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CIO Masters Series: David Wilde, CIO of Essex County Council

A look at the work and vision of David Wilde, CIO of England's Essex County Council, who is a leader in public-sector IT innovation.

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In Nice attack, government's official terror alert comes too late

"Take cover," the French government warned people in Nice via its official terror alert app, hours after the immediate danger had passed.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

The U.S. government is trying to improve the recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals.

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The payoff from a rigorous software selection

With major software purchases, the key to maximizing success is preparation. Even if you already know what software you want, there are still numerous benefits to a rigorous evaluation & selection. And maybe the favored software is...

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AWS, Microsoft cloud win US government security approval

Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that will allow federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on the cloud-computing services.

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Will government ‘IT special forces’ put CIO role in jeopardy?

As new units of IT experts take shape across departments and agencies to advance high-priority projects, lawmakers and a government watchdog warn that CIO authorities must be preserved.

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Russian hackers breach DNC computers, steal data on Trump

Russian government hackers managed to breach the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and stole opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Iron Man meets Aquaman as Navy turns to augmented reality

Scientists with the U.S. Navy are working to develop an augmented reality display for divers' helmets.

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Federal CIOs need help with legacy-to-cloud transition

Government IT leaders stress value in private-sector partnerships, repeatable contracting provisions as they look to incremental modernization strategies.

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U.S. CIO aims to cut legacy spending, proposes IT modernization

With three-quarters of all government IT spending going to support legacy systems, administration is seeking to borrow a page from private sector with a dedicated modernization fund.

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State Dept. IT staff told to keep quiet about Clinton’s server

Two IT staff members who raised concerns about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were told not speak of it, according to the Inspector General's report released today.

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Not dead yet: 7 of the oldest federal IT systems still wheezing away

From an IBM Series/1 and floppy drives to COBOL and Assembly languages, old federal systems never die.

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US government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

A secret FBI hacking tool, used to compromise the Tor anonymous browser in one investigation, is facing challenges from criminal defendants, perhaps putting its future in doubt.

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U.S. House of Representatives bans Yahoo Mail and Google App Engine over malware concerns

The IT department of the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked access to Yahoo Mail and the Google App Engine platform due to malware threats.

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5 years into the ‘cloud-first policy’ CIOs still struggling

Government tech chiefs see challenges in management and ownership aspects of cloud contracts, while security concerns persist.

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Google, carmakers join forces to speed self-driving car adoption

Google's Alphabet company has formed a lobbying group with Ford, Volvo and other carmakers to press the U.S. government on regulations to help move the self-driving car industry to market.

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