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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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

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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

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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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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

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

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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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Lock It Up or Lose It – Protect Your Data with AGS Cyber Protect

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July 5, 2016

Cyber security breaches have exposed millions of private records over the last few years – 87 million to be exact – and it’s clear that hackers are not letting up. Federal, state and local agencies face a constant barrage of cyber attacks by organized crime, hacktivists and state-sponsored agents. To fight these threats, agencies need to update their patches and defenses, but budgets are tight and it’s challenging to retain…

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How to Navigate the New Era of IT with Avnet (Infographic)

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May 2, 2016

Unlike traditional IT, the New Era of IT isn’t being driven by a single, new trend or technology entering the marketplace. Instead, it’s being driven by the maturation and convergence of several technology trends at the same time: Cloud. Big Data & Analytics. Converged Infrastructure. Security. Mobility. The Internet of Things.

Learn how you can secure your place in this New Era of IT in this infographic from Avnet.

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But Seriously, What’s a GSA Schedule Contract? 7 Things You Need to Know

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May 25, 2015

You can’t dabble in the marketplace, it’s too reactionary – And being reactionary in the marketplace doesn’t build you a sustainable go to market or business strategy within the public sector. You have to treat it as if it is an economy within itself. A GSA Schedule contract transcends all of this – Here are 7 things you need to know in order to benefit.

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Identify a New Vision and a Mechanism to Execute Government IT Mission

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May 15, 2014

In the first two blogs of this series we discussed the rapid pace of technical change and the pressures within government IT, as well as the OEM-distributor-VAR model and how changes to it are creating gaps in industry’s ability to support government outcomes. Today we discuss a new vision for government IT and a mechanism to execute on that vision. To recap, government IT is going through a time of…

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