MICROSOFT: An Open Source Windows Is ‘Definitely Possible’. MICROSOFT’S SOFTWARE EMPIRE rests on Windows, the computer operating system that runs so many of the world’s desktop PCs, laptops, phones, and servers. Along with the Office franchise, it generates the majority of the company’s revenues. Read more

FAVORITES: ZDNet Readers’ Favorite Operating Systems: Windows, iOS, and Android. Windows is the favorite desktop operating system of ZDNet readers. On the mobile front, it’s followed by iOS and Android. That largely agrees with the operating system popularity numbers of the federal government’s Digital Analytics Program (DAP), but there are also some telling differences. Read more


DEVELOPMENT: How To Build A Team For Software Security Management. Call the team what you will — application security, software security, product security — if you count on software to succeed in your business, you need a set of people in your organization dedicated to software security management (yes, even if you just buy your software from others). Read more [SEARCHSECURITY.TECHTARGET.COM]

GAO: More Effective Management Needed In Delegating Security Authority To Federal Agencies. Ineffective management by the Federal Protective Service (FPS) in delegating security authority to federal agencies places federal facilities at risk, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office. Read more

OFFICE SECURITY: Wearables In The Office: Security Risk? The use of wearable tech devices is on the rise. A recent Price­­waterhouse­­Coopers report found a fifth of adults in the United States already own one, and additional sales could top 130 million units in 2018. Read more

RISK MANAGEMENT: Fast-Changing Security Threats Overwhelming IT Managers. Security professionals are unable to keep pace with cyber security threats against companies as external and internal threats mushroom from both known and emerging technologies, a survey published on Wednesday showed. Read more


CALIFORNIA: How Collaboration Led To A Better Cloud. State technology and procurement executives should collaborate to find new ways to buy and build offerings like cloud infrastructure, according to a new case study on a California IT initiative. Read more

SHARED SERVICES: IT Policy Library Released. The CIO Council has released an IT Policy Library – – to centralize a growing body of public laws, executive orders, OMB memos, and other OMB activity and reporting requirements for Federal CIOs and others. The CIO Council plans to update the library as policy requirements change. Reporting requirements and actions are tagged and sorted by topic. Read more

SOFTWARE AS A SERVICE: Governments Hit Their Stride with SaaS. San Francisco CIO Miguel Gamino Jr. says that was the case for the city’s workforce, which began migrating to Microsoft Office 365 from Lotus Notes in 2010. However, widespread adoption didn’t take place until recently. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – May 14, 2015

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