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Malware puts DOD on the defensive

STRATCOM bans flash drives and other removable media in response to an attack within Pentagon networks.

Emergency notification 1.0

The vast majority of Americans still get information about emergencies and disasters from early-20th century technologies, but text alerts might be the way of the future.


Veins: The next biometric identifier

Blood vessels could replace fingerprints and retinas as the most secure form of ID.

Cloud & Infrastructure

The 'wired' presidency

The Obama team is planning a major expansion of the White House communications operation via the World Wide Web.


Traditional security isn't enough for SOA

Service oriented architecture's strengths also pose considerable security risks.

Contemplating the PC after Windows

If Windows 7 turns out to be little more than a cleaned-up version of Windows Vista, then the venerable operating system may be reaching the end of its useful life.


Security surge

Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Novell each will release a new security tool to address identity and access management issues.

Challenging the status quo

This year's GCN Hall of Fame inductees and Government IT Executives of the Year epitomize how individuals are often able to transform the institutions of governmentthrough their tenacity, vision and leadership.


Strength in fewer numbers

As the Office of Management of Budget's administrator for e-government and IT, Karen Evans has shepherded cross-agency initiatives and helped make government systems more secure.

Working the systems

Retired Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., former director and commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations at DISA, improved DISA's services by emphasizing the fundamentals.

Cloud & Infrastructure

New frontiers

Molly O'Neill, the Environmental Protection Agency's chief information officer, took a chance at least year's Puget Sound Information Challenge, helping to set up a wiki for symposium participants that has set a standard for other agencies to follow.


DOD's standards bearer

Ken Heitkamp, who recently retired as the Air Force's assistant CIO for lifecycle management, helped build a standard operating environment for Windows PCs that lead to the governmentwide Federal Desktop Core Configuration.


The other side of the desktop

Curt Kolcun, vice president of Microsoft's U.S. public sector business, combines technical savvy and a desire to improve government operations in his efforts to help make the Federal Desktop Core Configuration a reality.

Technologies to watch in 2009

Cloud computing and business intelligence are among the most important strategic technologies for 2009.

Navy puts virtualization on active duty

By consolidating the the 2,700 physical servers that power NMCI down to 300, the Navy expects to save $1.6 million a year in electricity costs alone.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Google apps not so secure

Security researchers document vulnerabilities in Gmail, Google Maps and other applications.

A reprieve for Windows XP

Windows Vista's unpopularity in the business world may have forced Microsoft to extend XP's shelf life.

Microsoft's next-generation database plan

Software giant will enhance the business-intelligence capabilities in the next version of its flagship SQL Server database.

2008 Rising Star Andrew Wadler

Andrew Wadler has helped bring state-of-the-art technology to Navy ships and command posts.


The trouble with Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi's promise is also its Achilles' heel: It drastically lowers the barrier for both access and attack from both within and without.