Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 reviewed for government

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has been green lit for federal government service, but is it truly ready? We do a deep dive review of the new SP3 and find out.

Fighting entropy and ISIL, one image at a time

Kimbry McClure, Hitachi Data Systems Federal Digital Preservation program manager, talks about the Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform, which uses M-DISCs that resist environmental conditions and can theoretically last for more than 1,000 years.

Commentary: Not All Clouds Are Created Equal

Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer Susie Adams says not all clouds are created equal. As a result, trust, openness and flexibility are the essential elements agencies should look for in a cloud partner, Adams says.

How to boost credit card security? Kantara’s Brennan weighs in

With the holiday buying season in full swing, the White House is aiming to improve the somewhat deficient credit card security standards in the United States.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Gets GSA Green Light For Federal Service

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet has been placed on the GSA Schedule so that federal agencies can now begin to deploy it, something that state and local governments have already started doing to enhance their own mobility programs.

Lame duck session: A boon for tech?

According to one expert, the final meeting of the 113th Congress could be good news for technology issues that have been stuck on the back burner.

FederalConnect opens for business

Officials last week unveiled FederalConnect, a platform they hope will allow agencies and citizens to link to a hub that would eliminate the need to get separate digital credentials for different agencies. ForgeRock Vice President Allan Foster, whose company led the effort, discusses how the system works.

Microsoft helping government embrace open source programming

Although they have been operating in stealth mode, Microsoft is emerging as a leader in the open source government movement. FedScoop’s John Breeden II talks to Microsoft’s Kent Cunningham and Michael Donlan about how the company is working with agencies on open source efforts.

Commentary: Consumers benefit from progressive Internet regulations

Debra Berlyn, president of Consumer Policy Solutions and chairwoman for the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee, discusses what’s at stake for consumers in the net neutrality debate.

A federal robotics agency? Law professor makes the case

Law professor Ryan Calo calls for the formation of a federal robotics agency. We interview him about the unique nature of robots and the need for oversight.

Despite challenges, devices can have good protection against BadUSB

The Technocrat interviews director of product management for Ironkey Mats Nahlinder about a unique defense against the BadUSB malware.

Could Shellshock be worse than Heartbleed?

Is Shellshock a greater threat than the Heartbleed vulnerability? The Technocrat weighs in.

Commentary: 8 reasons why government contractors should embrace open source software

Government contractors have been slow to embrace open source software. There’s a handful of reasons why that’s the case, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says GitHub’s Government Evangelist Ben Balter.

Commentary: To protect that ‘kid in the garage,’ avoid regulating broadband under Title II

If the FCC doesn’t keep the Internet open, it will fundamentally alter the way the innovators of tomorrow think. And that will will kill innovation and creativity, argues Georgetown University Professor Maria Kovacs.

BlackBerry Passport’s security, functionality features could appeal to feds

For government usage, the BlackBerry Passport and the 10.3 operating system might be the right balance of functionality and security.

The CIOs of 2020 will lead with ‘soft skills’

Come 2020, a hard-nosed technical expertise is not going to cut it for federal IT leaders. Tomorrow’s IT leaders and the people who fill their vacancies are going to require business acumen and soft skills, like the ability to communicate, a group current federal chief information officers said Tuesday.

NSTIC head Jeremy Grant wants to kill passwords

I may have been a little hasty last week when I predicted that the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace may “never see the light of day,” and this week NSTIC head Jeremy Grant let me know it.

NSTIC is moving forward, but does it even have a chance?

How would the implementation of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace actually work, or could it even work?

Will quantum computing usher in a brave new world?

News that Google was close to unveiling a science fiction-like quantum computer took many people by surprise this week, but the truth is the government has been working on quite a few of these new devices for years.

Cities will lead the nation’s technological advances

“The author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance” talks about government-technology partnerships.

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