How UCaaS Helps Address the Local Government Cybersecurity Challenge

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

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

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

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

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. FedRAMP was initially intended for providing federal agencies a secure cloud however, state agencies can benefit from this framework when vetting cloud vendors. How Does FedRAMP Apply to State Agencies? One proponent of state agencies

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

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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Government IT News Round Up – November 2017

The government IT media has shared a number of insightful findings and resources in recent weeks. See below for some of the highlights and links to read the articles in full. Federal IT News Four Steps CIOs Can Take Now to Prepare for the MGT Act This article from FedScoop suggests that agencies should “start planning now” for the Modernizing

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Avaya and Collab9’s FedRAMP Solutions Provide Innovative, Secure Communications

Avaya FedRAMP means agencies now have even better reasons to move their telecommunications solutions to the cloud. Through its partnership with collab9, Avaya offers a full range of FedRAMP solutions that meet federal Unified Communications needs. The Avaya Aura® Communication Manager is a popular, flexible, scalable solution that is already recognized by federal executives as a popular go-to option. Avaya and its FedRAMP

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What to Expect at This Year’s ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference

Like so many in the government sector, the collab9 team, including our CEO, will attend ACT-IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference later this month in Colonial Williamsburg. This marks the last year that the conference will be held in Virginia, ahead of a move to Philadelphia for 2018, so it’s sure to be a memorable few days. Beyond that, building on the

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How GSA IT Schedule 70 Benefits Public Sector Agencies

Collab9 is now available through the General Services Administration’s (GSA) IT Schedule 70 contract. For public sector agencies looking to move their communications infrastructure into the cloud, purchasing collab9 services from this procurement vehicle offers a number of benefits, when compared to an agency independently awarding its own contract. What is GSA IT Schedule 70? As defined on the GSA website: “IT Schedule

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