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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.

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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.

Public vs. Private Cloud: 5 Trends to Watch

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.

Many Options to Help Clean Up Your Data

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.

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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.