June 13, 2010    /    by

New Mobile Opportunities with Key Fobs

Imagine this:  " A motorist still at the office can use a cell phone to remotely start his car or truck, adjust the temperature, confirm ...

Imagine this:  " A motorist still at the office can use a cell phone to remotely start his car or truck, adjust the temperature, confirm the vehicle is locked, detect an intruder, check the fuel level and make sure the tires are properly inflated.

Later, if the gas tank is running low, a couple of taps on the phone's screen locates a gas station and downloads directions, so the navigation system is programmed and ready when the driver reaches the car parked blocks away."
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June 1, 2010    /    by

vGov - A New Virtual World for Government

 Move over Second Life , a new virtual world is being created for the federal government called vGov. According to Government Computer News: "The ...

 Move over Second Life , a new virtual world is being created for the federal government called vGov. According to Government Computer News: "The vGov virtual world environment is now being built and is expected to go online starting in July. It will be used for employee education, continuity of operations training, cybersecurity education and disaster response..."

 vGov is a joint federal effort with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Air Force and National Defense University iCollege joining forces to create the vGov virtual world behind a secure firewalls that require authentication to enter. The virtual world will initially be limited to federal employees. READ MORE

May 17, 2010    /    by

Free Cloud Storage through the Back Door?

Try typing "free storage" into a Google search, and you'll get almost 47 million results. Here are a few highlights: Mozy.com offers: "2GB, Absolutely Free ...

Try typing "free storage" into a Google search, and you'll get almost 47 million results. Here are a few highlights:

Mozy.com offers: "2GB, Absolutely Free - Not A Trial! Fast, Secure, And Free." READ MORE

May 8, 2010    /    by

NASCIO Midyear Conference Recap

The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Midyear Conference for 2010 was held during the last week of April in Baltimore.  The attendance was the ...

The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Midyear Conference for 2010 was held during the last week of April in Baltimore.  The attendance was the highest ever for a NASCIO Midyear Conference, and I was impressed with the content, speakers and overall agenda . This blog briefly covers some of the highlights from my perspective.

On Tuesday afternoon, a pre-conference session on Identity Management was held. We heard updates on ongoing activities in several states, Washington DC and federal agencies, and we discussed the upcoming draft document entitled: The National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions .  If you're looking for more information on this new national strategy, here's another article on this topic. The discussion and break-out sessions were excellent. This issue is sure to be a hot topic in coming months, so stay tuned for more updates on this pivotal aspect of digital government. (I plan to spend more time blogging on this topic later this summer.) READ MORE

April 24, 2010    /    by

Enforcing Enterprise Standards: Who, What, When, Where and How?

Since posting a blog on the Apple iPad's effect on government standards a few weeks back, I've received several questions from around the country regarding ...

Since posting a blog on the Apple iPad's effect on government standards a few weeks back, I've received several questions from around the country regarding Michigan Government's processes surrounding the enforcement of enterprise standards. This topic seems to have generated a lot of interest from readers. Here's a quick overview of some of our controls.

Almost all state and local governments have laws, policies, rules and regulations regarding purchasing various hardware and software products and developing technology standards. But enquiring minds want to know how we control purchases, enforce policies, provide guidance, and manage the product standards once they are determined. Are there any "best practices" that I can share from Michigan on policy and standards governance? Beyond credit card limits and purchasing work flow approvals, how do we manage the formal approval process for requests and get to "yes" for our business customers? When do we bend and who gives in when business areas come to us with genuine (essential) requirements and real needs - and not just wants? READ MORE

April 12, 2010    /    by

Tough Press Lately for Cloud Computing

There's been some tough press lately for cloud computing. Recent conferences on the topic have turned more negative as very high expectations are slow to ...

There's been some tough press lately for cloud computing. Recent conferences on the topic have turned more negative as very high expectations are slow to be met.

Computerworld Magazine described this rising frustration in a recent article which highlighted comments from the recent SaaScon conference . Here's a short excerpt: READ MORE

April 4, 2010    /    by

iPad versus Enterprise Standards: Who Wins?

iPad fever is here! On a weekend that celebrates Easter, the NCAA Final Four and record warm temperatures over half the country, everyone seems to ...

iPad fever is here! On a weekend that celebrates Easter, the NCAA Final Four and record warm temperatures over half the country, everyone seems to be talking about the latest must-have, cool-tool the Apple iPad .

Just in case, you haven't seen it on TV or noticed any long lines out in front of Apple stores, the iPad has been covered by news outlets and technology magazines for several months. So if you can't beat them, join them. (Hence this blog on what it means for technology staff who need to adjust to this new normal.) READ MORE

April 2, 2010    /    by

Redefining Enemies: 21st Century Crime Knows No Borders

I was jogging on my treadmill when I saw the breaking news on ABC - Moscow subway bombing just occurred. It was Monday morning, March 29, ...

I was jogging on my treadmill when I saw the breaking news on ABC - Moscow subway bombing just occurred. It was Monday morning, March 29, and I stared at my television in disbelief. My wife walked in the room as I pointed to the TV, "That's the same metro station that we were in four weeks ago. That's just a few blocks from Red Square."

After I watched the horrible scenes , I felt the same shock that I've felt several times since 9/11/2001. Those feelings hit me when I watched the coverage of the bombs going off on the London underground and after the trains were bombed in Spain. "That could have easily been us. We were just there!" READ MORE

March 24, 2010    /    by

Headlines from Google to Cybercrime take Center Stage

 In my twenty-five years as a security and technology professional, I have never seen so many hot headlines around technology issues. Whether you are ...

 In my twenty-five years as a security and technology professional, I have never seen so many hot headlines around technology issues. Whether you are reading the papers, watching TV or surfing the web, the tech headlines are almost rivaling March Madness and the Health Care stories. Let's jump right in:

Google Pulls Out of China :  Of course, this is the hottest story out there right now, with daily updates. The stakes are high on so many fronts, and all aspects of this story are being reported by many sources. Here are a few perspectives:  READ MORE

March 13, 2010    /    by

What's Next for Privacy?

 I read a very interesting CNET article yesterday entitled, "Why no one cares about privacy anymore." I urge you to take five ...

 I read a very interesting CNET article yesterday entitled, "Why no one cares about privacy anymore." I urge you to take five minutes and read it. If you have ten minutes more, continue on and read the comments.

 Here's an interesting excerpt: READ MORE