State & Local

Can Micro Certifications Match Government’s Real-World Needs?

Certifications have become the standard to prove one’s knowledge of a set of skills. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 73 percent of federal agencies require their IT staff members to hold information security certifications. To stay abreast of rapid technological change, micro certifications, which provide shorter, more focused specialized training on a specific skill set needed for a given job, might be as just effective but less costly and time-consuming.

Read More

What’s New

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.

Open Source Software Carries Hidden Costs

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.

What We’re Reading

Attacks, Crashes Underscore Need For New 911 Systems

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.