Recently, Software AG Government Solutions Chief Solutions Architect, Chris Steel, was part of a panel discussion about data center consolidation in government on Federal News Radio. Other panelists included Mike Krieger, Deputy CIO, US Army; Ed Dorris, CIO, OCC/Department of Treasury; Mary Givvines, Deputy Director for Office of Information Services, NRC; Vaughn Stewart, Chief Technical Evangelist, Pure Storage and Tony Evans, Director, Worldwide Defense Systems, Schneider Electric. The panel was moderated by Jim Flyzik of the Flyzik Group.
Recently, we sat down with Tod Weber, Chairman and CEO, Software AG Government Solutions, to talk about the importance of government agencies running a proof of concept before committing to a major IT overhaul or implementation. He shared with us his top three things that government agencies should consider before they sign on the dotted line.
We recently spoke with Tod Weber, chairman and CEO of Software AG Government Solutions, about the federal government IT market and its approach to purchasing from vendors. After last year’s sequestration and subsequent budget shortfalls, many agencies began implementing a “try it before you buy it” course of action in the IT space. Weber shared tips that federal agencies can use when evaluating IT vendors, as well as an overall take on the market today. Here’s what he had to say:
Do you really know what’s happening on your network? Sure, you can see how traffic’s flowing and perhaps even identify some threats to your agency’s cyber security. But with the growing deluge of information it can be tough for any organization, let alone government agencies that are doing more with less and facing more cyber attacks than ever to find the valuable information from the diverse and siloed data sources that make up an agency’s IT infrastructure.
At the beginning of October, we introduced National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and the shared responsibility citizens and businesses have to help secure the Internet. Each week during NCSAM revolves around a different theme representing a facet of cyber security. This week’s theme is Critical Infrastructure and The Internet of Things (IoT).
Government IT leaders are making strides in cyber defense by implementing best practices and using available tools to make sense of critical data. But often the problem in cyber isn’t being able to pull in data; many would argue they are drowning in data. Instead, the challenge is the lack of real-time analytics to understand the data in more detail and make the data useful enough in time to prevent an attack before it completes.
ModernGov recently spoke with Michael Ho, Vice President for Software AG Government Solutions, about the key issues facing government agencies when it comes to handling, analyzing, and correlating data they collect from innumerable sources. That data collection and storage has exploded over the past few years, and, in fact, 90 percent of the data on the Internet today was created in the past two years. We generate over a billion gigabytes of data every day on the Internet alone.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), celebrated every October since its inception in 2004, was created as a collaborative effort between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and the shared responsibility citizens and businesses have to help secure the Internet.