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  1. Doug Bourgeois is vice president of end user computing, U.S. public sector, at VMware. Courtesy

    Mobile computing done right: Not the risk we suspected

    For many agencies, the conventional wisdom about the connection between mobility and security is off the mark.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  2. Philip R. Reitinger is the president of VisionSpear LLC and former deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. Courtesy Photo

    Time to celebrate a cybersecurity success

    Good news about cybersecurity too often gets drowned out by the bad.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  3. Kimberley Williams is chief strategist for public sector at Informatica. Williams has over 20 years of implementation, technical sales and marketing experience from enterprise software giants including Curam Software, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Accenture. David Hartcorn

    Data First: Five tips to reduce the risk of a breach

    With hackers and identity thieves to worry about, the holiday season not all joy and jingle bells.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  4. Phyllis Schneck is Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security. File

    Improving cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses

    Like their larger counterparts, small and medium businesses frequently house sensitive data, but are not always as able to secure it.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  5. Michael Kushin is senior vice president at CACI International Inc. Courtesy Photo

    DHS enhanced scanning authority is a good start

    Congress must now step up to pass legislation that gives the department clear guidance.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  6. Editorial: Getting modernization on track

    The technology is capable, but government needs organizational modernization and robust education across the federal enterprise.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  7. Annette Rippert is a Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services, where she serves as Technology Strategy Lead with a focus on Emerging Technologies. File

    Citizens are going digital. Where is your agency going?

    Agencies are providing digital platforms for public services, and research shows that is the smart choice.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  8. Andy Ozment is assistant secretary, cybersecurity and communications, at DHS. Getty Images

    Secure development of IT products

    As software becomes more complex, discovering vulnerabilities within these systems also becomes more difficult.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  9. Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is Director and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM U. S. Federal Government, in Washington DC. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation strategy and defining offerings that combine client mission requirements with IBM products, services, and IBM Research's technology investments. Courtesy Photo

    Raining innovation from the cloud

    The cloud conversation should not stop with infrastructure and consolidation.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  10. Steve Watkins, Editor of Federal Times. Alan Lessig/ / Federal Times

    Editorial: Our cyber posture is still to come

    The U.S. has far to go before it reaches an effective cybersecurity posture.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  11. Beth Cobert is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget.

    Taking steps to improve federal information security

    Editor's note: This post first appeared at In a rapidly changing technological environment, we must have robust procedures, policies and systems in place to protect our nation's most sensitive information.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  12. Gerry Gingrich is a senior professor at the iCollege at the National Defense University, where she specializes in information technology, strategy, and innovation. With 25 years in the federal sector, she is a frequent speaker and writer on cyber leadership and IT-driven change. Courtesy Photo

    To centralize or decentralize?

    After half a century of federal IT, there is no end in sight to a perennial management debate.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  13. Kshemendra Paul is program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. Mike Morones/Staff

    FBI partnership, fusion centers contribute to info-sharing advances

    ISE's annual update to Congress charts progress across multiple domains.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  14. Alan Balutis is a distinguished fellow and senior director, U. S. Public Sector, Cisco Systems. His 28 years in the federal sector were spent at the Department of Commerce, where he headed its management and budget office for over a decade and was its first CIO.

    What should the federal CTO do?

    The announcement of the new occupant of the office has reignited an old discussion.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  15. Trippie

    Fail early: A new business model for government

    Failure should not be seen as a negative, if it happens fast enough to forestall an expensive mistake.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  16. Karen S. Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She is a former administrator for e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget. Courtesy Photo

    Don't sacrifice accessibility in move to cloud

    Section 508 compliance remains essential in today's IT environment.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  17. Liz DelNegro is Associate CIO of Acquisition IT systems at GSA. GSA

    GSA improves acquisition with technology

    Editor's Note: This blog post was first published at When you hear the words 'easy' and 'assist,' federal purchasing and technology do not immediately come to mind, but we are working hard to change that perception.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  18. Mikey Dickerson is the administrator of the newly created U.S. Digital Service.

    Hello, from the Digital Service

    Mikey Dickerson, the head of OMB's new digital unit, sends an update after three weeks.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  19. Kimberley Williams is chief strategist for public sector at Informatica. Williams has over 20 years of implementation, technical sales and marketing experience from enterprise software giants including Curam Software, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Accenture. David Hartcorn

    Is the Internet of Things relevant for the government?

    The value is apparent in the private sector, but the government is struggling to find meaning.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  20. Michael Kushin is senior vice president at CACI International Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience developing secure solutions for the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, and is responsible for delivering cybersecurity solutions at CACI.

    Building resilience in our systems

    Developing redundant capabilities to ensure continuity of operations is nothing new, but now it is essential to include cyber.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  21. Beth Cobert is deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. File

    Delivering a customer-focused government through smarter IT

    Editor's Note: This post was first published at

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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