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Open Source is Safe, But Not Risk Free
Open Source software depends on crowd-sourcing security. And though it’s up to system owners to seek out and employ each fix as rapidly as possible studies show some vulnerabilities can remain unpatched for years.
Embracing open source software may save money and time, but at a cost: Users may have to change processes. IT departments have to take over maintenance chores that might otherwise be the province of a vendor. But with vibrant user communities, many open source solutions are every bit as good – and sometimes better – than commercial alternatives.
Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives.
For organizations looking to make sense of their data, the first step is to ensure the data are managed well – are consistent, accurate and that rules are in force to keep users from doing anything to undermine data integrity. But whether you’re trying to ensure data quality going forward or clean up a whole history of sloppy data, the choices in the marketplace can be bewildering.
What We’re Reading
A recent rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save lives in the wireless age. But few states or localities have the financial means to pay for it on their own.
The breach of a Department of Labor database system may have exposed personally identifiable information on job seekers throughout 10 states.
The First Responder Network Authority will not award the contract for its nationwide broadband public safety network on Nov. 1 as anticipated, CEO Mike Poth said.
Advanced analytics and predictive modeling top the list of technologies government is watching, according to a new report.
People are living longer across America. In fact, the senior population is expected to climb to 83 million by 2050, according to the real-time aging population clock, which illustrates this growth in the U.S. and how often a person turns 65.
The secrecy around problems with 911 systems highlights their strange role as a critical lifeline to police and fire departments, but one that is almost entirely run by private companies.
In an effort led by Utah, final details will soon be ironed out on a cooperative agreement that represents a clear path to cloud services for more than 30 states.
Cities are pilot-testing analytics to support decision-making and to drive better outcomes from the increasing amounts of data they collect and use.
In recent years states have rushed to regulate how student data can be used by school systems and education technology companies. Now some are considering whether parents should be able to decide how their children’s data is used.