AZ Central: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Investigators can now probe Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites as a part of background checks for security clearances - something that lawmakers said Friday was a classic case of the government playing catch-up with technology.
As federal IT organizations make progress consolidating and
modernizing their IT infrastructures, the impact of legacy
platforms, technologies and traditional data centers still
weighs heavy, along with each agency’s ability to attract
and maintain the skill sets and applications needed to meet
21st century requirements.
Because agencies typically spend 80 percent of IT budgets
managing legacy systems and only 20 percent on new
technology -- the more agencies can adopt agile application
development methods, the faster they will increase
efficiency and improve performance. Agility in software
development requires keeping code...
IT and security managers in the federal government—like
their private sector counterparts—are facing daunting
challenges when it comes to safeguarding data throughout
Trends such as the increased use of cloud platforms and
mobile technology, along with the growing sophistication of
attacks launched by hackers...
As traditional network perimeters surrounding data centers
dissolve, agencies face enormous difficulties fending off
attacks using a patchwork of traditional security tools to
protect classified or personally identifiable information
Time and again, traditional security practices have proven
porous and/or unsustainable. This is why public sector
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