Enterprise Architecture


Need a way to control network access? Government already has it.

Role-based access control, first formally proposed by NIST scientists in 1992, has become the standard for managing access to IT resources and has saved the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Can a hot desktop cure a frozen medical network?

The Defense Department is deploying thin clients to breathe new life into a sluggish electronic health records system.

Army hits a few hurdles in move to enterprise e-mail system

A top Army official details some of the exact steps the service is taking to move and restructure the e-mail accounts of more than 1.5 million users as part of the service's continuing enterprise e-mail initiative.

Top 6 hurdles to securing a smart grid

The Government Accountability Office identified major challenges to ensuring the cybersecurity of an intelligent, interconnected power grid.

The promise and perils of a smart grid

A smart, networked energy grid offers a host of energy- and money saving benefits, but it presents an enticing target to all sorts of miscreants. How to reap the good while avoiding the bad?

Shawn P. McCarthy

Why agencies need a blueprint for shared IT services

By focusing on core systems, your downsized organization could become an expert at providing resources to other agencies, which could lead to new, highly focused growth.

The IT force that can't be stopped

Cloud computing is like a force of nature that will continue to grow even if there is a change in the White House in two years, according to two former federal IT leaders.

NextGen air traffic control plan moves ahead despite uncertain funding forecast

Funding is a concern for the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen system, but the program enjoys momentum for now.

5 steps to going from 'Flintstones to Jetsons'

With the county flat broke and the local automobile industry reeling from the economic downturn, Wayne County, Mich., got creative in leaving the IT Stone Age behind.

E-government at work in Wayne County, Mich.

Faced with dwindling resources, Wayne County, Michigan officials had to take innovative steps in order to deliver quality, cost-effective taxpayer services.

Don't count on recycling to maintain IPv4 address pool

Recovering and reallocating unused IPv4 addresses will not significantly extend the life of the address pool or delay the need to transition to IPv6, says the Internet numbers registry.

Time running short for personal identity card plans

With smart PIV cards now in the hands of most federal workers and contractors, agencies are being told to put them to use both for physical and logical access control. The technology is available, but some hurdles remain to fully implementing systems.

Service providers warn IPv6 could cause spam fiasco

Although the expansion of the Internet makes the move necessary, the new protocol will make it more difficult to filter out spam.

Death to the desk phone: The trusty PBX system is fast becoming a relic

Unified communications technologies promise to deliver improved situational awareness for first responders and homeland security agents by putting critical data into users' hands.

The unified comm challenge: Products that work together

How leading communications systems providers met the challenge of building infrastructure that is always available, resilient and scalable.