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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

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

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.