Alma Cole, until recently the chief systems security officer of Customs and Border Protection--now a vice president at Robbins-Gioia--said the problem of good patch management has shifted from applying Microsoft operating system updates. "The Microsoft patches are not the problem anymore, and it's not what's been attacked as much, anymore," he said, adding that third party applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash and Java are more often now the site of patching problems.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has migrated the millionth user to its Microsoft enterprise email solution, making the offering "one of the largest independent email systems on the globe," agency officials told reporters in a March 13 presser. DISA charges $39.64 annually for each account, which comes with 4 gigabytes of storage, said Alfred Rivera, DISA principal director of enterprise services.
The rate of malware infections in signatory countries of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime tends to be lower than otherwise expected, finds newly released research from Microsoft that examines links between policy and computer infections. Countries with lower-than-predicted rates of computer infections, as measured by a model using statistics culled from use of the Microsoft anti-malware utility installed on Windows operating system machines, also have drastically lower levels of software piracy, Microsoft researchers say in a report to be released Feb. 6.
Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT ) says the licenses will cover nearly three quarters of all DoD personnel. The deal was made via Microsoft reseller Insight Public Sector and includes Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and Windows 8. The company will work with the military services to roll out standard configurations of its latest operating system, it also says.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.
The Veterans Affairs Department will move all of its 600,000 employees to a cloud-based email, messaging and calendar system over the next five years, says Hewlett-Packard in a Nov. 13 press release. The transition will begin with an initial group of 15,000 people.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The rise of low-cost, peer-to-peer transactions facilitated by the Internet presents challenges for privacy, yet regulation of it may be difficult due to the First Amendment, said Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard law professor. He spoke Nov. 9 at a symposium on privacy and technology held by the Harvard Law Review .
In an annual assessment (.pdf) dated Oct. 24 of the DHS information security program required under the Federal Information Security Management Act, auditors note several areas where DHS has yet to fully automate matters, including the tracking of network devices, external connections and software applications.
The Environmental Protection Agency has contracted with Lockheed Martin and Microsoft to move about 25,000 employees to a cloud-based email service by early 2013, the companies say in a joint Oct. 31 announcement.
Half a million Army email accounts now reside on a Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT ) email client hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency in a private cloud, the agency announced Aug. 20."We are well on our way," said Michael Kreiger, Army deputy chief information officer/G-6, in a DISA statement.