Sarah Giordano

April 3, 2012
Technically Speaking: It’s All in a NIEM premium
We are excited to announce the launch of Technically Speaking, DLT’s new podcast series dedicated to providing IT information to our public sector customers in an easy, listen-as-you-go format. TS will cover a variety of topics ranging from government IT initiatives to new products and solutions to any other topics that YOU would like to see discussed.
October 31, 2011
Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility premium
We are approaching the end of national “Cyber Security Awareness Month,” so let’s take a look at some top cybersecurity tips we should all adhere to:
September 28, 2011
Spreading the Word on Cyber Attacks premium
“It's not the loud pronouncements by hacking groups or the highly visible denial-of-service attacks that scare cybersecurity experts. It's silence,” claims a recent Federal Times article. The article “Programs aim to get the word out when cyber attacks occur” brings light to the idea that one of the greatest tools against cyber attackers is the “relatively low-tech approach of sharing information about attacks.” The article continues on about a push for disclosure, explaining that the DoD has put forth ideas for a new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule. The proposed DFARS rule would require contractors to provide “adequate security”, report cyber incidents within 72 hours, and review their networks to search for additional attack information. As always, the issue of cost tops the concerns about this communication technique. Not only would there be increased costs for the companies providing the “adequate security”, but government resources would have to be tapped in order to provide data analysis and enforcement of any resulting mandates.
September 12, 2011
Government Cloud Pushback premium
A recent New York Times article spells out the issues around federal cloud computing adoption explaining “such high praise for new Internet technologies may be common in Silicon Valley, but it is rare in the federal government, where concerns about security are paramount”. Agencies are notably concerned about losing responsibility for managing and securing data as well as the possibility of cloud outages. However, there are agencies with fewer concerns about security breaches and they have been busy moving user accounts and email services to the cloud environment. For example, the Agriculture Department has already moved about 46,000 employee accounts and is in the process of adding another 120,000. NASA has also made the migration by launching their own internal Nebula cloud computing platform. This platform provides a range of services powerful enough to manage all of NASA’s large-scale scientific data sets.
August 22, 2011
Shakin’ IT up at Innovation Nation 2011 premium
It is already the second half of August and we are quickly approaching a busy conference time for DLT. Up-coming events will take DLT all over the country, but some of the best are local ones happening just down the road. The annual Innovation Nation Forum, hosted by MeriTalk, will take place Tuesday, August 23 at the Washington Convention Center. Aiming to “Shake IT Up,” Innovation Nation will focus on three Federal IT hot topics- cloud computing, cybersecurity and data center consolidation.
August 22, 2011
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing: Securing the Cloud premium
DLT’s Chief Cloud Technologist David Blankenhorn touches on all of the basics in this Securing the Cloud webcast - the concerns, the cautions, the considerations, but he also discusses how trust and an understanding of responsibilities play into the mix. Check out this clip for an overview of what responsibilities fall on the agency versus the provider.
July 20, 2011
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing: Platform-as-a-Service premium
“If you are waiting until the market settles before making decisions, you are going to be waiting a long, long time.” (According to DLT’s CTO Van Ristau, in a recent Platform-as-a-Service webcast) Gartner, a third party analyst of the IT market, published a statement that by the end of 2011, the battle for leadership in Platform-as-a-Service and key PaaS segments will engulf the software industry. This particular segment of the cloud computing is moving very fast and there is a lot of competition- always a healthy thing for end users. Cloud providers are constantly delivering new or expanded PaaS offerings, and the market doesn’t seem to be settling anytime soon. If you are considering adopting a PaaS strategy, it is time to investigate the different offerings available, get your development teams involved, and begin using these services. Of course, by the time all of that happens in your agency, solutions offerings may have changed again! But, it’s better to figure out what you want, what you need and what’s out there in the market.
July 12, 2011
The Public Sector: Understanding a Transforming Market premium
DLT recently participated in DLT recently participated in the XChange Public Sector conference that which brought together leading analysts to focus on opportunities in the public sector community, including new products, services and solutions, as well as insight from leading industry speakers. The opening session, presented by speaker William Eggers, focused on the impact of changing federal and state IT initiatives on public sector integrators and vendors. These vendors have been challenged to develop programs to meet the evolving needs of the government customers. Eggers discussed his research findings on why some big government initiatives succeed while others fail, and drove home the key point that successful programs have elements that can be replicated. These elements act as a type of map to “systemic barriers to success” that are built into challenging programs. One program mandate that can’t be avoided is the migration to cloud computing. The federal government has a major interest in making that switch, even though the adoption process is slow-going. DLT’s CTO Van Ristau participated in a panel discussion about this during the Federal Cloud Session: Drilling Down into the Federal Market. The discussion aimed to provide insight into cloud computing initiatives that emphasize a push to reduce infrastructure costs, speed application development, reduce complexity, and shrink the energy and real estate footprint of federal IT activities.
July 7, 2011
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing: Infrastructure-as-a-Service premium
To have a public cloud or not to have a public cloud- that is the question. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) comes with many choices for the customer, and deciding whether or not to make virtualized data centers public or private, is one of the largest ones faced by government agencies. In this clip from the Cloud Advisory Group’s webcast on IaaS, CTO Van Ristau provides some insight into determining your IaaS needs.
July 5, 2011
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing: Software-as-a-Service premium
Rapid elasticity, measured service, multi-tenant applications…if these features make visions of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) dance in your head, then you are in the right place. And if it just brings confusion, have no fear-you too are in the right place! During the second installment of the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing webcast series, the DLT Cloud Advisory Group talked “SaaS” and lots of it. Beginning with an overview of the basics, CTO Van Ristau delves into a complete evaluation of different solutions available with this deployment model. But what really is the difference between SaaS and PaaS and IaaS you ask? Watch this exclusive video of Van explaining just that.