Whitepapers


Leverage the Power of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised as a technological game changer. Government agencies are already deploying devices and sensors to gather data, while others are still experimenting with or studying options to leverage the IoT. As with any new technology, these capabilities come with a lot of promise, but also many implementation concerns and challenges. Chief among those concerns are management and security, experts said during the recent webcast, “Taking IT to the Edge: Delivering on the Promise of IoT.” As the new era of computing presents precautions and potential for government agencies, learn how to leverage the power of IoT.


Shared Services and Emerging Technologies Modernize Government

It’s no secret technology evolves rapidly, and that government agencies can’t keep up. That’s why the concept of shared services—centralizing service provisioning—has made waves among federal agencies. It has evolved over time, from a 20th century model in which agencies looked inward to a 21st-century model based on as-a-service offerings and outsourcing. Learn from the experts to hear how federal agencies are using technology of the future today to meet mission requirements and budgets.


Data-Driven Decisions Streamline Agency Operations

As agencies continue to gather more data, deriving the maximum amount of value and intelligence from the data becomes even more critical. Properly applying data analytics can help present the right data in the right format. Structured and unstructured data, operational data, financial results, and other data can be mined to unlock insights that help drive improved decisions and understanding. This report helps illuminate the tactics agency leaders can take to glean more value form their data stores.


Content Management is Key to Solving a Data Deluge

In a recent survey, we asked agencies about how they are currently managing their data, their views on modernization efforts and what plans they have to establish true digital transformation. In this market insights report, we breakdown the key take-a-ways from our survey findings.


AI, Analytics and the Future of Your Enterprise

Data is the new currency. Are you capitalizing on the full potential of data analytics? In our big data primer, you’ll learn how to overcome three key challenges facing organizations today: Managing overwhelming amounts of data; Leveraging new, complex tools and technologies; Developing the necessary skills and infrastructure. The future belongs to organizations that leverage their data most effectively, so don't wait.


Modern Storage Accelerates Data Insights, Speeding Innovation

Deep learning opens up new worlds of possibility in AI, enabled by advances in computational capacity, the explosion in data, and the advent of deep neural networks. But data is evolving quickly and legacy storage systems are not keeping up. Read this MIT Technology Review custom paper to learn how advanced AI applications require a modern all-flash storage infrastructure that is built specifically to work with high-powered analytics, helping to accelerate business outcomes.


People are the Heart of Network Security

As technology and federal agency business practices evolve, so too do the best practices associated with maintaining an effective security posture. Involving the people more directly through training sessions and less formal one-on-one conversations, even having them help craft network security guidelines, is moving in the right direction. You can learn how successful agencies are doing this by registering for this whitepaper.


Team Approach Helps Agencies Overcome CDM Challenges

Now in its fifth year, the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring (CDM) system is intended to help provide federal agencies with the tools and processes they need to ensure greater security and better defense against cyberthreats. Many agencies have made significant progress, but increased and more involved partnerships are critical to continuing to move forward. Read more about this high level approach by registering to receive this whitepaper.


Identity Management Continues to Evolve

As federal agencies continue their march toward modernization and meeting the requirements of the federal CDM mandates, they are finding new tools and frameworks to help meet mandates and mission requirements. New technologies and increased use of cloud services are also changing the way agencies handle identity management. While there has been significant progress, many gaps remain that will involve not only new technology, but also evolving business processes. Register for this whitepaper to understand the experts’ approach.


Protect Data Wherever It Exists

Risk management and data protection policies are struggling to keep up with the ever-expanding network edge, mobile devices, and employees working for virtually anywhere on an expanding array of devices. Traditional approaches to securing data no longer apply. Now agencies need to better understand where data is located, where it’s moving to, and use segmented approach to apply more protection to more valuable data; as this whitepaper explains. Register now to read more details.


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.


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.


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.


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.