NISC receives prestigious awards for work in North Dakota

This week, the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the Information Technology Council of North Dakota (ITCND) recognized National Information Solutions Cooperative® (NISC) with two awards. The awards, presented by the North Dakota industry associations, recognize NISC for developing new business technologies and for being a leader in the use of innovative technology to …

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FCC Looks to Broaden Net Neutrality Concept

The Chairman of the FCC Julius Genachowski wants to extend and more broadly apply “open Internet” rules, arguing that everything legal in the Internet “pipe” is protected from discrimination unless FCC states otherwise. Some companies see the move as a threat to their present business model. Most companies currently select …

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DHS Websites May Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Richard Skinner, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, announced in a report that many of the most popular DHS sites are vulnerable to hackers, a problem that could result in the loss or misuse of DHS data. The most frequently visited websites were audited and were found to have …

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Securing the Cyber Cloud

As the government and private sector move more towards cloud computing, the question of security “in the cloud” is becoming a central component of the debate. There are a number of competing ideas regarding the best way to properly secure data being stored in the cloud. For some government agencies, …

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Melissa Hathaway: Lack of permanent cyber coordinator doesn’t show lack of priority by White House

Cybersecurity threats are “just the beginning of the beginning.” Melissa Hathaway recently drew that assessment in accepting Information Security Magazine’s 5th annual Security 7 Awards. The biggest casualty on the cybersecurity front is theft of corporate intellectual property and other proprietary data. That loss, writes Hathaway in Information Security’s Oct. …

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Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra’s secret to networking

When you think “networking,” words like “self-promotion” may come to mind. If so, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra offered a compelling counter-strategy in a recent talk before a group of entrepreneurs in Burlingame, Calif. His approach? Call it selfless networking. That approach has been so …

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Silent, Deadly – Preventable

As the weather gets cooler, executives and their families are turning on the heat and building crackling fires.  Rainy or snowy days can encourage starting the car in the garage.  But there are hidden dangers lurking.  Any fuel that is burned – gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal – produces …

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Mark Drapeau: Six ways to join the goverati



First came the technorati. Then the twitterati. Now the goverati have burst onto the Web 2.0 scene. These are individuals from government and industry alike leveraging new technology to better shape government policy and direction. So what can industry do to keep on top of this emerging trend? Who better …

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Edward Swallow named VP of Business Development for Northrop Grumman’s Info Systems sector’s Civil Systems division

Yesterday. Northrop Grumman announced that it has appointed Edward M. Swallow vice president of business development for the Information Systems sector’s Civil Systems division. Swallow will now oversee the division’s business development activities, including building and executing strategies, identifying and shaping new business opportunities, and maintaining customer relationships in the …

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Combating Cyber Crime in South East Asia

In the ever expanding realm of cyber security, both India and New Zealand have moved to strengthen their cyber security efforts. New Zealand established a small cyber crime police unit and India has established a court to hear cases involving cyber crime. The small cyber unit set up in New …

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Navy IT Plan Highlights Role of Cybersecurity

In the Navy’s recently announced IT plan for the 2010 fiscal year, CIO Robert Carey outlined some of the key areas of focus, including increased cybersecurity, more use of Web 2.0 and network architecture planning. One of Carey’s key focuses is on ensuring the Navy’s networks are secure. The Navy …

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