U.S. federal government

Fear Factor: AI for Cybersecurity?

We asked federal IT managers how they felt about using AI technology to boost their agencies’ cybersecurity. And while the Federal AI IQ Test results revealed that the vast majority agreed that cybersecurity presents the biggest opportunity for AI in the federal government, only 20% of them are “very comfortable” implementing it today. So what […]

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Convergence of Blockchain and Cybersecurity

This is part II of a series. Part I of this blog, “Blockchain Security Assurance,” can be found here. Blockchain technology offers profound opportunities in a myriad of domains, across self-sovereign digital identities, financial services, enterprise asset protection, supply chain risk management, and healthcare IT transformation. Because blockchain technology offers exciting prospects for developing blockchain-based […]

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Is blockchain secure?

For public- and private-sector blockchain initiatives, blockchain technology must contend with technological, governance and regulatory challenges. For all its business transformational values, immutability, distributed transactions, cryptography, provenance, etc., pertinent issues around governance, advocacy, SmartContracts development, and securing blockchain applications at the edges still must be resolved for blockchain to garner mainstream adoption. Part I of […]

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IBM enhances its proprietary Agile courses with ICAgile certifications

Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?” IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that […]

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month calls attention to the widening new collar skills gap

We live in an era in which cyberattacks are increasing in speed and scale, and their effects are growing in severity, range and cost. The fear, uncertainty and real-life implications of these breaches are felt at the individual level – and, like all things of scale, there are macro-level impacts as well. It is estimated […]

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Insights from New Zealand’s “Results” Programme

You can’t solve “horizontal” problems with “vertical” solutions, warns University of Maryland professor Don Kettl. And the country of New Zealand – a forerunner of government reforms – learned that the hard way. Nearly three decades ago, New Zealand pioneered government reforms to make individual single-purpose agencies – a “vertical” solution – more accountable and […]

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Can IGs Successfully Walk a Tightrope?

By John Kamensky along with guest blogger Andrew Fairbanks. By law, agency inspectors general are given a great deal of independence from pressures from both their agencies and Congress. But to be effective, they need to develop positive relationships with both.  Some are more effective than others.  What makes the difference? In January 2015, Michael […]

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