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Top Innovator: Acquia Building 21st Century Platforms for Digital Government Strategies

June 12, 2015

Cloud, mobility, social and big data — all of these trends require that government look at different ways to build the network. A key to modernizing the network is using open source solutions. Acquia is a leader in providing open source government cloud services based on the Drupal content management system. The company is also active in the Open Government Initiative. Acquia chose to stand behind Drupal because it is a powerful open source tool for web development. By exploiting the connectivity of the web, Drupal is able to transform how public agencies deliver information and services to constituents and stakeholders. As ... Read more

Women in Technology Leaders to Discuss Resiliency

June 10, 2015

Technology leaders face many issues daily — how to motivate the workforce, win more contracts, form productive partnerships. They also must occasionally address how to use a devastating experience as positive movement forward and avoid a downward spiral. Professional women in particular often feel a compulsion to “have it all together,” and when it all falls apart, they must learn, as WIT suggests, “When the Door Closes … Open a Window.” On Thursday, June 18, Women in Technology will host an inspiring evening focused on a story of resilience and bouncing back from personal and professional crisis. Speaker Deb Alderson, president & CEO ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: From Malicious Outsiders to Insider Threats, Cybersecurity Dominates the News

June 8, 2015

Every federal news publication this week was buzzing with news of a massive breach of data with the government personnel office. Do you believe China-based hackers were behind the OPM breach? Are you potentially affected by it? Let’s see how this breach plays out over the next few weeks and what cybersecurity changes result. While this was happening, GAO was assessing DoD’s insider threat prevention measures – and finding them falling short. Cyber threats weren’t the only thing in the news this week. See how FedRAMP certification is helping small businesses, and explore the new beta of HealthData.gov. Welcome to ... Read more

IT Could Pose a Challenge in Proposed Data Rules

June 4, 2015

Could IT systems be the bottleneck preventing agencies from storing and protecting data? The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently held an open meeting about the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) draft rule, and discussions pointed to an answer of yes. FedScoop covered the meeting in detail. FedScoop reports that National Archives Information Security Oversight Director John Fitzpatrick said some of the most difficult tasks facing agencies once the rule is final “relate to changing their IT systems.” In many cases, he said, agencies would be “moving at their own pace” to make updates. Under the rule agencies would be required to ... Read more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Research

June 3, 2015

Market research has multiple benefits: It can help assess your position in the market, gauge customer perceptions or position you as a thought leader. When done well, the insights produced by market research are well worth the investment. Market Connections research directors Laurie Morrow and Dave Glantz have designed many surveys during their careers. Based on their experiences, they have developed five best practices to help you get the most out of any market research project: 1. Involve all stakeholders in the process “Anyone in the company who will use the research needs to be involved from the beginning,” Laurie says. “Nothing is ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: IRS Hack Exposes Info on 100,000 Taxpayers

June 1, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service says hackers accessed sensitive personal information of more than 100,000 users. And Mary Meeker releases her annual report on Internet trends. How has the Internet changed your life? Do you spend more than five hours per day with digital media? Check out where you fall in Internet usage. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff; enjoy these highlights. IRS Hack Exposes Info on 100,000 Taxpayers The Internal Revenue Service revealed a breach of its “Get Transcript” application, leaking sensitive personal information on more than 100,000 users, FederalTimes reported. Last week, the IRS discovered unusual activity on the application, which ... Read more

Top Trends at the 2015 Mid Atlantic Marketing Summit

May 28, 2015

Whether you are B2G or B2B, you can apply emerging trends to any marketing tactics. This year’s Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit delved into these trends. The panelists raised several challenges marketers face, including the role of marketing technology tools: “We live in the age of the enlightened buyer, with consumers already 60% of the way through the buying process before reaching out to a vendor,” said Marc Hausman, President and CEO of Strategic Communication Group. “We use tactics such as social media participation, content creation and the use of marketing technology to reach our customers, but the reality is that 83% of ... Read more

Winning Contractor: MacAulay-Brown Wins GSA Consolidated Professional Services Schedule Contract

May 27, 2015

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) a Consolidated Professional Services Schedule (PSS) prime contract to provide a range of professional services. MacB, which delivers advanced engineering services and products to Defense, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and federal agencies, won the contract in early May. The MacB Consolidated PSS provides a one-stop shop approach to fulfilling professional services solutions spanning the single schedules of Professional Engineering Services (PES) and Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS), while providing a platform for additional services. The multiple-award, Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year base period of performance and three ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Malware Infections Spike on Memorial Day

May 26, 2015

The weather in D.C. was glorious this Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, many federal IT workers had to spend the weekend dealing with a spike in malware infections. Hopefully they can get outside and enjoy the lovely spring day today. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Malware Infections Spike on Memorial Day in DC Federal Times reports that researchers at EnigmaSoftware.com found malware infections increased by 29.8% nationwide on federal holidays, while the DC-area saw an average increase of 51.7%. On Memorial Day, that average jumped to 63%. Malware infections tend to spike at ... Read more

Are Federal Agency Records at Risk?

May 21, 2015

According to an article in FierceGovernment, the Department of Justice says the number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that federal agencies did not fulfill spiked by 70% in fiscal 2014 — more than double the increase between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013. Responding to FOIA requests is only one part of an agency’s overall records management program, but the backlog demonstrates the need to address how agencies manage records. Iron Mountain recently commissioned Market Connections to conduct research to identify the state of records and information management confidence levels among key federal managers, including records professionals and Lines of ... Read more

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