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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

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.

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.