Windows XP remained the most prevalent desktop operating system within the Homeland Security Department as of March 2013, according to an internal assessment of component compliance with the federal security configuration baseline.
The UK government wants to adopt more open source technology and is too tied to proprietary software programs such as Microsoft Office, said Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude while speaking at a conference in London Jan. 29.
The Justice Department agreed to somewhat loosen restrictions on surveillance reports made public by Internet companies in response to a lawsuit filed by tech giants, including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
A study by Microsoft based on data from its operating system-bundled anti-malware utility finds that the global prevalence of malware infections typically correlates as an inverse to countries' socioeconomic status, but that the relationship isn't necessarily linear.
The extent to which governments can compel digital and telecommunication services providers to hand over data has become the source of renewed controversy since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked a trove of classified documents to media outlets earlier this year.
The General Services Administration released a request for quotation (.docx) for its SmartBUY Large Publisher program, which the agency says will allow the government to save 15-20 percent off of commercial prices for Microsoft software.
Army Chief Information Office and G6 Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence is leaving her position, posting a final message online on Oct. 1. Lawrence's tenure saw the service migrating to a departmentwide Microsoft Exchange cloud solution for email--an effort that wasn't without challenge, leading Lawrence in August 2011 to announce an operational pause. "We uncovered some pretty nasty stuff," said Lawrence at the time, citing an unorganized network as the primary culprit for the delay
National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Patrick Gallagher again defended his agency's collaboration with the National Security Agency over cybersecurity standards development.
Google and Microsoft are suing the federal government for permission to publish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests the companies receive. However, recent negotiations between the tech giants and the Justice Department haven't resolved the legal battle, according to a Microsoft blog post.
Defense Department auditors are faulting a Navy Department enterprise license agreement for Microsoft Software for accepting license terms they say weren't in the best interest of the department.