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HOW-TO: Use More Open Source in Your Next Federal IT Acquisition. Robert L. Read and Eric Mill of 18F explain why it’s important that every Federal CIO, CTO, Architect, and Program Manager seeking to build or procure new IT projects understand that open source exists, that it can be of high quality and highly reusable, and how to use it securely. Read more

HIRING: Competing for talent in government – aligning strategy and human capital. Crafting policy often is the easiest part of government. Implementation and execution via government projects and programs is the hard part fraught with pitfalls and traps. Attracting and retaining the right talent to carry out these governmental initiatives is the key to ensuring policy is implemented and executed as aligned with the conceived intent. So, how does the government establish an effective talent management framework? Read more

CIOs: Bedeviled by IT Services Access, App Downtime. The vast majority (82 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) admit that they are unable to meet their organization’s need for immediate, always-on access to IT services. Read more


FIREFOX: Firefox releases version 34 with SSLv3 fixes. Mozilla has disabled SSLv3 support and added Firefox Hello to its latest version of Firefox. Find out more

ADVICE: 6 tips for adopting open source. Open source code drives collaborative innovation from a larger pool of developers at a lower cost, which is why federal agencies are adopting the “open source first” model. So what’s the best way to increase your agency’s adoption of open source software and keep it secure? Here are six tips to get you there. Find out more

SURVEY: Control, not cost savings, drives IT’s love for open source. More IT professionals are embracing open source software, with control and business continuity outweighing the cost savings as factors. The Ponemon Institute polled nearly 1,400 IT professionals in the U.S. and in 18 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa about their perceptions of open source software versus proprietary programs. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. respondents (74 percent) said open source applications allow for better control and continuity with an organization’s overall IT practices. Read more


MALWARE: The FBI is warning companies that cyberattackers are launching destructive malware in the U.S., Reuters reports. The five-page “flash” warning comes in the wake of a crippling attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last week, though the FBI would not say whether the Sony hack prompted the warning. The advisory cautioned that the malware “overrides data on hard drives of computers, which can make them inoperable and shut down networks,” Reuters reported. The hard drives could be impossible to recover. Read more


APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is dedicated to Application Development and Systems Integration for Federal Civilian Agencies, Document Management Systems that help in the preparation, scanning, indexing, categorizing and quality control of millions of pages of paper documents to electronic format and the Automation of Workflow Processes. Call us at 703-502-3416.


ATTN: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – December 2, 2014

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