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Cloud Success Requires Embracing Federal Compliance

It’s no secret that federal agencies are increasingly adopting or at least “dipping a toe” into the cloud computing pool. Private and public cloud environments offer agencies the opportunity to reduce costs, increase agility, and improve flexibility to meet their mission-critical objectives. However, concerns over the security and control of data are two major reasons many agencies aren’t moving to the cloud. In fact, a new Cisco-sponsored survey found that security topped federal IT leaders’ wish list when it comes to evaluating cloud service providers, with 69 percent rating it as a critical characteristic.

Cisco is a longtime leader in not only following, but embracing the government certification and accreditation processes. Common Criteria, FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) are all critical evaluation programs that facilitate the implementation of new technologies. That’s not to say government regulations aren’t complex. In fact, Cisco has a team dedicated to managing global government certifications. But without these standards in place, our continued advancement of military and civilian operations would cease to exist at the federal level. Read More »

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#InternetofEverything – Where Connections and Value Intersect

The evolution of the Internet is a combination of integrative factors that improve connectivity, create networked economies and build immersive experiences to create an increasingly connected world known as the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE brings together people, processes, data and things through networked connections. These connections offer value by turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunities. Read More »

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Navigating the Journey to the Cloud

Over the years, cloud computing has been at the center of emerging trends including big data, mobility, security and Internet of Things (IoT). Today’s cloud hosting technology feature capabilities such as rapid elasticity, resource pooling and on-demand self-service. Cloud providers are offering customers the ability to consume theses services with flexible service level agreements. Across government, agencies are more empowered than ever to select, implement and utilize these capabilities to efficiently deliver citizen services and transform the business of government.

However, there are important questions about costs and capabilities that cloud adoptees must answer when creating their strategy and choosing their provider.

  1. What does it cost to deploy the services? What are the costs of the onboarding, and potentially, the off-boarding processes?
  2. Do the cloud service capabilities align with the problem that you’re trying to solve?
  3. Is the cloud provider capable of delivering the specific services and analytical tools your agency needs?

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Celebrating our Heroes on Veterans Day

We thank all of those serving or who have served in the U.S. military.

We live freely today because of your sacrifice. CSR_veterans_1114

The holiday season has always been a time for family and gratitude. And it is fitting that we thank and honor our Veterans at the beginning of this season. We are humbled by your loyalty and the sacrifices you have made for our liberties, and privileged to work alongside you. The legacy you leave in the wake of your service inspires us all.

Our veterans have helped shape this country’s past and they are the heroes who safeguard our future. And while expressions of gratitude are admirable and appreciated, we must all do more to support their transition back into civilian life.

 

Here are a few great ways you can support our veterans:

  • Green Beret Foundation – The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of our fallen brothers.
  • Operation Homefront – Operation Homefront offers financial and food assistance, repairs, and help to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
  • Wounded Warrior – The Wounded Warrior Project helps raise awareness and enlists public aid for the needs of injured service members. It also helps injured service members assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

We hope that you will take the time to research these organizations and find ways to become more involved. This season has only just begun; and in the midst of all our holidays and celebrations, let us think of those who have served this country. Here at Cisco, we encourage all our employees to pledge their support and donate to a mission—we hope you do the same.

To all the veterans, we remain forever indebted to your sacrifice and we honor your service. We will never forget your unwavering commitment and heroism.

Happy Veterans Day.

 

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Mobile Public Safety: Connections on the Job

Public safety agencies continually strive to improve their effectiveness and responsiveness to incidents in their jurisdictions. With increased attention on homeland security programs, these agencies demand better interdepartmental and interagency communications with important personnel, including police officers and first responders in the field.

Mobile applications supporting police, fire, and medical response units have transitioned from simple text and voice to rich multimedia applications. Real-time video, maps with satellite imagery, Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking, and global database searches are now available in handheld devices that first responders carry with them in the field. In today’s technological sphere, public safety agencies are leveraging these new capabilities and extending their existing applications in order to enhance the efficiency and delivery of high-quality services. Read More »

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