GOVTek Monthly Newsletter: Issue 93, May 2012


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Tell Congress to Support Association Meetings!


As some of you may know, the current GSA scandal has resulted in a proposed Bill circulating Congress which would severely restrict government involvement in third party meetings like the GTRA Council Meeting. If passed, this law could have a LIFE THREATENING impact on hundreds of important collaboration, networking, and educational activities throughout the year. Please take a moment to sign this petition by the Center for Association Leadership to tell congress you do not support excessive restrictions!




CISPA Showdown Pits Security Against Privacy

With many equating the bill to the ill fated SOPA, many wonder what the future holds and whether CISPA is better than its predecessor.


Electronic Records Archiving Still Problematic

Recent survey shows 81 percent of agencies still print/file documents on a regular basis


Town Hall: Mobile Workforce Grows While Security Issues Remain

Consensus among leaders is that technology is less of a problem than people, training and processes


Decisions on Cloud 'All About the Data,' USPS Security Officer Says

Agencies should first assess what they can tolerate within a cloud environment, then only move that data to the cloud



GTRA Special Report: Engineering the Future - Pursuing the Road Less Traveled

This report analyzes the decreasing numbers of students pursuing engineering and mathematical degrees and the risk this trend poses to the Scientific and IT communities.



GTRA Research Study: Communication Between Business & IT


GTRA is conducting a study on communication trends between business and IT groups within an organization. This confidential survey will only take 5 minutes so please click through to provide your insights on this important topic!


Click here to Complete Short 3-Minute Survey



VA's Peter Levin: Openness Key To Mobile Security

A candid discussion with VA's CTO on the agency's mobile strategy which includes managing risks and scaling for widespread mobile deployments


Agile Government: Elusive, But Not Impossible (Really)

A coming together of technologies and IT management philosophies at the federal level---including agile development and shared services--is cause for guarded optimism.


FedScoop Interview: Mary Davie

GSA Executive speaks about building a collaborative platform to support federal acquisition


How Cloud Storage Could Catch Up With Big Data

Interesting look at how Erasure Coding is growing in popularity, notably due to its ability to achieve data redundancies using less storage space than conventional methods



Tackling Big Data with High-Performance Computing

The ongoing challenge for governments occurs when they have data volumes that exceed the capacity of their current IT infrastructure.


Webinar: Security Metrics that Matter

Expanding on his sold-out keynote at Security BSidesSF, join RedSeal CTO, Dr. Mike Lloyd for a webcast focused on the importance of security metrics in your organization.


Intelligent Decisions Wins Cisco Architectural Excellence-Borderless Networks Award

ID Wins Prestigious Award at Cisco Partner Summit 2012 for Innovative Practices, Application Successes, Problem Solving, Sales Approaches, and More


Getting a Better Grip on Mobile Devices

Solutions and strategies for managing both employee-owned and enterprise-owned equipment


Case Study: Tiburon Associates

Challenge: Intermittent email disconnects; network implicated as culprit


Your Network is the New Battlefield

Federal departments and agencies, along with elements of the national critical infrastructure, must take a proactive approach to information and network security in order to combat the ever-increasing multitude of cybersecurity threats.


DataDirect Networks (DDN) Selected to Support NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer

DataDirect Networks today announced that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has selected the DDN SFA™12K™ storage array for archiving data on the upcoming Blue Waters supercomputing system.


CIO’s Guide to Advanced Consolidation: How to Maximize the Data Center of the Future and Consolidate Completely Without Compromise

The benefits of a well-planned and executed consolidation approach can extend beyond cost savings to include improved risk mitigation and efficiently.


Intelligent Decisions Awarded New U.S. Air Force Contract for Delivery of Panasonic Toughbooks to American Bases Worldwide

Toughbooks Provide Rugged Reliability to USAF Technicians on the Flight Line and During Critical Missions with Efficient Management of Maintenance Operations


Mobility is Moving Fast: Prepare for Change

Employee-owned mobile devices are in federal organizations to stay. But the explosion in the numbers and types of mobile devices spawns questions that organizations must address if they are to gain the most benefits possible from employees, their devices and the network.


Next-Generation Provisioning: Take a Fresh Approach to Delivering User Access

This white paper explains why legacy provisioning solutions cannot meet the new user lifecycle management and governance challenges of today’s global organizations.


Cloud Storage with DDN WOS

In this white paper we will explore the WOS solution and how it enables a variety of applications from web content delivery, to Defense Intelligence medical imaging systems, to media and entertainment, among others.


After the Sun Sets: A Pragmatic Approach to Sun Identity Manager Migration

This white paper describes SailPoint’s unique approach to migrating customers from a legacy approach to provisioning to a governance-based approach that is designed and best-suited to address today’s identity management problems.


Intelligent Decisions Features Secure Data Destruction Solution at 2012 GovSec Government Security Conference

Comprehensive ID Solution Destroys Valuable Data in Timely and Secure Manner While Maintaining Key Federal and State Managed Rules and Regulations


Building a Business Case for Identity Management

This paper will help you to demonstrate your project’s potential for delivering real, demonstrable and repeatable ROI to the organization.


Case Study: Federal Railroad Administration

The FRA uses Fiberlink’s Mobile Device Management service to support it’s thousands of remote employees, help control costs and maintain security.


Mobile Device Management: Your Guide to the Essentials and Beyond

This guide describes twelve best practices for Mobile Device Management (MDM).


Intelligent Decisions to Host Third Annual Military Appreciation Night at Verizon Center

ID Will Also Participate in the Washington Wizards Career Fair the Same Day Targeted to Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel Interested in Finding Employment



GTRA Technology Council Meeting

June 24-26, 2012  |  Bedford Springs Resort, PA


The June 2012 GTRA Council Meeting will focus on Technology initiatives, strategies, topics and technologies in a context that is appropriate for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Architects, CISOs, and other Government IT Leaders.



GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting

December 2-4, 2012  |  Bedford Springs Resort, PA


The December 2012 GTRA Council Meeting will focus on Cyber Security initiatives, strategies, topics and technologies in a context that is appropriate for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Architects, CISOs, and other Government IT Leaders.




GovEvents: FREE Searchable Database of Nationwide Government Events

GTRA's Strategic Partner "GovEvents" provides the most comprehensive searchable database of government events being held around the country.



May 20 - 22, 2012

The GITEC Summit is the 2012 “must attend” conference for any government agency responsible for either delivering Shared IT Services or using Shared IT Services. COMPLIMENTARY FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


Ramp Up Your Savings: Measuring the Telework Returns

May 17, 2012 | Live Webinar | 1.00p EST


NASCIO 2012 Midyear Conference

May 8 - 11, 2012  |  Baltimore, MD


EMC World 2012

May 21 - 24, 2012  |  Las Vegas, NV



May 22 - 24, 2012  |  Charleston, SC


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the DR Plan

May 23, 2012  |  Live Webinar | 2.00p EST


Using Big Data Tools to Manage the Deluge of ISR Data

May 31, 2012  |  Live Webinar | 2.00p EST


(ISC)2 Security Congress 2012: Driving Security's Future

September 10-13, 2012  |  Philadelphia, PA


NASCIO 2012 Annual Conference

October 21 - 24, 2012  |  San Diego, CA




Thank you to the GTRA Government Council

for their continued support, time, and

dedication to the Federal IT Community.





Dr. Peter Alterman, Senior Advisor at National Program Office, NIST (Security Council) 

Richard Boe, IT Infrastructure Services Group Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Air Traffic Organization, FAA (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Doreen Cox, Chief Architect, Director, Enterprise Architecture Branch, Office of Information Technology, Customs & Border Protection, DHS (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Mary Forbes, Chief Enterprise Architect, Office of Enterprise Architecture, Office of the Chief Information Officer, HHS (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Ira Grossman, Chief Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Architecture Branch, Office of the Chief Information Officer, FEMA (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Phillip Loranger, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Education (Security Council) 

Brad Nix, Chief Information Security Officer, Food & Nutrition Service, USDA (Security Council)

Ken Rogers, Director, Enterprise Architecture & Strategic Planning, IRM/BPC/EAP, State (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Bobby Smart, Director of Policy and Resources, Chief Architect of the Air Force, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Air Force (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Wolf Tombe, Chief Technology Officer, Customs & Border Protection, DHS (CXO Council)


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