Jim Garrettson

IPv6 — Are We There Yet? Yes, Some Say

In a Sept. 28, 2010 memo, federal CIO Vivek Kundra laid out specific steps for agencies to expedite the operational deployment and use of IPv6 — the so-called Next Generation Net, which is an updated infrastructure of the current system, IPv4. Designed to provide new services and capabilities, the new protocol …

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UMUC Hosts Gala to Highlight Cyber Programs, Fund Scholarships to Future Cyber Warriors

The University of Maryland University College is presenting An Evening in Cyberspace, a black-tie gala that will bring together leaders from industry and government, scholars, researchers and practitioners to celebrate the university’s  new cybersecurity programs and to fund scholarships for students entering these programs. UMUC has positioned itself as a …

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Internet Kill Switch Possible?

The Egyptian government’s multiday deactivation of the Internet, in the wake of the turmoil in the country, have raised concerns and questions about whether the U.S. government could block Internet access by implementing a “kill switch” to protect the country in the event of a cyber emergency. Last summer, Sen. …

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'Insider Threat'- the Perfect Storm

Watching the trends and waves of popular evolutionary Internet patterns in government contracting from a publisher’s desk, the WikiLeaks story has created a booming crash on the beach of  fear, uncertainty and doubt (aka FUD). While the average American may be thinking, as casual observers of an international event, the …

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Are New PCI Regulations Necessary?

While organizational conflicts of interest has generated buzz over the recent Pentagton ruling, personal conflict of interest (PCI), which appears to be more restrictive, seems to be more damaging to federal employees, contracting employees and government contracting companies. According to the 2008 GAO pertaining to PCI, government officials believed new …

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iPad Hype Gives GovCon Firms New Opportunities

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The iPad undoubtedly became one of the most-hyped products of last year, with a seemingly never-ending popularity. When legions of government employees embrace what some have dubbed the new BlackBerry for federal workers, government contractors specializing in computer and mobile security have found  themselves increasingly busy with developing new applications …

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Online Health Records: Are Yours Secure?

As America’s healthcare industry scurries to transition from paper medical records to electronic counterparts and meeting the 2015 meaningful-use requirements, experts raise flags about the security and warn about the downside to moving into an all-digital system. Electronic Health Records, or EHRs, are perceived as a method to enhance care …

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