September 19, 2010    /    by

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Is Here --Time to Start Testing?

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive.

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive. Here’s what news.com.au in Australia had to say:

“Internet Explorer 6 struggled to cope with the demands of the modern web user right from the start, and IE7 and IE8 didn't do enough to differentiate themselves to convince people to upgrade. READ MORE

September 6, 2010    /    by

Virginia: We're With You

There have been quite a few headlines lately about the current challenges facing Virginia's government technology infrastructure . From this IEEE Spectrum article, to Computerworld in ...

There have been quite a few headlines lately about the current challenges facing Virginia's government technology infrastructure . From this IEEE Spectrum article, to Computerworld in the USA to the United Kingdom's version of the Computerworld Magazine, the situation has been covered globally in the mainstream and technology press.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has even announced an independent review of the recent "unacceptable" computer outage .   

For the past few weeks, many technology professionals around the country have quietly been watching and hoping for the best for our colleagues in Richmond, Virginia. Despite online criticism , technology leaders in other governments recognize the potential ramifications for all of us. Several of us believe that technology and security pros in government need to do some infrastructure-searching and ask: could a similar failure happen on my network? This is one of those "moments in time" when technology professionals need to take a step back and ponder those nebulous "what ifs." READ MORE

August 24, 2010    /    by

Intel is Buying McAfee: What's Next?

Everyone's talking about Intel's pending acquisition of McAfee for $7.7 billion. The list of questions is long. Did they pay too much - or too little? ...

Everyone's talking about Intel's pending acquisition of McAfee for $7.7 billion. The list of questions is long. Did they pay too much - or too little? Is this the beginning of a new trend or a one-off acquisition? What does this say about the security industry and/or about the state of cyber security in general? What will the impact be for government technology professionals? What can we learn from this action? Bottom line, why did Intel do it?

Leslie Fiering, research VP at Gartner, told SC Magazine , "The goal is to collect and develop IP that can go directly to silicon and bring security down to the hardware level. The embedded security will run outside the OS with a broad variety of software developer hooks. It is highly unlikely that Intel will make any of these proprietary or in any way specific to McAfee.... Bringing security down to the hardware level is particularly critical at a time when exploits at the OS level are getting more sophisticated on PCs and mobile OSs are still highly immature in the security arena." READ MORE

August 15, 2010    /    by

New Cloud Computing Offerings for Government: Yes, They Are Game-Changers

  Are recent announcements of product offerings from Google, Microsoft and others going to fundamentally change government technology service delivery?  Has the long ...

  Are recent announcements of product offerings from Google, Microsoft and others going to fundamentally change government technology service delivery?  Has the long foretold government paradigm shift now begun? Will we look back at 2010 as the pivotal year? Or, is this just another over-hyped tech story?

Lately, I am thinking that the answer may well be yes - we are witnessing a fundamental shift in technology service delivery for government. However, I think the full transformation could take up to a decade (or more) to complete. READ MORE

July 30, 2010    /    by

Should Governments Join Banks in Seeking Customers' Help Online?

"We need your help to stop online thieves."  This surprising message from many banks to their customer base is becoming more popular as online ...

"We need your help to stop online thieves."

 This surprising message from many banks to their customer base is becoming more popular as online bank robbers are getting more sophisticated, patient and dangerous. Gone are the days when marketing brochures insisted that online accounts were just as safe as traditional banking with a teller. The new message seems to be: "We're in this battle together, so can you please lend a hand?" READ MORE

July 18, 2010    /    by

Too Much eMail? New Survey Results Say Yes

  How much email is too much? New survey results from Harris Interactive found that 50 emails a day may be the breaking point for employees. ...

 

How much email is too much? New survey results from Harris Interactive found that 50 emails a day may be the breaking point for employees. Other key findings include: READ MORE

July 5, 2010    /    by

Social networks can redefine "guilty by association"

Earlier this week I received an email from an out of state friend and respected colleague who I haven't heard from in a while. He ...

Earlier this week I received an email from an out of state friend and respected colleague who I haven't heard from in a while. He got straight to the point. "I just discovered that I'm only three hops away on LinkedIn from one of the suspected Russian spies . But guess what, you're even closer. You're only two hops away."

 Put in the other terms, my (real life) friend was telling me that I was linked (had a connection which is similar to a "friend" on Facebook) to someone who had an online connection to one of the alleged spies.  READ MORE

June 21, 2010    /    by

Personal Privacy at Work: Supreme Court Reinforces Status Quo

In a unanimous decision last week, the US Supreme Court rejected the privacy claims of an employee who was texting using employer-provided equipment.  According ...

In a unanimous decision last week, the US Supreme Court rejected the privacy claims of an employee who was texting using employer-provided equipment.  According to the Washington Times,

"The ruling essentially maintains the status quo of allowing employers to implement policies preventing employees from using company communication equipment for personal use. READ MORE

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