives.”


Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

Now enhanced for FedRAMP and FISMA compliance, SoftLayer, an IBM company, offers US Federal agencies a robust cloud foundation for a wide range of agency missions. The latest capabilities allow for federal agencies to deploy solutions designed precisely for their needs, on-demand or in near-real time. Download this FREE whitepaper to discover how SoftLayer is designed for federal standards and how it can provide the cloud without compromise.


2020 Agenda: Are You Ready?

It’s the year 2014 and we live in the time of an unprecedented technologic disruption. From wearable technology to the Internet of Things, today’s digital and technological disruptions are impacting every facet of the enterprise and changing the rules of business. And, by the year 2020, that impact will grow, making it imperative to actively address these challenges today.


The Viewpoint: Balancing Security and Efficiency

Download this Q&A to gain further insight from industry leaders addressing the challenges faced by many government agencies as they struggle to balance both security and efficiency.


Connected Governments and Agile Militaries: Meeting the Security Requirements of Today’s Evolving Government

For agencies, the evolving IT infrastructure requires a cybersecurity portfolio that is both flexible and advanced enough to combat sophisticated cyber threats. Whether reducing their data center footprints, virtualizing existing services to reduce costs and “go green”, or advancing security to thwart today’s advanced attacks in the field or at home, agencies have different requirements of their cybersecurity solutions. Read this whitepaper to learn how your agency can implement diverse security solutions to help address these pressing needs.


A Modern Framework for Network Security in Government

Agencies are undergoing change in their data centers, virtualizing more services in their network and overall pursuing more efficiency. As such, their cybersecurity needs are changing to demand greater performance, more flexible security policies and enforcement and solutions that understand data center applications. Read this whitepaper to learn the several key steps agencies should consider when implementing their cybersecurity tools.


GameChanger: Coping with Explosive Data Growth

From satellite images and video to transactional and social media data, it’s clear that the amount of data government agencies are dealing with is continuing to grow quickly. Download this informative whitepaper to learn how your organization can overcome the storage and cost challenges of big data growth.


The Viewpoint: Cybersecurity and Mobility Strategy

Not only do agencies need to step up their cybersecurity planning, they also need to enhance their mobile strategies. Download this Q&A to gain further insight from industry leaders on best practices including how to implement cyber and mobile plans today that will be able to handle the growth of user and resource demand in the future.


Mobility, Data Drive Major IT Changes

Mobility is crucial to meeting mission goals at many federal agencies, but it’s still a fairly new practice. Agencies with many mobile workers continue to work out the kinks that smart phone features and mobile applications present, such as security concerns and usage rules. Download this digital dialogue to learn how new approaches to cybersecurity and usage rules are essential to helping the government keep up with evolving technology.


New Technologies Show Growth of VDI

The use and benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are growing, and companies are working to keep up with user demand. Download this informative digital dialogue to gain an industry perspective as five players in the marketplace discuss what their latest offerings can do for end-user computing.


FlexPod Express Infographic: The Cure for Server Sprawl

Small and medium-sized businesses everywhere are reporting symptoms of “server sprawl.” Download this education infographic to learn how FlexPod Express helps you save money and simplify your IT environment through consolidation and virtualization.


Seven Reasons to Simplify Midsize IT Infrastructure

As the number of users and applications grow, there’s an explosion of data and content, and point solutions multiply, exacerbating server sprawl. Download this informative whitepaper to learn the benefits of converged infrastructure solution for virtualized environments and the key considerations for choosing the best platform for your midsize enterprise.


Top 7 Benefits of an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud for Government

VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia® is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service that delivers the tried and tested VMware capabilities widely used by government organizations today, with the added security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization. Download this infographic to further explore the many benefits of hybrid cloud service.


Top 5 Considerations for Migrating to an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud

Most cloud offerings are not designed to run both legacy and new applications on a common cloud platform. As you expand your IT environment to the cloud, you could face compatibility issues with your existing IT infrastructure and the need to rewrite your applications for specific public cloud platforms. Download this information brief to discover how to address the top five considerations for migrating basic workloads and sensitive data to the cloud.