Opinion


5 myths of managed services

Federal IT leaders who are reluctant to rely on managed services providers are missing out on one of the best investments they can make.

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IT modernization, improved cybersecurity and innovation are all intertwined

New survey shows agency CIOs, CTOs and CISOs agree on the needs, and lament the slow pace of progress.

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How to construct tomorrow's information management professional

The government lacks the workforce to handle the exponential growth of information and information assets.

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How AI can be a game changer for government

Automating routine citizen services will allow federal employees to focus on more creative and fulfilling tasks.

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Is the U.S. handing over control of the internet?

Despite some alarmist headlines about the transfer of a key internet architecture function, the fact remains that the U.S. cannot relinquish control that it does not have.

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Future-readying the federal workforce

Most agencies have the data and domain knowledge needed to drive innovation. Now they need a culture that attracts and nurtures the necessary talent.

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Priming the pump for innovation in the next administration

A new report offers a range of suggestions for encouraging and sustaining innovation in government.

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High-profile hacks and the asymmetry of disclosure

Data leaks are impossible to reverse, so the best strategy is to prevent intruders from having prolonged, unfettered access to systems in the first place.

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Modular procurement and the dark side of the force

Agencies can't afford the risk that comes with IT Death Stars.

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How social media can help spot insider threats

A recent directive on using individuals’ social media activity in the security clearance process is a good first step, but it could go even further.

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Beyond the lab: Government innovation in unlikely places

Dedicated innovation shops are in vogue, but a culture of user-centered thinking can be put to work in any corner of government.

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How end users can make or break an agency migration

IT modernization is a risky endeavor, and agencies too often overlook the human factor.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

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