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Whitepaper: Mastering Risk with "Data-Driven GRC"

Today’s emerging risk landscape is rapidly changing. Risk now has the attention of top executives because it can shift quickly and emerge in entirely new forms. As a result, government organizations are acknowledging a need to provide more risk coverage at lower cost (measured in both time and currency), which is driving re-inventions of methodology and technology applications in the risk landscape.

eBook: How to combat government fraud, waste and abuse:
A focus on government programs

It’s no secret that *fraud, waste and abuse in all levels of governments is a problem*—and a big one. To some extent it is not surprising. Just think about the sheer number of different types of entitlement, healthcare and grant programs that exist at federal, state/provincial and local levels. Not to mention the complexity of the eligibility rules surrounding them. Trillions of dollars of payments are made to hundreds of millions of recipients. And similar size sums are collected from similar numbers of taxpayers. Inevitably, mistakes will be made. Just as inevitably, some people are going to abuse the system and make fraudulent claims and evade taxes.

eBook: What you don’t know can hurt you:
Mining government data to fix issues, validate business processes, mitigate risk and improve financial statement reporting

Governments face unprecedented challenges today. To navigate this era of increased accountability under reduced resources, you are expected to focus relentlessly on operational efficiency, cost effectiveness, productivity, service and innovation.

How to combat government fraud, waste and abuse

It is no secret that government bodies around the world face an enormous problem in fraud, waste, and abuse, often taking place within government programs such as unemployment insurance, healthcare, and social security. Others take place within major contract procurement systems for the military, transportation infrastructure, and education. *Improper payments can occur in a wide range of ways and in the vast majority of systems*

eBook: The government finance leader’s guide to balancing risk and performance

As a government finance leader, you have two big responsibilities: *ensuring the integrity of public funds and protecting the reputation of your organization*. Your role is fundamentally about maximizing the value of public funds, preventing fraud, promoting long-term economic stability and ensuring the public has financial transparency into your organization.

Invisible Data Center Infrastructure

To better understand the benefits of invisible data center infrastructure, think about the evolution of currency. In the past, we primarily relied on cash for monetary transactions. But you can only carry so much cash at one time – wallets and pockets are only so deep. And changing exchange rates for different currencies presented another frustrating and time-consuming obstacle.

Cloud First, but Not Always

There is a lot to consider when planning a cloud strategy as it is not always the right option for government agencies.  Some applications should be moved to the cloud earlier, some can reasonably be deferred, while others may never need to be in the cloud.

Whitepaper: The 7 dangers of document based auditing

The use of word documents and spreadsheets as the primary vehicles for capturing and documenting governance, risk, and compliance procedures is often the go-to solution. But, it significantly impedes the ability for business units to work efficiently, expedite quality assurance processes, maintain durable data integrity, and deliver meaningful data insights. With new processes and technology, this situation has improved, but only marginally, as many technology solutions effectively take relevant, necessary information and turn it into “dark data”. 

E-Signatures: How to improve service, reduce cost and increase auditability in government

If you are interested in learning how the US Army, GSA, State of Vermont, USDA and others have improved efficiency, contained cost and increased auditability with e-signatures, this Guide is for you. This ebook gives an introduction to electronic signatures for all levels of government and how the technology is transforming government processes.

Unlock the Power of Now

Data storage is a constant balancing act for most organizations. Underestimate your needs and day-to-day performance can be severely hampered but buy too much capacity and you can tie up valuable capital.

Can you weather the storm of a cyber attack?

For most organizations, the question is not if a data breach will occur but when. In 2016, 4,149 data breaches were reported, exposing an all-time high of roughly 4.3 billion records.

eBook: Five Reasons You Should Be Thinking Flash

All-Flash storage is transforming storage architecture and revolutionizing the enterprise data center. And, with prices dropping fast, Flash is now in easy reach of agencies under tight budget constraints.

Expand Capabilities and Push Boundaries – Without Risk.

Red River and Dell EMC can help you reimagine the possibilities with leading-edge technology services and expertise in our Innovation Center in Austin, TX.  A sandbox environment for testing, development, training and integration, the secure lab environment enables every application, technology and business function to be fully vetted, without the cost of infrastructure or staff.

The Next Generation Data Center

Now is the time to ensure your data center is optimized with the latest technologies and a flexible financial model that fits your organization's changing needs. ViON has partnered with DELL EMC and Nutanix to provide exactly what you need, when you need it.  With our Data Center as-a-Service, you get the latest technology and highest level of service and support accelerate your modernization efforts and reduce costs.  

IDC: Nutanix Delivering Strong Value as a Cost-Effective, Efficient, Scalable Platform for Enterprise Applications

IDC interviewed 11 organizations about their experiences running various enterprise workloads on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform (Nutanix) solutions. These interviews revealed that the study participants are realizing significant value with Nutanix as a cost-effective, efficient, and business-enabling IT platform built on hyperconverged infrastructure. IDC calculates that study participants will achieve average annual benefits of $4.24 million per organization ($51,077 per 100 users), which would result in a five-year return on investment (ROI) of 534%, because Nutanix:

City of Redmond Moves Up to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

Keith Laycock and Simrat Sekhon are network systems engineers for the City of Redmond. They are responsible for managing the City’s networking and server infrastructure and operations. “There were a lot of moving components in our previous environment,” explained Laycock. “We were using HPE servers, VMware for virtualization, Brocade switches for the SAN traffic, and NetApp storage. Trying to maintain all of that disparate infrastructure was a nightmare.”

TCO Analysis Comparing Private and Public Cloud Solutions for Running Enterprise Workloads Using the 5Cs Framework

Is your agency in the midst of a digital transformation journey? Are you assessing the value your agency is able to extract from data? Is there a new executive mandate to embrace data-driven decision making? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your agency is among the majority of those in the midst of looking for agile, reliable, and flexible infrastructure to support your digital transformation initiatives in a cost-efficient manner. Organizations are looking for a structured methodology to help decide the right deployment model and location that helps accelerate their pace of innovation, improve customer experience, and gain competitive edge. IDC recommends using a holistic approach to determine deployment location for applications to meet enterprise SLAs.

2017 Email Fraud Report

ValiMail’s analysis of the most popular 1 million global domains shows that most domain owners have not attempted to implement fraud protection through the latest and most complete form of protection, DMARC.  Of those that have attempted only 23 percent are actually achieving protection from fraud.

Public Safety & Social Media
Public Records Policies & Best Practices

Regardless of how your public safety agency plans to use social media, there are two things to keep in mind. The first is that using social media for public safety is not traditional. Social media is an open and instant means of communication, but it is also subject to higher standards and internal policies. What passes for simple commentary in the “civilian world,” could lead to heavy scrutiny and disciplinary action by agency leaders when the same comment is made by a public employee.

Bringing you the ultimate Cloud solution

When it comes to cloud solutions, typically you have to decide what’s more important: security or flexibility. But in today’s world you need to be nimble to drive innovation and respond to the needs of the business, and guard against ever-increasing threats.

The Public Sector Guide to Social Media Strategy & Policy

The widespread adoption of social media across public agencies is creating new possibilities for public outreach and media relationships. But to be heard above the noise on social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter requires a smart strategy and thoughtful policies.

What you don’t know can hurt you: Mining government data to fix issues, validate business processes, mitigate risk and improve financial statement reporting

Abstract: Governments face unprecedented challenges today. To navigate this era of increased accountability under reduced resources, you are expected to focus relentlessly on operational efficiency, cost effectiveness, productivity, service and innovation.

How to combat government fraud, waste and abuse: A focus on government programs

It’s no secret that fraud, waste and abuse in all levels of governments is a problem—and a big one. To some extent it is not surprising. Just think about the sheer number of different types of entitlement, healthcare and grant programs that exist at federal, state/provincial and local levels. Not to mention the complexity of the eligibility rules surrounding them. Trillions of dollars of payments are made to hundreds of millions of recipients. And similar size sums are collected from similar numbers of taxpayers. Inevitably, mistakes will be made. Just as inevitably, some people are going to abuse the system and make fraudulent claims and evade taxes.

Whitepaper: Mastering Risk with “Data-Driven GRC”

Today’s emerging risk landscape is rapidly changing. Risk now has the attention of top executives because it can shift quickly and emerge in entirely new forms. As a result, government organizations are acknowledging a need to provide more risk coverage at lower cost (measured in both time and currency), which is driving re-inventions of methodology and technology applications in the risk landscape.

The Public Sector Guide to Text Messaging Policy and Retention

Learn the practical steps that will help your organization develop a text message policy and retention strategy to protect against the risk involved with use of this popular, universal form of communication. It also outlines smart text records management practices so you’ll be better prepared to respond to open records requests or other e-discovery needs when they arise.

The DMARC Challenge for Federal Agencies

Combining original research and actionable advice this report contains:

Healthcare Just Got More Secure

While most healthcare organizations recognize that networked medical devices can revolutionize patient care, they often lack the resources and expertise needed to secure their devices. But with Red River, healthcare organizations don’t have to worry about threat detection. Instead, they can focus on what they know best—the patients.

Reducing the burden of FOIA

Responding to open records requests comes with the territory when you work for a government agency. Unfortunately, many struggle with compiling and producing the requested information in a timely manner. In this three-part series, Smarsh provides you with knowledge to help reduce the burden of responding to record requests, and to stay compliant with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state and local open records laws.

Public Safety Departments & Text Messaging
Simplify Public Records with Policies and Procedures

Text messaging for business purposes is on the rise. In fact, 80 percent of respondents from a 2015 Instantly/RingCentral study are using text messaging for business purposes, and 15 percent said more than half of their texts are sent or received for business purposes.1 Although text messaging is the most popular cell phone feature, there are certain guidelines and considerations that public safety agencies should be aware of when allowing employees to communicate by text. One such consideration is the role text messages could play in open records requests, eDiscovery, and litigious events.

5 Actions to take for an Airtight Mobile Use Strategy in Government

Enable text messaging and reduce your organization’s legal and open-records risk around mobile communications.

Lessons in Archiving for Public Sector Agencies

In this three-part e-book, Don DeLoach, former Chief Information Officer for City of Tallahassee and consultant to local government firms, walks public sector organizations through the key elements needed to respond quickly and accurately to open records requests: identifying what information needs to be retained and archived, best practices and procedures for retaining communications, finding and implementing an automated solution, and the important roles stakeholders play in the records response process.

eBook: Five Reasons You Should Be Thinking Flash

All-Flash storage is transforming storage architecture and revolutionizing the enterprise data center. And, with prices dropping fast, Flash is now in easy reach of agencies under tight budget constraints.

A Faster Path to Cloud

With VSPEX and Red River, nothing stands in the way of the cost savings, extreme flexibility and opportunities for innovation that Cloud provides. The latest eBook from the experts at Red River charts a faster path to Cloud with Dell-EMC VSPEX Cloud architectures and hyper-converged infrastructure.   This eBook will show you how to:

Build Your Cloud Strategy with Confidence

Organizations are under immense pressure to get to the cloud now. But with tight budgets, limited resources and concerns about security and control, cloud remains out of reach for many.  

The Real Costs of Building vs. Buying Data Analytics Capabilities

Companies that leverage big data analytics outperform their competitors by 20% or more and big data can help businesses realize a potential increase of 60% operating margins. But what’s the best way to efficiently add these capabilities? Compare the benefits of building or buying your data analytics solution to determine which option best fits your needs in the new whitepaper from the experts at ViON and IBM.  The paper evaluates all the factors associated with this decision that impact your organization including:

Public Sector Text Messaging Scandals and 3 Major Tips to Avoid Them

Being in the public eye is difficult. Just ask any celebrity. Everything they do or say can cause quite the stir, and anything they do serves as fodder for the court of public opinion. Similar rules and judgment—befalls employees of local and state government agencies. The only difference is their public notoriety often comes on the back of an embarrassing scandal. Download this guide to examine 3 recent government text message scandals, and proactive ways to avoid them.

The Government Social Media Survival Guide

For public sector organizations, interacting with the community is an absolute necessity. Social media not only makes it easy to communicate instantly ─ it can also establish your agency as a go-to resource for news, alerts, and emergency instructions.

3 Ways Text Messaging Exposes Government Organizations to Massive Risk

Texting is simple, concise and compatible with virtually every mobile device, operating system and wireless carrier—making it extremely accessible when a government official or employee wants to communicate with staff or community members in a time-crunched world. But even though text is easy, reliable and intuitive—if it’s used for official business communications, it can create tremendous risk.

Reach New Heights with Red River and FlexPod® for Cloud

Cloud computing and virtualization offer powerful benefits, but they are complex undertakings that can rain on any organization or agency’s plans. There is a silver lining: Red River knows Cloud.
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A Natural Evolution: From Data Center Consolidation to IT Optimization

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.

VIEWPOINT: Solving IOT & Big Data Demands

Open the door to the massive data sets Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT) initiatives entail and you’ll likely swamp your established systems. Find out how you can move Big Data and IOT plans forward in this new ViewPoint from the experts at Red River and Fujitsu. You’ll learn how to:

4 Ways to Reduce Records Challenges with Automation

Responding to records requests is time consuming, can drain your personnel resources, and failing to respond quickly may open your agency up to litigation.

Viewpoint: Empower Network Protection, Intel & Visibility

Traditional network defenses are failing. They can’t defend against insider threats and don’t deliver the lateral visibility you need to see and respond to anomalies real-time. Red River is solving this problem for government agencies with StealthWatch.

Data Driven Government

This paper outlines a way forward in the journey to a data-driven government. Although the principles apply to all agencies, the focus of this paper is the government agencies responsible for revenue collection and distribution of social benefits.

Modernize and Simplify with Unity!

EMC is a global leader in enabling government agencies to redefine their operations and deliver IT as a service (ITaaS). Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect, and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted, and cost-efficient way.

Flash Decisions: Which Solution is Right for You?

Once available only to those with big budgets, Flash storage is now well within reach of most organizations and offers tremendous speed and capacity advantages. But with so many Flash options, it’s difficult to discern which solutions are right for you.

eBook: A Faster Path to Cloud

With VSPEX and Red River, nothing stands in the way of the cost savings, extreme flexibility and opportunities for innovation that Cloud provides. The latest eBook from the experts at Red River charts a faster path to Cloud with EMC VSPEX Cloud architectures and hyper-converged infrastructure.

eBook: Realizing the Full Potential of the Software-Defined Data Center

Why stop at virtualizing servers and storage? By virtualizing the network with VMware NSX networking virtualization platform, organizations can institute the third pillar of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), move to next-generation networking and enable many of the benefits they’re already seeing by virtualizing compute and storage.

Data Analytics for Federal Healthcare eBook: Alleviating Pressure with Insight and Intelligence

Government healthcare agencies are under tremendous pressure to provide better patient care and manage sophisticated security threats as well as complex IT infrastructure – All while pinned down by strict budget limitations and compliance mandates.

Flash Decisions: Which Solution is Right for You?

Once available only to those with big budgets, Flash storage is now well within reach of most organizations and offers tremendous speed and capacity advantages. But with so many Flash options, it’s difficult to discern which solutions are right for you.
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Growing Government Cyber Intelligence (ebook)

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 (PII).

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