Whitepapers


Hybrid Cloud Storage: Federal Agency Considerations for Moving to the Cloud

Over the last few years, cloud computing and infrastructure—the delivery of services to users over a network—has taken the IT world by storm. There’s hardly a government agency that hasn’t already adopted (or isn’t currently considering) a move to cloud-based delivery models, and for good reason: the cloud offers a solution to IT management, resource, and cost challenges facing agencies today. Learn more in this informative report.


Oracle Cloud Services: New Possibilities for Government

Are you taking advantage of the most modern cloud options to empower your agency missions? Cloud solutions are less expensive, more scalable, and promote faster implementation of new services. Hear how both The City of Fort Wayne and The City of Chicago achieved their goals with the cloud in this informative report.


Open Source Security 101

At present, there are a lot of broken links in the security world. It is well-known that attacks on government systems are multiplying and concurrently becoming more sophisticated on a daily basis. Further, the technology the world consumes is becoming more complex, and defending it isn’t such an easy feat. Both enterprises and federal agencies face the daunting task of satisfying security needs while embracing digitalization. Many security experts are asking the question: “what’s the best way?”


Snapshot Report: A New Blueprint for Digital Government

Digital services are the future of government. Yet despite the clear need for improved digital services, agencies without a mature digital strategy simply can’t get there. To achieve a successful and sustainable transformation, services must be anchored with reliable security. Download this special report to learn the six strategies agencies should adopt to ensure digital transformations are both effective and secure.


Top 3 Unique Splunk Security Integrations

Taking a holistic approach in which tools are fully integrated can strengthen and improve the overall cybersecurity posture of an organization. Agencies can even implement solutions that create a uniform experience for multiple environments where all content is synchronized to assist in the smarter use of data. Download this eBook to explore the top three unique Splunk integrations August Schell identified to help enhance the value of your agency’s security analytics program.


i2 Analyst Notebook Premium

i2® Analyst’s Notebook® Premium is a rich, data-centric analytical environment that helps analysts and investigators conduct investigative analysis to combat modern, sophisticated criminal, and terrorist activity. Designed for a single user, i2 Analyst’s Notebook Premium helps reduce the time and costs associated with uncovering networks, patterns and trends that can be hidden in a mass of disparate data.


i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis for Cyber Threat Hunting

Today’s cyber actors are becoming more sophisticated, agile and capable of getting past any network security. Organizations must evolve, replacing traditional defensive security strategies with a proactive, intelligence-driven offense to prevent and disrupt these threats. i2® Enterprise Insight Analysis is a next generation intelligence solution that enables organizations to incorporate cyber threat hunting into their security strategy and turn their defense into a proactive offense. It helps organizations uncover critical insights about their threats and threat actors so they can mitigate and counter more threats with a combination of multi-dimensional visualte analysis capabilities and advanced analytics.


Public Sector Guide to Text Messaging Policy and Retention: 2017 Edition

Learn the practical steps that will help your organization develop a text message policy and retention strategy to protect against the risk involved with use of this popular, universal form of communication. It also outlines smart text message records management practices so you’ll be better prepared to respond to open records requests or other e-discovery needs when they arise.


Solution Showcase: Vormetric Key Management for SaaS

SaaS applications have resulted in corporate data being sent to the cloud. Vormetric’s Key Management as a Service and on-premises solutions allow the ability to separate encrypted data from their keys to provide efficiencies for businesses seeking more visibility and control over their cloud data.


Evaluation of the Vormetric Token Server

This white paper evaluates the Vormetric Token Server’s use case and its deployment in a typical corporate environment. Recommendations for production implementation and use to support merchant/service provider PCI DSS compliance are also detailed.


Rugged Tablets Drive Government Mobile Workforce Evolution

While tablets are becoming less popular with consumers, it is not the case in the government market. While smartphones are becoming widespread, tablet demand is increasing across the government. Download this informative white paper to learn how government agencies are rapidly moving towards a mobile workforce!


Infographic: Time for a Load Balancer Upgrade?

Government networking experts are moving away from traditional hardware-based architectures. In this infographic, we outline the critical success factors needed to future proof your agency’s application delivery control. Uncover the benefits of using a software-first architecture, including an improvement in security, increase in agility, and a reduction in operational overhead.


Take Cybersecurity to the Next Level

A top challenge for every government agency today is the effective management of cybersecurity risks. Protecting government information and citizens’ personal data has become more challenging as our networks and the amount of data on them has grown exponentially. In this Executive Insights, you’ll learn how a risk-based approach leveraging automation can provide a solid foundation to your agency’s cybersecurity posture.


Take the Software-First Approach to App Delivery

As agencies address the challenges of adapting their networks to suit modern requirements, and doing so within static or shrinking budgets, they’re forced to make some challenging tactical decisions. Those decisions often involve new approaches and new technologies to streamline network operations and expand network capabilities. Ultimately, agencies are adopting virtualization and software-based network technologies to accommodate increased capacity demands, support new initiatives and reduce costs.


Expert Q&A: Realizing the Promise of DevOps

DevOps is changing the way government organizations develop applications to improve business functions and provide better services. However, the process is often obstructed from delivering its full potential value since applications developed for one environment don’t often work as well in another. In this Expert Q&A, Red Hat’s Joel Jackson shares insight on how container technology and microservices can help support the full promise of DevOps.


A Guide to 2017 Connectivity Solutions

It can be hard for today’s businesses to create a truly integrated work environment. Having an infrastructure built on outdated technologies can further complicate the situation, resulting in a variety of business challenges. In this eBook, we’ll examine connectivity solutions that can address these issues and provide work groups with the tools they need to be more productive, helping businesses run more efficiently.


Improving RMF Practices Through Automation

Relentless cyber attacks from adversaries have prompted federal agencies to take a more holistic and systematic approach to integrating information security into broader organizational risk management strategies. Practices defined in the Risk Management Framework (RMF) are being employed across the federal government to improve visibility, implement better controls, and support faster responses to cyber threats across IT applications and infrastructure.


OpenStack Storage for Dummies

As more applications and data are distributed across virtual machines in the cloud, a more agile and scalable solution is needed to enable ever expanding cloud services and, ultimately, the software‐defined data center supporting them. Download this guide to learn more on OpenStack and Ceph storage, including real-world use cases and configuration best practices.


The Economics of Software-Defined Storage

Data growth is a standard problem of the modern digital age. Being data driven to remain in business and increase profitability is not an option; rather, it is a necessity. In these complex times, tighter IT budgets along with the need to shift the focus on business requirements are putting added pressures on IT departments. This whitepaper examines a new era of software-defined storage solutions that allows businesses to build out a service-based storage infrastructure in an economically feasible manner.


Mobile Security: A Multi-Faceted Approach

Government agencies rely on mobile devices more than ever before. And it’s not just field operatives or inspectors. Agency staffers at all levels are being issued mobile devices. The challenge now for agencies is to ensure productivity and access to the tools they need to do their jobs; while at the same time ensuring those devices are truly secure. Security threats facing mobile devices continue to evolve, and so too must the security solutions and policies that protect those devices.


Adopt Commercial Best Practices for Travel

Despite a modest degree of automation and modernization, the steps federal government employees have to go through to make travel arrangements and then file vouchers is unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming. By adopting best practices already in use by private enterprise, federal government agencies can streamline processes, save money, increase visibility and efficiency, and improve the user experience for both the individual and agency administration.


Mobile E-Signatures for Government

Although it is still early stages for mobile government, organizations at all levels are developing mobile strategies. Many are taking a two-pronged approach, equipping employees for mobile productivity while also using mobile apps to improve civic engagement and service delivery. As a result, we are seeing an increase in inquiries on mobile e-signature capability for government employees signing documents as part of G2E, G2G, G2B and G2C use cases. While many are focused on internal signing workflows, there is a need to adopt responsive technologies and mobile tools that can scale to vendor- and citizen-facing use cases – especially those mediated by recruiters, first responders, inspectors and other field personnel.


SEWP Keeps Pace with Tech Horizons

NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) contract vehicle has grown in size and currently operates with 145 contract holders, 119 of which are small businesses. Over the years, SEWP has gone from just one of a number of government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) to the top of the pile. It’s widely considered as one of best run IT-based contracts and has become a go-to resource for government agencies. Download this special report containing expert viewpoints from SEWP Program Manager, Joanne Woytek and experienced contract holders, as we take a deeper dive into SEWP V.


How to Evaluate DDoS Mitigation Providers: Four Critical Criteria

How can you be sure that the DDoS mitigation services provider you bring on board can deliver on the promise to stop the Internet’s largest and most sophisticated attacks? This white paper explores four critical criteria on which to evaluate DDoS mitigation providers before signing on the dotted line. Akamai has developed key questions related to each to help you evaluate a provider’s threat intelligence, experience, mitigation capabilities and capacity. Our guidance is based on Akamai’s practical experience in proven mitigation approaches for different DDoS attack scenarios, as well as on our keen insight into the minds and strategies of cybercriminals and DDoS attackers.


Cloud Encryption Gateway: Enabling Security and Compliance of Sensitive Data in Cloud Storage

Companies are increasingly reliant on cloud storage and are storing sensitive data in cloud storage, which could be vulnerable to security threats. The Vormetric Cloud Encryption Gateway is a scalable solution that provides the security to use the cloud fully without sacrificing performance.


Army ITES: Recharging the Enterprise

The manner in which the Army procures its technology to run the Army enterprise continues to evolve almost as rapidly as the technology itself. New and revised contract vehicles provide sensible, cost-effective means of equipping the Army with the latest technologies, including cybersecurity and mobile technology. As Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley says, new and emerging technologies could “deeply change the character of war.”


NETCENTS-2: Bringing Convergence to Defense

The relatively new NETCENTS-2 contract vehicle is a true evolution of earlier iterations. It is intended to provide faster, more flexible and more comprehensive access to a variety of technology categories. The contract aims to provide agencies with network-centric IT, networking, security, voice, video and data communications solutions and services not available through other mandatory-use DoD or Air Force contract formats.


Expediting Police Response

Technology is an increasingly important weapon in law enforcement’s ongoing battle against crime. As criminal elements become more sophisticated, law enforcement agencies must endeavor to remain several steps ahead; which means increased use of things like body-worn cameras, video and data analytics, and cloud-based technologies. The most advanced agencies are planning to use or are already using these cutting edge technologies.


The Rise of Hyperconvergence

Moving to a hyperconverged infrastructure addresses many of the issues facing federal government agencies these days. It can be more cost-effective, provide greater capacity, increased flexibility, rapid scalability, and promote innovation. This report — presented by Dell, Intel® and Tracewell — details several aspects of the move to hyperconvergence; from establishing a “future-ready” architecture capable of handling massive data stores and the durability requirements of field operations to software-based and virtualized infrastructure.


Take a Positive Approach to Security

When it comes to a developing an organizational vision for security, government agencies need to address the frequent view of security as an obstacle to performance and productivity. Agency and IT leaders must weigh the trade-offs between using new technologies and services, and how related security measures would affect workflow. Dell Security believes that’s the wrong way to view security. It maintains that security "done right" can help government organizations to more readily leverage technology, helping their workers to be more productive and to safely access the information and applications they need to do their jobs.


Case Management in the Government Cloud

The Empowering the Business of Government eBook shares practical advice on how agencies can communicate more efficiently and effectively with the community.


Forbes Insights Report: How Agencies Achieve Results in the Cloud

Through interviews with over a dozen senior executives from a range of government agencies, consultancies and technology providers, Forbes Insights examines the state of cloud adoption by government and the likelihood it will soon accelerate.


Government Cybersecurity Imperative: A Microsoft Perspective

The U.S. national government has embraced the reality that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face in our digital economy. Find out how Microsoft is working every day to enhance the security of our cloud and our customers.


Insider’s Guide to Police Body-Worn Video

Body-worn camera technology is a part of more informed police work. Learn valuable lessons from departments that have deployed this technology and have already seen results in The Insider’s Guide to Police Body-Worn Camera Video.


Infographic: Modern Software Development

The process of modern software development incorporates agile development practices to more quickly deliver higher quality applications. Download this useful infographic to get a step by step view of how to best navigate your organization through this process.


How to Evaluate DDoS Mitigation Providers: Four Critical Criteria

How can you be sure that the DDoS mitigation services provider you bring on board can deliver on the promise to stop the Internet’s largest and most sophisticated attacks? This white paper explores four critical criteria on which to evaluate DDoS mitigation providers before signing on the dotted line. Akamai has developed key questions related to each to help you evaluate a provider’s threat intelligence, experience, mitigation capabilities and capacity. Our guidance is based on Akamai’s practical experience in proven mitigation approaches for different DDoS attack scenarios, as well as on our keen insight into the minds and strategies of cybercriminals and DDoS attackers.


Research Report: Digital Government Strategies

Across all levels of state and federal government, agencies are embracing the shift to digital services. Many of the moving pieces continue to evolve and work together such as: the steady move to the cloud, the increase in mobile device usage, and the cultural shifts. Download this research report to access further findings from a recent survey covering the strategies for digital government.


Enterprise Insight Analysis

Whether they are part of a business or working for a government organization, today’s investigators, security specialists and intelligence analysts are facing extraordinary pressure to respond quickly to a wide range of threats — from cyber attacks, terrorist threats, criminality, and unethical and immoral activities. These attacks are especially challenging as societies are increasing their reliance on cyberspace for economic growth, societal well-being, government operations and critical infrastructure monitoring and management. Concurrent with the increase in cyberspace reliance is an increase in cyberspace vulnerability. This vulnerability is amplified by an increasing frequency and complexity of attacks and highly variable, diverse and rapidly evolving threats. As such, there is a greater burden on organizations to respond in real time.


Combatting Advanced Threat with Endpoint Security Intelligence

IBM BigFix and IBM Security QRadar solutions empower IT teams to view up-to-the-minute endpoint intelligence within the context of other vulnerability data, prioritize vulnerabilities for remediation and quickly take corrective action to help minimize risks.


IBM QRadar Security Intelligence: Evidence of Value

In this report, Ponemon Institute presents findings from in-depth interviews with enterprises who switched to IBM Security QRadar from another Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution. The reports summarizes their rationale for switching SIEM providers as well as metrics on the deployment and performance in managing and containing network traffic anomalies.


Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) Study of IBM Security Guardium

In September 2015, IBM commissioned Forrester Research consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) that organizations may realize by deploying IBM Security Guardium. The study uncovered that organizations achieve cost and risk reductions while increasing productivity and tactical efficiencies from implementing IBM Security Guardium. Read the study to learn more.


Bring Order to Hybrid Clouds

While many government agencies are choosing a hybrid cloud approach to realize the primary benefits of both private and public clouds, many are realizing additional benefits of opting for an open source-based hybrid cloud. A standard hybrid cloud still entails managing cloud software components from multiple vendors and ensuring all applications and data are properly integrated. When agencies take the open source-based approach, they can simplify migration to a hybrid cloud, while also realizing the agility and flexibility of open source.


Monitoring is a Security Essential

As government agencies migrate to the cloud, they are working to adhere to the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, launched by the Office of Management and Budget in 2012 to improve federal network security. Continuous Diagnostic Monitoring (CDM) is the foundation of this security initiative. CDM aims to improve security by watching round the clock for intrusions, vulnerabilities and other potentially malicious activity.


Open Source Drives the Agile Cloud

More government agencies are moving data and applications to the cloud. In doing so, the first major decision is choosing the best platform for the job: public, private or hybrid. Another option has been emerging of late—the open hybrid cloud. With open hybrid cloud platforms, government agencies are finding greater efficiency, flexibility and cost savings.


eBook: The Right Infrastructure Strategy to Support Bimodal IT Capabilities

Chances are good that your IT organization is supporting a large number of core business applications—and they’re probably under extreme pressure to deliver innovation for the business at a moment’s whim. But to do both effectively, your IT infrastructure better boast some very specific characteristics—such as a bimodal model—but why?


Blending cloud-native and conventional applications

Most cloud native applications rely on conventional system integrations to deliver business value. Cloud native apps are optimized for agility and speed, but conventional apps bring the security and stability enterprises need in their infrastructures. Download this whitepaper to learn the ten lessons from early adopters for successful integration of cloud native and traditional applications.


Enterprise Insight Analysis for Cyber Threat Analysis

Securing your infrastructure, your customer interactions and protecting your data are critical to preserving your reputation and your bottom line. Today’s cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated, agile and capable of getting past any network security. IBM® i2® Enterprise Insight Analysis is a next generation intelligence solution that enables organizations to incorporate cyber threat analysis into their security strategy and turn their defense into a proactive offense. Download this article to learn more!


Beyond Borders: Tracing the impacts of Smarter Public Safety, Frost and Sullivan

See how law enforcement agencies are pursuing more effective public safety by taking advantage of advances in predictive analytics and collaboration technologies.


Drive Data to Decision

Data and information assist the decisions made during military defense operations. In this eBook, we look at the rapidly evolving use of advanced analytics in defense intelligence.


The Awakening of Cyber Threat Analysis

Discover a new approach to a seemingly unsolvable cyber problem. A new specialty of cyber threat analysis, also referred to as cyber analysis, is an emerging discipline focusing on advanced threats. The analyst, crucial to the analysis process, will use their intuition and experience to discover hidden threats and develop patterns of threat activity over time. In order to maximize an analyst’s capability and multiply their work capacity, a mature security organization must use a data analysis tool to enrich, produce, visualize and analyze information. Read more to find out the critical tools needed to keep your organization safe.