That Moment When…. Your Conference Call Goes Wrong

January 18, 2018

The White House “Listening Only” Snafu and Conference Call Best Practices Unfortunately a lot of us have been there. You’re about to make a much-anticipated presentation and all of a sudden you hear it – the dreaded dog bark in the background. Or perhaps one of the attendees has their webcam turned on but isn’t aware. It may come in

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Why Should the Private Sector Care About FedRAMP

January 18, 2018

If you are in the public sector then you are already well aware of what FedRAMP is and why you should care. But if you are in the private sector, then this is for you. The FedRAMP framework was developed by the GSA (General Services Administration) specifically established so civilian and public agencies can evaluate and accept the risks associated

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Government News Roundup – January 2018

January 11, 2018

With the advent of the New Year, theories and predictions for the coming year dominate the blogs and forums of government analysts and pundits alike. Below is a collection of our favorites. Five Federal IT Trends to Watch in 2018 IT modernization, Cybersecurity, and standards for IoT top the list of GovTech Works trends for the coming year. White House:

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Government News Roundup – December 2017

December 18, 2017

There has been much discussion about government tech, modernization efforts, and cybersecurity in the press recently. Looking to catch up with the latest news?  See the highlights below along with links to read the articles in full. Rethinking the Human Element of Government IT Modernization This GCN article suggests that the reason why some agencies may be struggling with IT

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How UCaaS Helps Address the Local Government Cybersecurity Challenge

December 18, 2017

The Government Technology article “Small Towns Confront Big Cyber-Risks” explores the cybersecurity challenges facing many small and mid-size local government agencies… Suggesting their strategies must be “creative,” the article describes how local government jurisdictions are forced to combat the same cybersecurity threat landscape as their   state government counterparts with far fewer resources. Describing the nature of the cybersecurity threat to local agencies: “Local

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NextGov Limitless Government Event Recap

December 18, 2017

NextGov’s Limitless Government event brought government IT discussion to Los Angeles. Its “Technology as a Force of Change” session included panels featuring both federal and local government agencies including U.S. Customs & Border Protection, FBI, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, TSA and the City of Los Angeles. With topics ranging from “Tech’s Expanding Role in Government” to “the Evolving Threat Landscape,” the event’s

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Five Ways Secure Cloud Communications Addresses the Top State CIO Priorities for 2017

November 30, 2017

As the end of the calendar year approaches, we look back at what NASCIO has identified as the top state CIO priorities for 2017. Any state agency looking to adopt new voice communication services may wish to consider these objectives when evaluating the best fit for their organization. State CIO Objectives Security and Risk Management State CIOs are challenged with a continuously

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ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference Recap

November 27, 2017

Last week’s ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference provided a great forum for not only identifying pressing federal IT needs, but in gathering recommendations on how internal and outside stakeholders can best work together to address them. Aside from the expected cyber discussions, good sessions were held on Blockchain technology and its possible use in government.  These, and other specific topics, were viewed from the

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Why FedRAMP is Important for State Agencies

November 27, 2017

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) “do once, apply many times” approach to security assessment offers value outside of the federal government sector. Though FedRAMP was intended to apply to federal agencies, state agencies can benefit from this framework when vetting cloud vendors. How Does FedRAMP Apply to State Agencies? One proponent of state agencies using FedRAMP is

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Five Ways AVST and Collab9’s New Joint Offering Can Benefit Your Agency

November 27, 2017

Collab9 has teamed with AVST, the trusted developer of enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions, and is now delivering a joint offering that combines AVST’s best-of-breed UC applications with collab9’s FedRAMP authorized Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform. This multi-vendor solution, like all collab9 solutions, was designed to meet NIST cloud security standards. As a result, federal, state and local

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