MeriTalk Updates Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:18:10 -0400 Blog: The Odd Couple Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:34:56 -0400 {10b44809-c0a9-87a6-5999-2691d675ed22} Blog: Union Jacked? Did you know that the Union Jack – made famous by the Red Coats, Reebok, and Austin Powers – is in peril?  On September 18, Scotland goes to the polls to vote Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:04:38 -0400 {7a38642f-f152-f099-a812-084ea711b2bb} Blog: Noteworthy:Odd Couple Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:22:23 -0400 {6a117b58-b4a5-8ca7-58ee-5285ad897a89} Research: Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:57:18 -0400 {5d0aaeb7-a5d9-d858-4091-16633acdcd88} Blog: Fighting Father Time Some things get better with age. Wine. Blue jeans. Sofia Vergara. But not everything improves as it gets older. Milk. Tattoos. Data centers. Feds want their data and they want it now. Seems like Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:05:25 -0400 {727408c9-b2f0-4a4a-9a6c-c98050c0fad5} Blog: My Cup of IT: Summertime? Hope you enjoyed the labor-day break. And, speaking of breaks, it’s been three weeks since I poured a Cup of IT.  Why?  I took a vacation – two weeks in Blighty.  First time in Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:13 -0400 {34b26d1b-8e2e-cff8-10b0-61bf128ba5be} Blog: In August, Time to Shift Gears With official Washington on a month-long siesta, it’s a good time to shift our attention to life outside the Beltway. Feds have aggressively pursued policies that encourage telework and boost m Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:50:51 -0400 {46d93b0d-dd89-f357-4925-a62dcd60d4de} Research: The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:18:15 -0400 {cde4bd78-36ef-2aa6-36ec-38196917c12c} Blog: Noteworthy:Off the Hook Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:27:00 -0400 {63073b92-1f9a-206f-c2b4-4242c102e632} Research: Cloud Campus: The Software-Defined College Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:59:30 -0400 {17801502-048b-a536-2b37-da2f4cd2a9ea} Blog: Joe Hungate - Neat Stuff? Joe Hungate - Neat Stuff? I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. If you look at what ails Fed IT, it's not tech – you can distill it down to communications and finance.&#16 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:21:55 -0400 {c1accac4-2460-65ea-1d9c-b141b4129f38} 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: Disputed Territory? Disputed Territory? Not as charged as Palestine and the Ukraine, Federal cloud is nevertheless disputed territory. Released three and a half years after OMB issued the "Cloud First Policy", a Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:48:36 -0400 {6ea34504-cae5-6dc4-5479-9b68857ba013} 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}