Whitepapers


Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Holds Promise for Agencies

Blockchain is gaining traction among agencies as a way to create permanent, secure, and transparent transactions for numerous application beyond the original intent for which it was created. Blockchain is a shared, immutable, distributed ledger for recording transaction history. It is typically associated with the Bitcoin brand of digital currency, but it can be used for more than that. Download this informative report from a recent event titled "Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin: Transforming Government Security" to learn how some agencies such as the General Services Administration (GSA) have already reaped the benefits of a blockchain and other agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are still testing the waters as they iron out key management and privacy issues.


Security Execs, It's Time We Had The Integrity Talk

By nature of its definition, true integrity allows for no variance between something’s established value and its current state. For security executives, the meaning—and role—of integrity has been somewhat difficult to pin down and even more challenging to manage. Originally, integrity, as defined in the SANS Institute’s CIA Triad, was narrowly focused on organizational data and making sure that data remained unchanged by external sources. It was one of three components—Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability—viewed as critical to identifying and mitigating risk to the data. Unfortunately, most organizations tend to invest heavily in tools and processes that enable confidentiality and availability, while integrity is the least addressed component. Learn how to make the change in your organization and the benefits in this informative report.


Boost Cybersecurity with Identity as a Service

Agencies are starting to realize that identity and access management (IAM) is critical to the success of digital initiatives. In this enterprise outlook, we explore how to develop a strong IAM through cloud-based models and multi-factor authentication.


Millennials Compound Cybersecurity Concerns

Even as a more technologically savvy workforce is emerging at a time of digital innovation, the potential still exists for new and increased insider threats. Because of this cultural shift, government agencies are starting to adapt their views on security, and implementing new processes and solutions for mitigating evolving threats. Download this digital dialogue to learn more highlights from our recent cybersecurity webcast series.


The New Security Landscape: Identity-Driven Security

The traditional concept of security has changed dramatically and continues to change. Between the dissolving network perimeter, mobile devices, and running workloads on the cloud, the challenge of ensuring a consistent security posture requires a new approach. The focus has shifted to continuous monitoring of all network endpoints wherever they may exist and ensuring data protection by enforcing more thorough and consistent identity policies. Agencies must ensure people logging on to their network are truly who they claim to be. This Enterprise Outlook report “Identity-Driven Security” will help inform your choices and strategies as you navigate this changing security landscape.


The Case for Cloud WiFi

Over the years, the architecture of wireless local area networks (WLANs) has evolved to keep pace with changing wireless needs and updated 802.11 standards and amendments. As WLAN has become more critical and reliable, the concept of an all-wireless office is becoming a reality for many organizations.


The DMARC Challenge for Federal Agencies

On October 16, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is requiring federal agencies to implement Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) on their email-sending domains within 90 days. This directive is a step on the right track to help prevent email fraud, however agencies still have more progress to make.


Digital Transformation First, Then IT Modernization

Download this summary to access key highlights and takeaways from our recent event, “Digital Transformation: Laying the Foundation for IT Modernization” event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25, hosted by MetTel.


SD-WAN: Transform Your Agency

Many organizations across federal and state and local agencies are in need of a more reliable, more available and higher performing network. Download this whitepaper to learn about the benefits of SD-WAN powered by MetTel Federal and how it can provide an effective solution for your agency.


The Federal Cyber AI IQ Test

With the advent of cloud, IoT, and other next-gen technologies, the Federal government's digital footprint is growing at an exponential rate. But as the amount of data explodes, so does the number of cyber adversaries and vulnerabilities in our government’s networks. Read this report to learn more about cognitive security adoption trends and how it can help to protect your agency.


Take a Practical Approach to Modernization

As agencies modernize their IT systems to deliver better and more secure services, they must also devote equal attention to the management, workforce, and leadership aspects of modernization as they do the technology. Currently, there are several executive orders and reports motivating agencies to modernize their IT, beef up cybersecurity, and deliver improved mission results. Learn more about the practical approaches that can help agencies succeed with their IT modernization strategy.


Hybrid IT Supports Agency Modernization

As government agencies are looking to move their technology workloads to the cloud to bolster their security, they are still grappling with older legacy systems as well and the pressure to consolidate their data centers and improve security. Most are looking at a hybrid IT approach to enable them to move applications to the cloud while maintaining older legacy systems that are not yet ready to transition. The overall goal is to reduce infrastructure requirements to save money, exploit "as-a-service" capabilities, reduce application footprints and minimize its cyberattack surface.


Avoid Modernization Missteps

As agencies develop their plans for IT modernization, they must ensure it's a flexible plan that looks beyond tools and technology. IT modernization isn't just about technology, but also about determining the problems that need to be solved. It is important for agencies to take time to clarify their organizational and mission goals, re-evaluate their business processes, and not get too caught up in the tools or the platforms to ensure success.


Choosing The Right Tool For The Job

To be competitive in the changing global landscape, companies and organizations need even more powerful machines today to drive efficiencies and provide a faster time to market, at lower costs. Download this informative asset to learn how workstations, specifically designed to power through high-workload technical or scientific applications, deliver greater performance and reliability compared to mainstream PCs.


Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Workstation over a PC

It seems every business sector—automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy industry, consumer goods, even agriculture—wants “smarter” products that will comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) and form the basis for the connected factory of the future. For engineering departments, large and small, that means today’s design engineering teams are being asked to create more complex product designs, simulate more advanced mechanical and electrical phenomena, and virtually assemble components as part of larger systems—all in less time.


The Rugged Truth: TCO of Rugged vs. Non-Rugged Computing Devices

Are you trying to determine if a rugged notebook or tablet is right for your business? Technology Business Research, Inc.(TBR) found in their research, purchasers should understand the true value of their mobile computing by calculating the total cost of ownership to see if a switch to rugged systems is worthwhile. In order to help IT and organizational purchasers make the right computing investment, Dell and Intel® recently worked with VDC Research to understand the true total cost of ownership for rugged vs. non–rugged notebooks and tablets in harsh work environments. Read this white paper to see the costs associated with each scenario and to help you determine if a rugged solution would benefit your business.


Real-World Testing Ensures Real-World Performance for Rugged Devices

The increasingly mobile nature of technology enables computing devices to go out into the field with workers. And computing devices leaving the office face the same perils as their human counterparts.


Modernization is Key to Securing Identity

It is time to look at modern technology and how it can help find a new way forward. President Trump's Executive Order 13800, issued in May, has four primary pillars to drive the modernization of existing systems: ensuring security and digitization are the foundation of modernization efforts, securing critical information, international partnerships and deterrents and building a trained and capable workforce in both the public and private sector. Learn how to overcome obstacles such as compliance, costs, and culture to achieve better security.


Rugged Mobility: 4 Mission Critical Requirements to Keep Remote Workers

To provide users with complete ruggedized solutions, devices need much more than extremely reliable performance in harsh working conditions. They need security, manageability, support and, when required, readily available service. That way, remote workers can stay productive no matter where they are, what they’re doing or the conditions they face.


Digital Transformation Takes Planning and Collaboration

Digital transformation, spurred on by the technological advancements, has helped government agencies deliver new and better services to their citizens and ultimately improve internal operations. However, true digital transformation is a journey that requires long-term vision, collaboration, and a strong connection with the customer, according to speakers at our recent event. Learn more about the priorities with digital transformation in this informative report.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Comes of Age

The promise of practical AI and machine-learning is particularly relevant to the IT modernization efforts currently underway throughout government agencies. Driven by the expectations of an increasingly digital-savvy public, agencies have been straining to transform their sprawling, aged, costly, and resource-heavy IT environments into something that can quickly and efficiently deliver citizen-friendly digital services. Learn more about this technology modernization in this Enterprise Outlook report.


Cyber Guide: Stay Ahead of Security

If there is one constant in the world of cybersecurity, it’s that nothing stays the same. The manner in which agencies connect to and use technology continues to evolve and unfortunately cyberthreats are also changing to adapt and find new vulnerabilities.


6 Keys to Government Cloud Modernization

Maintaining a flexible infrastructure, as well s flexible processes and attitudes, is critical to truly modernizing the government’s use of the cloud. Explore this Infographic to learn the 6 keys to government modernization.


NETCENTS-2 Makes Good Business Sense

The Defense Department’s focus on net-centric war fighting has sharpened over the past decade. Along the way, its IT contract vehicles have become more important as a way to focus technology on that goal. Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) is a critical contract vehicle to help the Air Force acquire technology tailored to its specific mission needs.


Army's Next Contract Move

As technology continues to evolve, contract vehicles also have to change to keep up with the needs of government agencies in how they procure technology. The Army’s IT Enterprise Solution (ITES) contracts are a good example of that; especially the hardware-specific contract ITES-3H.


Cloud Security Evolves

As cloud becomes an integral part of an agency’s enterprise, security becomes even more crucial. Learn how the cloud creates a new dynamic between agencies, users, and vendor partners with regards to their cybersecurity roles and responsibilities, and why there must be transparency in how these roles are carried out.


Give Cloud its Due

Cloud is an integral part of an agency's modernization plan today. As agencies begin to move to modernize systems and consolidate data centers, they are looking to the cloud to improve the flexibility, efficiency, and scalability of their operations - as well as how to sustain cloud in the long term. Download this informative report focused on a recent cloud event to hear how different agencies are saying farewell to their data center, evaluating their cloud options and communicating with their team to successfully transition to the cloud.


Maximize the Cloud

In order to get the most out of cloud, agencies need a holistic plan that considers not only the technology, but also the cultural, policy, and funding issues associated with this fundamental shift. Read this one-page paper for some quick expert tips on leveraging cloud the right way.


View Data as an Asset

Who owns your data? Download this informative report to hear how the Small Business Administration (SBA) is managing their cloud strategy, along with understanding the importance of data ownership, data management and data governance and how a shift to the cloud can prepare your agency to successfully manage the influx of data.


Disrupt the Machine-to-Human Fight with a New Defender Lifecycle Model

Traditional security strategies focused on prevention are no longer sufficient to defend against the increasing speed, volume and polymorphic nature of today’s cyber threats. Instead, organizations must embrace a new Defender Lifecycle Model, which shifts control and advantage from the attacker back to the defender by integrating machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and security workflow automation with a foundation of pervasive coverage.


Managing the Risk of Privileged Accounts and Passwords in Defense Organizations

Even with two-factor authentication in place, passwords still present challenges. Learn how to reduce authentication risks while streamlining administrative workflows with One Identity Safeguard.


ADMC-2: Army Tech Contract Joins Elite Level

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) made the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-2 (ADMC-2) a “Best-in-Class” federal IT contract earlier this year. It is just one of four so far to be given that designation. It specifies ADMC-2 as one contract all agencies, military and civilian, should consider as a preferred source for their IT needs. In this contract profile, we explore one of the most prominent aspects of ADMC-2, the consolidated buy.


Category 6A: The Cabling of Choice for New Installations

This white paper explores the history and likely future of data communications and power over Ethernet technologies to explain what makes Category 6A fundamentally different from Categories 5e and 6, and why it matters today. When considering these factors together, Category 6A is the clear choice for any new installation, serving applications that are emerging today and are expected to become prevalent over the next five years.


Mobile Security: The 6 Questions Modern Organizations Are Asking

How secure is your mobile workforce? Sophisticated mobile threats with the ability to target valuable enterprise data and devices are a reality. To achieve the highest level of protection for critical mobile infrastructure integrate your EMM/MDM solution with endpoint security for mobile threat defense, app risk mitigation, and compliance. Read this whitepaper to learn what six questions you need to be asking to make sure your enterprise is safe and secure.


The Spectrum of Mobile Risk

Read the "Spectrum of Mobile Risk" data-based report which will provide you a comprehensive overview of the real-world risk landscape facing organizations like yours. You'll learn the types of mobile threats and vulnerabilities that put your organization at risk, how app behaviors and configurations pose an unseen risk to your enterprise and how to begin evaluating your organization’s spectrum of risk today.


Top 4 Mobile Security Insights for CISOs

Over the past year, Gartner has provided important observations and guidance as to the shift in the mobile enterprise security market. In this report, we cover the top 4 key insights and recommendations to prepare for strategic mobile security conversations with your organization's decision makers.


Research Report: VDI Gains Ground with Room to Grow

In a recent study by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, over 115 federal, state and local government respondents were surveyed on their views and their agency’s experiences with VDI. Topics included VDI adoption status, IT challenges and strategies, implementation benefits, and hosting and purchasing preferences. Download this research report to gain access to the survey findings.


Transform Government for a Digital Future

We stand on the brink of a technology transformation that will mark significant changes in the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Advancements in network communications, digital systems, machine learning, and large-scale data analysis are driving this transformation.


eBook: Virtualization Drives Agency Modernization

As government agencies continue to move ahead with efforts like increasing use of mobile devices and strengthening security, virtualization is proving to be a critical technology. In this eBook , we explore how agencies can adopt modern technologies enabled by virtualization to revolutionize environments and build a digital workplace.


Intelligent Automation Can Dramatically Improve Cybersecurity

The nature and extent of cybersecurity vulnerabilities continues to expand. Despite this challenging environment, many agency budgets have grown by meager amounts, remained stagnant, or been cut. However, intelligent automation can help government agencies transform business processes, reduce costs, and improve citizen experience and workforce satisfaction, all while keeping information safe. Read more on how these tools can help automate routine tasks so your agency can ensure quick and effective response to cybersecurity threats.


Hyperconvergence Drives Digital Transformation

As government agencies continue to follow the path toward true digital transformation, technologies like hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) are helping pave the way. HCI—compute, storage and networking technologies all managed through a single software defined appliance—is helping government agencies modernize their infrastructure, consolidate data centers and save costs—all tactical objectives in driving their full digital transformation. Learn more about how HCI is driving the digital transformation in government.


Advanced Analytics Still Rich with Untapped Potential for National Security

Government and military organizations are at a turning point with their use of advanced analytics. It’s not just a matter of collecting more data. It’s about the utility of that data for smarter, actionable insights to help shape decision-making and better support their missions.


GameChanger: Driving the Mobile Workforce

The federal government is clearly encouraging agencies to become more digitally savvy. And agencies are doing just that by embracing digital technologies like cloud, collaboration tools, Internet of Things (IoT) and pervasive mobility. In this GameChanger, we explore how to get the most out of your organization’s digital transformation by using an integrated approach to mobility to help create a fully digital workplace.


FAA's SAVES Program Eyes the Future

In this contract profile, we explore the Federal Aviation Administration’s Strategic Acquisition of Various Equipment and Supplies (SAVES) contract that provides commodity products and services. We highlight the current focus that enables them to deliver better pricing and faster purchasing as well as take a look at what changes are on the horizon for this successful contract vehicle.


The Staying Power of SEWP

With nearly 150 approved contractors, a huge array of products, and stellar customer service, it’s no surprise NASA SEWP (Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement) is still going strong after 24 years. In this special report, we take an in-depth look at this contract’s operations, processes and key offerings as well as highlight the benefits that make SEWP the reigning go-to vehicle for agencies needing to acquire advanced commercial technology.


Master the Windows 10 Migration

There is a renewed focus on integrated security with Windows 10 that is closely tied to the security enhancements hardware manufacturers have built into the new generations of PC systems. While many of the new features in Windows 10 will operate on older PCs, migrating to a complementary hardware platform at the same time as the new OS is recommended to ease the migration process.


Agencies Plan Their Journey to the Cloud

Download this informative Event Summary to learn how agencies are progressing their cloud adoption initiatives, despite some hurdles around procurement and security, to achieve agility, flexibility, security and scalability and the opportunity to save overall agency dollars.


Insider Threats - How to Detect, Remediate Prevent Insider Attacks

Join this panel webinar as cybersecurity experts discuss the rising insider threat and what IT security professionals can do to better detect, remediate and prevent insider attacks. This on-demand webinar reviews the key findings of the latest Insider Threat Report and discuss practical steps to protect against insider threats.


Protect Data in Transit: A Forward-Thinking Approach

Agencies commonly agree on the importance of data encryption in their cybersecurity efforts, however sometimes lose sight of the particular advantages of high-speed encryption, especially when it is performed at the optical layer. Learn more in this informative report to better understand how applying optical encryption to in-flight data can help ensure greater data security for you!


Use Data to Drive Better Decisions

Using a browser-based platform to collect an agency’s enterprise data in one place and providing a seamless view of that information to agency executives is critical for comprehensive agency management and better decision-making. Agency executives have to see everything from the organization’s Enterprise Architecture to IT Portfolio Management in order to enable business transformation at the speed of the agency’s mission. This whitepaper will explain how using a browser-based platform like InQuisient puts users in control, providing advanced visualization for real-time health assessments and decision-making.