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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

Open Internet Central to U.S. Trade Policy

By Kenneth Corbin | 29 September, 2014 23:43

WASHINGTON -- U.S. cloud providers have ambitious designs on foreign markets, but overseas expansion has been slowed by a number of obstacles, ranging from privacy worries over government surveillance activities to policies that impede cross-border data flows.

Virtualization, Cloud Complicate Insider Threats for Federal CIOs

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 September, 2014 02:58

Within the federal government, the shift toward virtualization and cloud computing is already well underway, but agency and industry officials warn that those migrations invite new security considerations, particularly in the form of insider threats.

Health IT Backers Press Congress for Clearer Roadmaps

By Kenneth Corbin | 20 September, 2014 02:35

Dozens of health IT advocates from around the country made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with lawmakers and staffers to press for an array of policies to advance e-health initiatives.

Federal IT Leaders Seek Support From Developers for EHR Adoption

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 September, 2014 23:15

The White House is appealing to developers to join the open source community working to expand adoption of interoperable digital health records through its Blue Button initiative.

Vendor Outreach Key to Unlocking Federal Cloud Market

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 September, 2014 00:19

CIOs across the federal government have been working actively to incorporate cloud technologies, but the success and pace of those initiatives hinge on collaboration with the vendor community, federal IT leaders said at a recent cloud computing conference.

Federal CIOs Must Reframe Security Around Data, Access

By Kenneth Corbin | 15 September, 2014 23:24

In an era of cloud computing, increasing mobility and federal agencies outsourcing more functions to IT contractors, the traditional lines delineating a network perimeter have blurred beyond recognition, experts warn.

CIO of Defense Department Agency Cautions Against Rush to Cloud

By Kenneth Corbin | 13 September, 2014 00:23

WASHINGTON -- For all the enthusiasm surrounding the government's move to the cloud -- and there's no shortage -- one prominent federal CIO is emphatic that cloud computing, for all its virtues, is no panacea for the government's technology challenges.

IT Crucial as Feds Respond to 'Perfect Storm' Labor Squeeze

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 September, 2014 01:13

Federal agencies need to embrace new technologies and more flexible workplace arrangements as they seek to improve service delivery while dealing with a harsh budget climate that has put severe limits on their ability to hire new workers, government officials said this week.

Department of Labor Doing IT Consolidation, Centralization Amid Tight Budget

By Kenneth Corbin | 28 August, 2014 23:26

Dawn Leaf spends a lot of time thinking about consolidation. The deputy CIO at the Department of Labor, described a series of ongoing efforts at her organization to consolidate and standardize the IT operations in place at an array of agencies across the department during an appearance on Federal News Radio and an online question-and-answer session.

5 Ways Federal CIOs Plan to Improve Security Monitoring

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 August, 2014 23:19

As the federal government gradually moves to an always-on, cloud-centric IT operation, senior technology officials work to ensure that agencies' security posture can keep pace.

Government CIOs Urged to Hire IT Workers With Soft Skills

By Kenneth Corbin | 21 August, 2014 23:36

Federal CIOs, facing pressure to improve services amid flat or declining budgets, need to rethink their hiring strategies and bring on employees with more diverse experience and skill sets that reach beyond mere technical expertise.

Brocade Pitches Open Networking to Cash-Strapped Feds

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 August, 2014 23:45

WASHINGTON -- If storage and compute power can be purchased on a usage-based pricing model, like a utility, then why can't networking follow the same path? Moreover, why shouldn't that network run on an open architecture that fosters competition among multiple service providers?

Department of Transportation CIO Leading a Turnaround Mission

By Kenneth Corbin | 15 August, 2014 23:51

When Richard McKinney took over at the CIO of the Department of Transportation last May, the IT department was a mess.

Federal CIOs Lean on Virtualization, Shared Services to Trim Data Centers

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 August, 2014 23:18

Viewing the data center as the focal point of an ambitious set of technology initiatives, federal CIOs are working aggressively to slash server counts and consolidate facilities as they position their agencies to adopt cloud applications, roll out mobile technologies and support big data projects.

The Internet of Things brings far-reaching security threats

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 August, 2014 22:53

Security pros routinely cite poor cyber hygiene as one of their top concerns. But if they're lying awake at night worried about lazy passwords and software updates going ignored, just think of the headaches that will come once thermostats, pacemakers and just about everything else comes online.