HOW-TO: Use Low-Code Platforms to Develop the Apps Customers Want. Low-code, rapid development platforms provide a way to incorporate user feedback into apps during development. This improves the turnaround time for consumer-facing applications while ensuring that projects don’t turn into white elephants. Read more

SOFTWARE: 8 significant software releases of 2014. A look at the multitude of software releases in 2014, and the ones that made an impact. Many of these could continue to transform the tech industry into 2015 and beyond. Read more


CHECKLISTS: Infosec checklists becoming common, but they’re not magic. Security checklists like the Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Mitigation Strategies are valuable, but to treat them as universal compliance mechanisms is a mistake. A risk-based approach is essential. Find out more

FISMA: FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015. Demand is finally pushing the cloud services cybersecurity program known as FedRAMP to develop standards for high impact systems. Find out more

JAVA 8:Java EE 8 Security JSR will have Cloud Improvements. The Java Community Process published details of JSR 375, a redesigned Java EE Security API that includes improvements for implementing security in a cloud environment. Find out more


NEW JERSEY: Library systems are expanding their digital offerings to provide qualified adults with online high school diploma programs career certificates. A new pilot program offered by the New Jersey State Library allows residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online – for free. Read more

FAA: New F.A.A. Report Tallies Drone Sightings, Highlighting Safety Issues. Sales of drones to civilians are taking off and so are safety concerns about the proliferation of the unmanned vehicles buzzing the skies. Now, the agency tasked with regulating airspace in the United States has released a tally of drone misbehavior this year – including near-misses with manned aircraft and more mundane stunts like orbiting the Hollywood sign. Read more

NSA: Releases First in Series of Software Products to Open Source Community. The National Security Agency announced the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. Read more

ENERGY: Power grid jobs are on the rise! See what types of jobs are out there. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – December 1, 2014

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