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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

Retail CIOs Focus on Data Security, Digital Innovation

By Kenneth Corbin | 21 February, 2015 05:58

In the wake of widely publicized breaches at firms like Target and Home Depot, retail CIOs are nearly unanimous in naming data security as one of their top priorities for 2015, according to a new survey.

Sony hack is a corporate cyberwar game changer

By Kenneth Corbin | 19 January, 2015 11:01

The cyberattack on Sony Pictures late last year, which the FBI has attributed to North Korean hackers, represented a major escalation in digital hostilities that could reignite the long-simmering policy debate over how to better protect systems in the public and private sectors, a panel of former top intelligence officials said..

Microsoft's unified government cloud targets public sector in US

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 December, 2014 02:53

Microsoft is advancing its suite of cloud computing products for the government sector, rolling out versions of the Azure platform and Dynamics CRM specifically for the public sector to join Office 365 Government in the firm's cloud portfolio.

New Programs Aim to Boost Computer Science Education

By Kenneth Corbin | 10 December, 2014 02:49

The Obama administration is unveiling a series of new efforts aimed at boosting computer science education at the K-12 level, including funding commitments from tech companies and philanthropic organizations and pledges from dozens of school districts to expand their curriculum offerings.

What Does All That Healthcare Data Really Mean?

By Kenneth Corbin | 04 December, 2014 03:49

Bringing more data into the public domain may be a critical step toward increasing transparency in the famously opaque healthcare sector, but raw data alone will only go so far, experts warn.

How to Navigate Big Data in Healthcare

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 November, 2014 02:27

In the fast-moving world of health IT, there can be too much of a good thing.

Health IT Success Hinges on CIO-Business Collaboration

By Kenneth Corbin | 25 November, 2014 04:43

CIOs in all industries can face challenges aligning their work with the business units of the enterprise, but in the healthcare industry, perhaps more than most, it is critical to win the support of the executives and front-line workers in the operation, a panel of experts said at a recent health IT conference.

States Get Mixed Report Card on Using Data to Improve Education

By Kenneth Corbin | 21 November, 2014 03:01

School districts across the country are beginning to embrace data-driven strategies to improve accountability and transparency in the public education sector, but a new study finds that progress among the states has been widely uneven.

CIOs Must Be Healthcare Leaders to Battle Consumer Confusion

By Kenneth Corbin | 13 November, 2014 07:11

The widespread confusion and worries over costs among healthcare consumers call for CIOs to take a more active role in orchestrating outreach campaigns to help educate individuals and small businesses and make better decisions about their plan options.

State CIOs List Security as Top Priority for 2015

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 November, 2014 02:38

CIOs at federal departments and agencies may have their hands full as they grapple with a bevy of mandates and government-wide initiatives to modernize their IT deployments, but state CIOs are carrying a heavy load, as well.

Federal IT Leaders Look for Trust, Transparency in Cloud Vendors

By Kenneth Corbin | 03 November, 2014 05:56

Even as federal agencies have been warming to the opportunities that commercial cloud service providers can offer, the transition is gradual, as government IT officials continue to express concerns about service agreements and turning over sensitive applications to outside vendors.

CIOs Tasked With Federal IT Overhaul Battle Culture and Bureaucracy

By Kenneth Corbin | 24 October, 2014 01:17

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies large and small are in the midst of a wave of ambitious IT projects, but their relative success hinges in large part on the ability of the CIO to align the technology overhaul with the organization's mission and to secure the support of senior management.

FBI chief urges tech firms to rethink encryption

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 October, 2014 02:49

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday called on Apple and Google to abandon plans to set encryption as the default setting for mobile devices and operating systems, warning that such a move would prevent law enforcement officials from accessing electronic communications that are critical to investigations and prosecutions.

Ranking the World's Least Friendly Markets for U.S. Tech Firms

By Kenneth Corbin | 10 October, 2014 00:38

Multinational tech companies have long complained about restrictive policies in foreign countries that limit market access. Now a prominent Washington think tank is calling out names.

White House Cybersecurity Plans Hinge on Industry Dialogue

By Kenneth Corbin | 04 October, 2014 01:36

The government and business communities haven't always been comrades in arms in cyberspace, but officials in both sectors say that public and private organizations need to better coordinate to address the evolving digital threats to critical infrastructure