Cloud adopters are stepping on the gas – from police stations and state colleges to our nation’s capital. But how do these agencies and institutions determine the best route? And, which applications do they take along for the ride? MeriTalk asked Federal, state and local, and higher education cloud adopters about their cloud strategies. […]

To keep our data, systems, and enterprises secure, cybersecurity executives must nail down the many moving parts – training, governance, budgets, and innovation. But while cybersecurity strategies are evolving, agencies still aren’t up to code. What’s the holdup on the Hill?






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The cybersecurity waters are swimming with threats, and agencies do not have the personnel, utilities, or time to properly handle their massive amounts of data. However, with the ability to allow agencies to sift and sort through the very data they are sinking in, big data may be agencies’ lifeline.






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From social media and Web 2.0 to hyperscale environments and a mobile workforce, data is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, the digital universe doubles in size every two years – and by 2020, it’s projected to reach 44 zettabytes. Are agencies ready for the data deluge? And more importantly, how can they store, manage, and protect their growing data resources?






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There’s no question Federal agencies are reaping benefits from the cloud – improved speed and agility, reduced complexity, and cost savings. But, as Federal mandates propel cloud forward, some welcome the boost, while others have cold feet. What’s causing Feds to warm up to the cloud? And what steps are they taking to realize its benefits?






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FedRAMP faces a wide array of serious challenges – fault lines in its foundation. But it’s mandatory for Federal agency cloud deployments and needs to succeed if the government is to ever capitalize on the promise of cloud. What can Feds do to improve and embrace the FedRAMP process?






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The Federal IT community recognizes improving Fed IT means overhauling how agencies procure and distribute IT services. With growing data and shrinking budgets, Feds are turning to cloud, “as-a-Service,” and OpEx vs. CapEx dollars. How can agencies best tackle cloud procurement?






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Since 2006, Federal cyber security breaches have exposed 87 million private records. Download the “Cyber Security Triple Threat” infographic to learn how to conquer the cyber security triple threat.






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Keeping up with – or preferably ahead of – advances in technology is absolutely necessary for those involved in government IT. MeriTalk features not only the latest research affecting federal technology, but also more in-depth studies that examine how those developments are likely to impact the government IT realm.

MeriTalk federal IT research covers a variety of subjects, including how to make the best use of Big Data, the safest use of cloud computing, and other cybersecurity topics that affect all government agencies.