MeriTalk Updates Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:51:41 -0400 Research: Cloud Confusion: Is Private Cloud Holding Feds Back? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:38:52 -0400 {63a5cfeb-65bd-ceea-479f-b44e49d08a33} Blog: Searching for the Right Fit Federal agencies are struggling with their old IT networks. It may be time for a makeover. Put away the polyester. Burn the bell bottoms. Old networks lead to complexity, and that makes it harder Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:45 -0400 {fe8f5235-27a1-fe11-699e-caf6d8c1766b} Blog: Social Shenanigans? Social Shenanigans? Ever wonder about the validity of social media? What's the moniker – trust but verify? I've always had my suspicions about Facebook Likes. Not to mention those ran Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:58:31 -0400 {9a6a8119-4c15-a3de-f6dc-e2b70e493652} Research: The Federal Simplicity Report: Navigating Network Complexity Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:26:08 -0400 {8667f194-6280-2238-caa5-e1bc3a857d50} Blog: P.S. I Love You Nothing excites this town like scandalous behavior. The Library of Congress this month will unseal love letters written by President Warren G. Harding. The 29th president – generally regarded a Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:56:48 -0400 {86ff6a43-3441-c247-e8f8-7a4cc2941899} Blog: Independence Day?  Independence Day? You may think that 238 years ago, your ancestors sent my ancestors packing. On the 4th, I like to remind folks I'm Irish.  All this independent spirit inspired Mer Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:39:39 -0400 {13309c41-74e0-694e-d4e8-603da27561ff} Research: Consolidation Aggravation Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:36:44 -0400 {e8e3d03e-ae25-563b-3fa9-759613a72fa6} Blog: DISA Takes the Long View David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been thinking about cloud a lot lately. DOD rolled out DISA’s milCloud in March. Bennett, who took over as DISA CIO in October Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:57 -0400 {f30c7ab7-261a-d42e-7199-66c1288a0416} Blog: Death. Taxes. DC Traffic. The joke’s on us. Interstate 66. Metro (I’m looking at you, Red Line). The 14th Street Bridge. Route 50. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway. At some point they will ruin your day, and everyone h Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:30:54 -0400 {fbb3c19e-7c73-79bd-01d1-ecef6666dd14} Blog: Hat Trick, Heaven or Hell? Hat Trick, Heaven or Hell? Is it me, or is it slow in Fed IT? Maybe it's because everybody’s watching the World Cup? Worldwide viewership is four times that for the Olympics – and global p Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:13 -0400 {0b84cd65-2cc5-7d9d-2575-32eaf0afad51} Whitepaper/Study: The Human Factor at the Core of Federal Cybersecurity Despite widespread concern, a question mark remains over the current state of federal cybersecurity.   A trove of new research into this question provides greater insight. Integrating primary r Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:37:59 -0400 {97c040be-518d-09bd-0882-c06ef6d0ac83} Whitepaper/Study: Dell Software Solutions for Identity and Access Management in Government: Connected Security The federal government’s Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (FICAM) framework defines the required functionality for Identity and Access Management in U.S. agency and organization in Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:34:26 -0400 {4804eaae-bd7b-ccf1-0243-217aee0d8d82} Whitepaper/Study: Solving the Security Puzzle: How Government Agencies Can Mitigate Today’s Threats This white paper unveils best practices and technology solutions that help government agencies minimize the risk of security breaches by proactively closing vulnerability gaps caused by insufficient v Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:31:52 -0400 {07d37dc7-cad0-1b96-9a55-f90d19b21396} Whitepaper/Study: Data Replication and Integration Tools: Reducing Risk & Improving Reliability for Federal Agencies Federal agencies are always looking for ways to serve their constituents and users more efficiently. Given the vast amounts of data agencies collect, integrating applications and data from numerous so Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:24:11 -0400 {6094abc5-8edc-c3ce-dcdc-76700c054322} Whitepaper/Study: Governance, Risk and Compliance Software: Consistency Keeps Your Agency’s Data Secure Regardless of your agency’s mission, Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software puts the consistent systems in place that keep your data secure and your agency in compliance with Federal mandate Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:17:19 -0400 {0f4f2831-8050-5415-5c72-7794881ad6a5} Blog: Hero or Zero? Hero or Zero? Fed IT’s a jungle. Healthcare dot bombs. Super spies and insider imbeciles. To say nothing of hacker hijackers, big data booby traps, data center delinquents, and box huggers. M Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:18:06 -0400 {d53d32a2-ab37-6436-a47d-c87c7c2ef341} Blog: A Big Deal: The World Cup and Cyber Crime What do cybercrime and soccer have in common? Both are big and getting bigger. When the World Cup begins tomorrow, Spain, Germany, and Brazil will have the best odds of winning. They have dynamic Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:49:04 -0400 {be1042f5-6951-74a9-71f6-6c520397025a} Blog: CDM Roadtest CDM Roadtest CDM is all about numbers – $6 billion, 17 primes, legions of subcontractors, and one big question. Is the shiny new program making Uncle Sam's cyber security safer? This' Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:13:55 -0400 {39d559ff-b366-482a-cf62-aa3f26649b08} Blog: FedRAMP Deadline Arrives Today Today’s the big day. Maybe. Two years after Feds launched FedRAMP, cloud service providers must finish jumping over all the hurdles if they want to have a part in this program with the funny na Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:53:21 -0400 {bc61e65e-fee1-ebe0-ea19-56ec3daab94b} Research: CDM: Under the Hood Fri, 30 May 2014 18:08:41 -0400 {195c7c2e-151f-f9bb-ce6f-52f235aa33c4} Blog: Automated Spend Analytics - A Must for Every Federal Agency Strategic sourcing is focused on reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while also delivering results, agility, and innovation. Private sector is well on its way to capitalizing on strategic sou Thu, 29 May 2014 15:26:49 -0400 {df89bd5e-b139-1914-17f7-a6f9ec478554} Blog: Halvorsen Hates Iowa Halvorsen Hates Iowa But he’s really got it in for data centers, applications, and cost. In a world of posturing and politics, I'd like to take a minute to salute Terry Halvorsen as he steps Thu, 29 May 2014 13:53:57 -0400 {a74d5c5b-3d8c-37de-898a-71e3986cf0d6} Blog: Inappropriate? Inappropriate? While the weather’s tip top, the May 7 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on Federal IT investments would have left Bill Murray with a chill. While the Ghostbuster suffer Thu, 22 May 2014 15:11:28 -0400 {a84222ab-77a8-37e4-72ce-501df9191219} Blog: Can the Cloud Prevent Insider Threats? Some Say So   The cloud is a lot of things. Is it also a cyber security tool? Maybe so. Rep. Darrell Issa made an interesting observation this week at the Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group’s discu Wed, 21 May 2014 18:04:56 -0400 {628847e7-c531-ebe7-5344-015ee8c29729} Blog: The Civil Service Crisis The Federal workforce is in freefall. 42 percent of Federal employees are 50+ (compared to 6 percent under 30) and nearly one-third will be eligible to retire in 2017 – including two-thirds of t Wed, 21 May 2014 17:43:24 -0400 {e8b709b7-4c5c-17cc-5e4c-1fd0fc97991d} Classified: Unlimited Bandwidth - Dedicated Servers Ricoh India is one of the leading data center service providers in the country having state of the art Tier 3 Data Centers in New Delhi and Kolkata. The Data Center is precision-controlled air-conditi Tue, 20 May 2014 01:02:04 -0400 {83c31c42-2363-1519-44f5-c85d80211a3e} Blog: FISMA's American Idol Moment Do you watch American Idol anymore? Me neither. At its peak, some 38 million Americans tuned in to watch and then vote for their favorites. Last week, less than 8 million tuned in.  Which br Wed, 14 May 2014 14:47:16 -0400 {ffc539a9-55b6-d4c3-e36c-a9912dbff092} Blog: Congress Gets its (DATA) Act Together Everything about the DATA Act makes sense. Except that it’s 2014 and lawmakers should have passed this legislation years ago. But, hey – better late than never, and President Obama signed the Tue, 13 May 2014 17:41:57 -0400 {67eb1937-ad81-67e9-b236-5b9cda968b6a} Blog: Walter Bigelow – Chief of IT Systems ATF&E – Mountain Man? Walter Bigelow – Chief of IT Systems ATF&E – Mountain Man? So, you think you know Walter Bigelow at ATF&E?  Former Army, DoD, and NASA, he's the sober hand in Uncle Sam's Thu, 08 May 2014 09:13:49 -0400 {bfa348f9-a143-5b3c-f019-b7f78e5e4584} Blog: Indentured Servitude My name is Andrew, and my network fails. It is embarrassing to admit – especially when you work in technology – that your email is down or your phones are out. And it is infuriating. 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