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Our new look highlights analysis and commentary on the latest technology, tools and tactics in public sector IT.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon

What an agency ultrabook should be: Tough and light

The sleek ThinkPad X1 Carbon has the performance, toughness and security features you need — and the same thing that makes it light is what makes it rugged.

Louisville

3D printing can’t build a city (yet), but it can help plan one

‘Vision Louisville’ invites the public to use 3D models to plan what the city will look like in 2040.

Win 8

If migrating to Windows 8, leave no app behind

Laplink’s PCmover can automate the process and can solve some of the difficulties of moving from an older versions of Windows.

Windows 8

5 ways Windows 8 can be great for agencies

Innovative security, a friendly (for real) cross-platform interface, and handy support for telework and BYOD could do a lot for public-sector organizations

Wires

Don't get your wires (and cables) in a twist

PigTails offers a unique, clear way to label cords and cables.

From shipments to socks and ants, RFID is tagging everything

Modern RFID tags are only a few millimeters in size and comprise a chip, antenna and in some cases a battery (active). Some forms of RFID tags (passive) have no battery, but actually take power from the electromagnetic beams of a reader, and then send data back to the source. These tags can theoretically last forever, since they only send data or require power when actually being pinged by a reader device. Almost all RFID tags can be inserted into almost anything and do not require line of sight back to a reader. Some tags are so tiny that they have been glued to the backs of ants to track their behavior.

Worried about Java? Get Groovy, baby

Groovy, a subset of Java, is so easy to work with it, it could one day replace the ubiquitous programming language.

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Archive service may have answer

Sonian File Archive offers a secure way to store files in the cloud.

Why is ICANN selling government-sounding domain names?

An investment group that applied for 307 generic top-level domains, including .army, .airforce and .medical, is raising concerns over the potential for fraud.

Energy adapts its PKI to handle old and new technologies

Although PIV cards are intended to be a standard source for PKI certificates, legacy hardware and software and the emergence of mobile devices have led DOE to adopt a gateway encryption appliance for secure e-mail.

NOAA, Navy swimming with the SHARCs

Unmanned ocean-going Wave Gliders proving useful for research and, perhaps, much more.

Topic Resources

  • Update on Assessment & Authorization (A&A) Processes for Cross Domain Solutions

    As introduced in our latest certification and accreditation (C&A) basics webcast (“Navigating Certification & Accreditation – A Primer) C&A terminology is transitioning to assessment and authorization (A&A). See the associated white paper “From C&A to A&A – The RMF Shoe Has Dropped.” Continuing the transition discussion, Raytheon Cyber Products and Steve Welke are pleased to present a webcast updating the latest information on A&A processes for cross domain, multilevel security solutions. Join Steve Welke, an A&A industry expert, as he discusses the A&A principles, requirements and processes.

  • Increase Data Security through Your Print Solution

    You’ve consolidated your desktops with virtualization and moved your data to the cloud. What else can you do to obtain additional costs savings and increase security while keeping your network flexible? Connect print and digital information from across your organization with the people who need it, exactly when they need it. Join this webcast to learn how security software and printing solutions work together to eliminate extraneous printers at multiple sensitivity levels, allowing organizations to recognize significant savings from reduced hardware, space, power, support and supplies.

  • Everything Storage: Learn How to Store All Your Data Underneath a Single, Extremely Scalable, Software-Defined Architecture

    Join us as we discuss scalable, software-defined storage architecture and integration, along with hardware and software technologies that empower Everything Storage. You will also be introduced to the leading massive-scale, open-platform solution for object storage. Be sure to tune-in to learn and ask questions about how open-platform solutions can bring you enterprise-class reliability, performance and simplicity without vendor lock-in and the associated price tag.

  • IBM i2 National Security and Defense Intelligence Demo

    In this video IBM Product Manager James Vincent presents an overview and demo of IBM® i2® National Security and Defense Intelligence—a cost effective information exploitation solution that provides data acquisition, multi-faceted intelligence analysis and multi-agency and partner collaboration features.

  • 'Mocking' Reality: The Power of Service Virtualization

    A large government agency was struggling to provide stable test environments to support their partner landscape. Duplicating production using traditional methods would have resulted in infrastructure cost blowouts, misalignment issues and resourcing issues. This webcast will explore how the agency leveraged service virtualization to meet their evolving needs and the challenges and successes involved in the program.