Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

Government Executive | January 16, 2018

For all the talk of new ICBMs and small nuclear weapons, the decades-old communications network that would enable U.S. commanders’ hurried pre-launch conversations and the launch orders themselves is in more dire need of an upgrade. The Trump administration is expected to call for widespread updates to the nuclear network of satellites, aircraft, ground stations and control centers, according to a draft of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, which the Huffington Post posted on Thursday. That’s in addition to calling for new, low-yield nuclear weapons and submarine-launched cruise missiles.

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The UK Government have published their new Construction Strategy for 2016 to 2020, building on the progress made in the 2011-2015 version. Here, we take a quick look at the Strategy’s four principal objectives and the plans to achieve them over the course of the current Parliament.


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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Ventech Solutions Achieves AWS Government Competency Status

Ventech Solutions | September 02, 2022

Ventech Solutions, Inc. achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Government Competency status. The designation recognizes Ventech Solutions provides solutions to—and/or has deep experience working with—government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS. "The AWS Government Competency is a valuable achievement that demonstrates Ventech Solutions' experience in providing innovative and quality solutions to federal agencies, This designation is a differentiator that assures agencies that Ventech Solutions is capable of helping them meet mandates, reduce costs, drive efficiencies and increase innovation across civilian agencies, national defense and intelligence communities and state and local governments." -Audie Murphy, vice president, solutions engineering at Ventech Solutions. As one of about 100 companies in the United States that have obtained the AWS Government Competency, Ventech Solutions is positioned as a trusted solutions provider of cloud IT services for government and public sector agencies. To receive the designation, AWS Partner Network (APN) members must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. Achieving the AWS Government Competency differentiates Ventech Solutions as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has developed innovative technology and solutions that leverage AWS services as well as possessing deep domain expertise in one or more of the following core categories - Government Transportation, Facilities, Infrastructure Management, Justice and Public Safety, Public Healthcare, Financial and Fiscal Affairs, Citizen Services, National Security and Defense, Security and Compliance, and Open Data. About Ventech Solutions: Ventech Solutions is a technology and health care solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services, including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,CYBERSECURITY

U.S. Government Agencies’ IT Networks May Be Unprepared for Return to Office

Riverbed | August 24, 2022

More than half the federal government IT employees responding to a recent survey say they are worried their IT systems will struggle to deliver good user experiences as more agency employees return to working in offices instead of remotely, according to a new survey released today by Riverbed® and Swish. Among survey respondents who are concerned with end-user experience in a hybrid work environment, 52% of those are concerned that their legacy IT architectures and on-premises network infrastructure will struggle with the increased usage of collaboration tools such as Teams and Zoom as workers return to the office, and 44% are concerned that the end user experience on-site won’t be as good as at home. These concerns arise as the concept of “government from anywhere,” whether in an on-site or hybrid capacity, is becoming widely accepted. Of those surveyed, 47% expect hybrid work environments (teleworking 2-4 days a week) to continue for the long-term, while only 30% expect that a majority of employees will return to the office fulltime in the next six months. The survey of IT employees across the U.S. federal government, from both civilian and defense agencies, was conducted by research firm Market Connections. Survey respondents also reported that they rely on reactive, manual methods to quantify problems with user, infrastructure, and application experiences. While 100 percent of respondents agree that it is at least somewhat important to measure end user experience and productivity capability, 87% claim their agency is still reactively responding to help desk tickets and 51% rely upon user phone calls as a primary means of quantifying issues. “These survey findings point to the importance of utilizing proactive monitoring tools that provide complete network visibility to improve the user experience and network performance across an agency’s entire IT environment, As agencies balance their various work environments and collaboration tools, they should seek to implement an observability platform that multiple teams can use to proactively identify and contextually analyze user issues and leverage automation to solve them quickly.” -Craig McCullough, Senior Vice President of Public Sector for Riverbed. According to the survey, most agencies surveyed (59%) aren’t effectively measuring the impact of change in their IT environment, and are not examining business transaction productivity in terms of labor cost, latency impact, or rate of success. Issues of user experience and productivity and IT network performance can be successfully addressed by utilizing a single-platform, proactive, monitoring tool that provides end-to-end network visibility. With full visibility, IT and agency leaders can quickly identify, mitigate and resolve issues across a variety of endpoints through one integrated system. “This is significant because without a single performance platform, agencies don’t have consolidated incident-centric end-to-end context, root cause analysis, or automated response, Unified observability should be at the forefront of agency thinking and we and our partners, like Riverbed, are working to support this mentality shift which will ultimately benefit the government for years to come.” -Monty Deel, Chief Executive Officer for Swish. About Swish: Swish is a provider of technology solutions and engineering services to the U.S. Federal Government with a focus on high-quality outcomes for customers. Experienced and certified engineers research and evaluate the most innovative technologies on the market and then develop full life cycle solution offerings to ensure that customers realize maximum operational value. Since 2006, Swish has delivered high-performance solutions and services to the Federal Government market ensuring that customer’s digital service capabilities, performance and security exceed expectations and requirements. Swish is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned and HUBZone certified Small Business. About Riverbed: Riverbed is the only company with the collective richness of telemetry from network to app to end user, that illuminates and then accelerates every interaction, so organizations can deliver a seamless digital experience and drive enterprise performance. Riverbed offers two industry-leading portfolios: Alluvio by Riverbed, a differentiated Unified Observability portfolio that unifies data, insights, and actions across IT, so customers can deliver seamless, secure digital experiences; and Riverbed Acceleration, providing fast, agile, secure acceleration of any app, over any network, to users anywhere. Together with our thousands of partners, and market-leading customers globally – including 95% of the FORTUNE 100 –, we empower every click, every digital experience.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

NIC State Partners Receive 2022 Government Experience Awards from the Center for Digital Government

Tyler Technologies | September 17, 2022

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) is proud to announce that its NIC subsidiary’s state partners swept the 2022 Overall State Experience category, while several other NIC state partners won awards in the 2022 County and State Project Experience categories. The Government Experience Awards recognize the innovation of states, cities, and counties that excel at creating valuable online government services and applications. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and sets the standard for measuring best practices in state and local government. The Overall Experience category encompasses the entire experience of government and the provision of digital services across multiple channels. In the Overall State Experience category, NIC partner states swept the top five. Maryland took first place, Utah took second place, and Mississippi, Indiana, Louisiana, and Vermont rounded out third, fourth, and fifth. Among this category’s finalists were five NIC partner states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, Oklahoma, and Oregon. For Maryland, this is the state’s second time taking the coveted top spot and the fifth consecutive year in the top three. In fact, NIC states remain prominent in this category year over year. In the last eight years, Maryland has placed in the top five category six times, while Utah, Mississippi, and Indiana have placed seven times. “We appreciate our longtime partners in the state of Maryland and congratulate the state on their exciting and well-deserved achievement, We look forward to continued collaboration with the Maryland Department of Information Technology and our state partners to deliver more innovative business and resident-centric digital government experiences.” -Nancy Schmid, general manager of NIC Maryland. In addition to the Overall Experience category, Project Experience awards have a single focus area and can include more than one interaction channel. NIC partner states were also awarded in the County and State Project Experience categories. Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin were honored for their county or state-related projects, developed in partnership with NIC: City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii’s HNLDOC Records Collection Web Site Colorado’s Colorado.gov Portal Website Redesign New Jersey State Police’s Firearms App and Registration System (FARS) Rhode Island’s Enterprise Content Management System (eCMS) Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s eMV PARTNER Plate and Sticker Auto-ordering “Tyler and NIC are proud to partner with each of these fifteen states in continuing to improve government experience and eliminate boundaries around service delivery, It is an honor to be recognized annually, along with our state partners.” -Elizabeth Proudfit, president of NIC. About Tyler Technologies and NIC: Acquired by Tyler Technologies (NYSE: TYL) on April 21, 2021, NIC is a leader in digital government solutions and payments, partnering with government to deliver user-friendly digital services that make it easier and more efficient to interact with government. NIC and Tyler are united in their mission to empower public sector entities to operate more efficiently and connect more transparently with their constituents and with each other. Tyler has more than 37,000 successful installations across more than 12,000 locations, with clients in all 50 states, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, and other international locations.

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German Firms Tighten Cybersecurity Against New Threats

ISG | September 12, 2022

Overlapping crises and technology trends have heightened cybersecurity concerns in Germany, leading enterprises to increase their investments in security products and services, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for Germany finds that cyber threats caused by the war in Ukraine, along with disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing digitization of enterprises, have expanded attack surfaces and resulted in more cybersecurity breaches in Germany. As companies bring more data, communications and processes into the digital realm, cybersecurity is becoming a higher priority. “Holistic enterprise security is more than just a current trend, it’s vital to the successful operation of a business, German senior executives understand that cyberattacks can seriously threaten a company’s reputation and finances, so they are paying even greater attention to secure collaboration with third parties, secure core business processes and secure connected and digital products.” -Roger Albrecht, co-lead, ISG Cybersecurity. German companies and government agencies are defending themselves against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks amid a shortage of IT professionals, especially in cybersecurity, the report says. As risks increase in Germany for both large and midsize enterprises, there is a growing need for guidance. Many organizations are engaging with strategic, technical and managed security service providers for help implementing and constantly honing their defenses. Also, because many attackers breach organizations through social engineering methods such as phishing, companies also turn to providers for consulting and employee training to prevent human errors. Because of strict data protection regulations, most German enterprises rely on providers with security operations centers in Germany. Remote and hybrid work, which emerged suddenly during the pandemic and is expected to become permanent, has made IT systems more vulnerable to attack as employees connect to enterprises from different locations and through their own devices. To manage this risk, German enterprises are investing in advanced identity and access management (IAM) capabilities, especially cloud-managed systems that can function across multiple cloud installations. “German companies need to manage more users, devices and digital services than ever, In many cases, service providers are taking on these roles.” -Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. The report explores a wide range of cybersecurity trends in Germany, including increasing use of zero-trust approaches, the growth of the midsize market and the evolution of endpoint protection from traditional antivirus solutions to AI-based behavioral analysis. The 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ Cybersecurity — Solutions and Services report for Germany evaluates the capabilities of 97 providers across six quadrants: Identity and Access Management (IAM), Data Leakage/Loss Prevention (DLP) and Data Security, Advanced Endpoint Threat Detection and Response (Advanced ETPDR), Technical Security Services (TSS), Strategic Security Services (SSS) and Managed Security Services. The report names IBM as a Leader in five quadrants and Atos as a Leader in four quadrants. It names Accenture, Axians, Capgemini, Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft as Leaders in three quadrants each. Bechtle, Broadcom, CANCOM, Computacenter, Controlware and Trend Micro are named as Leaders in two quadrants each. CrowdStrike, Deloitte, DriveLock, DXC Technology, Forcepoint, GBS, HCL, HelpSystems, Infosys, KPMG, Matrix42, Okta, Orange Cyberdefense, Ping Identity, PwC, RSA, SentinelOne, Sophos, TCS, Trellix, VMware Carbon Black and Wipro are named as Leaders in one quadrant each. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research: The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe, as well as in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, the Nordics, Australia and Singapore/Malaysia, with additional markets to be added in the future. About ISG: ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.

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The UK Government have published their new Construction Strategy for 2016 to 2020, building on the progress made in the 2011-2015 version. Here, we take a quick look at the Strategy’s four principal objectives and the plans to achieve them over the course of the current Parliament.

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