IT modernization a shrinking slice of agency budgets

By | November 11th, 2016|Blog|

Federal IT is like running on a treadmill without an on/off switch. Stopping to get a drink will result in a wipe out. Or in this analogy, divert significant spending from operations and maintenance to IT modernization and programs and people are adversely impacted. The result is systems get older and more expensive to maintain and eat [...]

Presidential recruiting visit at SXSW, plus tacos

By | March 23rd, 2016|Blog|

You can count on two things during mid-March in Austin, Texas: bluebonnets popping up along the roadside, and the city earning its self-proclaimed title of the Live Music Capital of the World with the South by Southwest Festival. For years it's been more than just music with the addition of film and interactive tracks. This [...]

Putting air bags in a 1965 Mustang?

By | June 22nd, 2015|Blog|

The new US CIO, Tony Scott addressed security concerns in federal IT, especially after the recent massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. He said the one of the biggest challenges is protecting old and outdated IT infrastructure systems, comparing it to trying to install air bags in a 1965 Ford Mustang. It's [...]

Industry responds to cybersecurity framework

By | October 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|

In August, NIST requested feedback from the owners and operators of the nation's critical infrastructure to understand how the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity was being used and how it could be improved. Most of the responses posted by NIST were not from organizations running the infrastructure, but tech companies and industry associations. The [...]

Infographic: Continuous monitoring key for federal cybersecurity

By | August 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|

In response to the 2013 Executive Order 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, the framework published in 2014 by NIST addresses improving resilience to cyber incidents and reducing cyber threats. While one solution can’t fit all, a core component of the framework is continuous monitoring.  Scroll through the infographic below to see why continuous monitoring [...]

Finding successful tech solutions for DoD

By | April 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Maj. Gen. Brett Williams is the director of operations at the US Cyber Command. He recently wrote an opinion piece entitled, "Why too many technology solutions fall short." His assertion is that solutions fail because it's tough to balance the risk across the three stakeholder groups, essentially those: 1) controlling the money, 2) responsible for operating [...]

Federal shutdown highlights need for network automation amid the trend toward doing more with less in IT

By | October 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Uplogix CTO offers an editorial on the overlooked importance of network automation in federal initiatives for data center consolidation and the cloud. With the current federal shutdown, many federal employees are on furlough, yet essential operations continue. For IT groups, this is an expansion of the current trend of being asked to do more [...]

Experts predict federal IT staff reductions next year

By | September 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Belts are going to tighten in Federal IT, making Cloud,data center consolidation and network automationeven more important. A recent article in the Federal Times says that federal IT staff sizes will likely go down next year due to continued pressure from sequestration cuts, ongoing migration of federal IT infrastructure to the cloud, and program consolidation [...]

Treating sequestration symptoms with local management

By | March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

Avoiding the politics of the sequestration drama isn't easy, but here we'll try to just state some facts and discuss a few things that Uplogix can help out with. Change brings opportunity, and in a time of broad budget cuts there are probably many federal agencies that are going to look (hopefully) to technology to [...]