Hello and Happy New Year! This is one of my favorite times of year. I must admit, I am extremely competitive, and love the opportunity to be the first at things. Shortly after midnight, and well into the first week of the year, I am constantly re-using the same joke, “I haven’t done _________ since last year”. Honestly, I use that with the stupidest things, like “I haven’t ordered pizza since last year”. As I read that last sentence I begin to understand the disgusted looks I receive. When I shift the focus from my personal to professional life, it is no secret that I bring that sense of personal competitiveness to the workplace. Thankfully Cisco has rewarded this behavior thus far. Historically this competitive nature has dominated the Cisco landscape, and the Global Certification Team is no exception.
Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from subject matter experts in the various certification programs. They are going to be talking about programs such as USGv6, Common Criteria, and the FIPS 140 crypto validation programs. The team will be expounding on the vast array of Certification firsts at Cisco. Cisco has and will continue to be dedicated to supporting the global Government landscape with the various certification and Security Assurance programs required by our customers.
Cisco has long been a thought leader in the business and technological communities, and what you will see over the next few weeks, is that Cisco has a long history of certification firsts in all of our programs. This is an exciting time and we look forward to continuing to forge the path of Global Public Sector based certifications.
Oh, Happy New Year!!!
As 2011 draws to a close, I am enjoying the holidays, reflecting on 2011, and wondering what 2012 will bring in the New Year.
12 Highlights for 2011
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Tags: Connected Justice, government
The NTSB has stated recently that they would like to ban all use of electronic devices by motorists. I’m not sure that this is really going to have the impact that the NTSB is looking for. On the contrary, I suspect that it will create more of distraction.
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Cloud computing—delivering infrastructure, services, and software on demand via the network—offers attractive advantages to the public sector. For example, it has the potential to reduce information and communications technology (ICT) costs by virtualizing capital assets like disk storage and processing cycles into a readily available, affordable operating expense.
One of the most significant cloud computing opportunities for the public sector is the ability to share ICT resources among multiple agencies. While governments have tried hard to create frameworks geared toward shared services, these have not always been successful. Cloud computing offers an easier and less burdensome route to more efficient and effective public sector information management.
Of course, cloud computing is not without its challenges:
- A service provider residing outside of a government’s legal or territorial jurisdiction may put access or security at risk.
- Open standards and interoperability may not be guaranteed, leading to the risk of vendor lock-in.
- Data privacy is a concern when using public clouds. This can be addressed by the development of private clouds.
- Business continuity will continue to be a concern. Cloud computing, however, may also mitigate this risk, as cloud vendors are likely to use more robust and better-maintained computing platforms that provide more redundancy and are less likely to fail.
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Tags: Cisco, cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud services, IBSG, ICT, private cloud, Public Cloud, public manager, public sector
In case you missed it, you can still watch the National Town Hall for the Next Generation Workplace online.
This 90-minute TeleWebcast features public sector customer best practices from federal, state and local government, and education organizations hosted via Cisco TelePresence in Atlanta, Herndon, Los Angeles, Richardson, San Jose, and Seattle.
Moderator: Steve LeSueur
Contributing Editor, 1105 Government Information Group
Director, Systems and Networks, Mercer University
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, iCollege, National Defense University
Senior Fellow, Telework ExchangeSenior Fellow, Telework Exchange
Chief Technology Officer for Internal Services Department, LA County
Manager of Technology Services, Dallas County Public Schools – Aledo
Senior Systems Administrator, Seattle University
Senior Manager for Desktop Solutions Marketing, VMware
Senior Marketing Manager for Desktop Virtualization, Cisco
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Connected Government, desktop, desktop virtualization, education, government, healthcare, TelePresence, thin client, vdi, Virtualization Experience, VMware, vxi