New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

government technology
February 13, 2017

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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What hospitals must have and should have when it comes to disaster recovery requirements and solutions

healthcare it disaster recovery
February 8, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas What can critical application downtime cost a hospital? A lot. Last year, Health Information Technology (HIT) surveyed hospitals across the United States on critical application availability. The results were unbelievable. Participating hospitals reported an average of 69 hours of downtime of critical patient apps at a cost to the affected hospital of $7,900 per minute. Let that sink in for a bit. At $7,900 per minute,…

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How to talk to healthcare organizations about their disaster recovery requirements and needs

healthcare-it-blog
February 2, 2017

Post sponsored by Veritas When creating a data protection, backup and recovery strategy, there is a deeper level that must be addressed and that’s critical system availability. It’s extremely important that critical applications are appropriately prioritized during an emergency situation when multiple apps need to all be recovered quickly. This can help ensure real-time patient safety and quality of care goes uninterrupted in the event of a disaster. Healthcare organizations…

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Digital Influence is Everywhere: Cisco in Retail

retail customer experience
January 17, 2017

While retail is not an area that we normally focus on for the Cisco brand line in distribution, digital influence and its impact on retail is a relevant topic. I have to admit that this past holiday season I did participate not just in Black Friday/Saturday/Sunday but also Cyber Monday (sorry to my boss, I had to get the online deals). Like many shoppers, I braved the Thursday portion of…

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Stop playing the waiting game – earn Government business faster with a GSA Schedule Contract

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November 30, 2016

Winning your first government contract can be slow moving – sometimes taking upwards of several years to gain traction. It’s an up (Capitol) Hill battle. See what I did there? With limited resources and budgets, maintaining a contract on your own can be a drag. That’s why IT solution providers are on the hunt for trusted partners to gain access to public sector work – while avoiding the costs and…

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Destination Cloud: The Federal, state, local and education (SLED) Cloud Journey

cloud adoption
November 1, 2016

Government agencies and institutions are taking a road trip to the cloud but who has the map? Government agencies and institutions, including: • Police stations; • State colleges; • Our nation’s capital; • Federal, state and local agencies; and • Higher education institutions are buried by regulations, pressed by tight budgets and limited by legacy systems. To bypass these issues, many are taking a detour and heading to the cloud….

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

cybersecurity awareness month
October 17, 2016

October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and  importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security.  The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors. NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber…

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10 steps to fight ransomware AFTER it’s infected healthcare systems

it security ransomware
October 12, 2016

More and more, hackers are turning their attention from banks and financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Why? Because they see healthcare companies as low-hanging fruit. Not only is it relatively easy to infiltrate IT systems, by hacking medical devices, targeting new or uneducated employees and/or from general weak security systems – but also the information being protected is extremely lucrative to criminals. Cybersecurity is a big concern for your healthcare…

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Coaching customers to identify, prevent and recover from ransomware

ransomeware
October 5, 2016

Do you know which industry experienced the highest rate of cyber-attacks last year? It wasn’t retail. It wasn’t government. It wasn’t even finance. It’s healthcare. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue this year and throughout 2017 as well. Why? Because electronic healthcare records are twenty times more valuable on the black market than other sensitive data, including credit card information. Cyber security is a major concern within the healthcare…

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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

cloud-computing-government
September 27, 2016

In my recent posts, I’ve focused on initiatives in the Federal space and steps Avnet Government Solutions is taking to protect Uncle Sam’s goods. As summer wraps up I wanted to drill down on the other side of the public sector. Last month we attended XChange SLED University and then road tripped to the Sunshine State for NASCIO a couple weeks ago. The state, local and education (SLED) industry provides…

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Manual processes slowing down IT? Here’s how one healthcare company used DevOps to transform the organization

devops use case
September 22, 2016

What does DevOps look like? For one healthcare company, DevOps wasn’t pretty. Sure it had a more mature set of processes than competitors and for the most part its IT environment worked, but there were still a lot of manual processes that made its IT environment complex – it wasn’t scalable or user-friendly. If you incorporate DevOps methodologies but still have issues with siloed information and manual processes, you might…

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Office of Personnel Management breach one year later – look how far we’ve come

government cyber security
September 6, 2016

It’s been more than a year since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach that exposed the personal information of millions of U.S. Federal workers. You’ve probably seen the news – the breach exposed personal information from a jaw-dropping 22 million people including finger prints, social security numbers and other private information. Victims included current and former Federal employees, retirees, contractors and others who had undergone Federal background checks. It…

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Data Breach Summer Shake Down in the Public Sector

Protect your enterprise from a data breach
August 12, 2016

As Washington, D.C. battles a hazy, hot, and humid summer, it also continues to battle a more complex threat – cyber attacks. The public sector is leading a data breach shake down as organizations and agencies look to stop hackers from exposing the United States’ most secure and sensitive data. Planning ahead for a cyber attack In June 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a set…

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Are healthcare companies hoarding data? Help your customers prioritize, regulate and simplify data with information governance

healthcare information governance
July 28, 2016

There’s a real fear when it comes to deleting data. No matter how obscure or obsolete information may seem, many healthcare organizations view data deletion as a risk they could be deleting research that holds the key to the next major medical breakthrough. The cost of data storage – is it worth it to keep data “just in case?” Storing all data can sometimes seem like it’s the right thing…

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