PATCHES: Keeping Score in the Google vs. Microsoft Zero-Day Games. Google’s recent publication of Windows’ vulnerabilities — two within a week — predictably raised Microsoft’s ire. Read more

COLLABORATION: Obama and Cameron to Boost Partnership on Cybersecurity, Surveillance. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minster David Cameron announced on Friday their two nations will boost their partnership on cybersecurity and surveillance, as both leaders face scrutiny on how to monitor communications for terrorist threats without damaging the tech industry by affecting consumer privacy. Read more

HACKERS: Letters To The Editor: The Best Approach To Cybersecurity. The problem with today’s cybersecurity defense is a strategy still mired in its initial response to computer viruses: trying to close each vulnerability. With an ever-growing number of flaws in cyberspace that hackers can exploit to get at a person’s, a company’s or the government’s data, this strategy has become an increasingly more complex game of Whac-A-Mole that cannot hope to succeed and, with each iteration of more complex defenses, breeds more insecurity. Read more


STRATEGY: Why SEO Is Much Easier Than You Think. Search-engine optimization (SEO) has gone through a series of evolutions over the years. Older tactics, which focused on keyword-based optimization and black-hat practices, have become obsolete, and modern strategies, which focus on user experience, have come to replace them. Read more

KEYWORDS: Are They Relevant to SEO in 2015? The focus on keyword-based search engine optimization is dying quickly, as we’re witnessing the resurgence of long-tail keywords. Keywords once meant everything to a campaign; Google collected data about a site solely based on the keywords that were present on its pages and in its links, and companies could measure their success based on how they ranked for their target keywords. Read more


DEFENSE DEPT: New Rules Could Speed Up DoD Cloud Migration. Until now, the Defense Department has trailed considerably behind civilian agencies when it comes to taking advantage of new commercial cloud capabilities, namely because of stringent procurement and security rules. But that’s about to change. Read more

DATACENTERS: Proximity Matters, Even In The Cloud, Says DISA’s Top Technology Official. Having data available anytime, anywhere has long been touted as a major benefit of cloud computing, but a top Defense Information Systems Agency official said where data is physically located still matters. Read more

FEDERAL GOVT: Customs Agency Has To Keep Records For 75 Years. That’s A Lot Of Tape Drives. In the government, emerging technologies often find themselves on a collision course with existing — sometimes woefully outdated — federal policies and legal frameworks. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – February 16, 2015

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