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Windows 8's winding path to agency networks

Wholesale migrations aren't expected soon, but IT managers say there are several ways the new OS could start slipping in through the side doors.

Mining big data, no data scientist required

Discovery/Alert 7.0 can help government analysts and clinicians find value in data across multiple sources without specialized training. The FBI and DHS are on board.

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

Credit: Falko Kuester, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), University of California, San Diego

Cracking big data for $3K and geek cred

Energy and NSF's Big Data Challenge sets a series of competitions, the first of which will pay $3,000 split at least three ways, but it's not about the money for contestants.

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.

The 20 most common words in phishing attacks

A new report from FireEye details the dominant current trend in phishing, and the most common words and file attachments used in malicious e-mails.

Microsoft delivering fix to counter zero-day IE exploits

The company said it will issue a cumulative patch Friday for a vulnerability that had prompted some security experts to urge IE users to switch browsers.

Intell community's new problem: Sharing too much data

Swamped by a deluge of data, intell analysts need technology that can help them understand a rapidly changing and complex world, a former CIA and NSA director says.

New software gets GPO over the XML hurdle

The XML Professional Publisher system will replace a 30-year-old homegrown system and enable the direct formatting of XML documents for electronic and print publication.

Zero-day exploit targets IE; some researchers advise switching browsers

A new zero-day exploit, found on the same server that hosted the recent zero-day for Java, could give attackers user privileges. With no patch yet available, some researchers recommend dumping IE for the time being.

CIA venture arm targets a secure cloud platform

Following last month’s agreement with Adaptive Computing to develop a cloud operating system, In-Q-Tel invests in Huddle’s secure cloud platform.

Mission-critical apps need major overhaul for the cloud, feds say

Custom-built applications pose a barrier to cloud migration, according to 45 percent of fed IT managers surveyed in new MeriTalk report

Smart cities analyze social media to gauge citizen sentiment

The IBM Social Sentiment Index measures public opintion on key issues and services such as education and transportation, helping city officials to make more informed decisions.

What's next in the network: software defined networking

The emerging type of architecture opens up once-closed routers and switches to optimize speed and performance within a network.