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Drupal-based Defense-in-depth Strategy Protects Data [August 28, 2014]

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Government Computer News

By Todd Akers

In medieval times, an intricate combination of towers, drawbridges, city walls, moats and harbors protected castles from all fronts. This intricate system provided an effective and layered defense from potential threats.

As the federal government seeks ways to contain and manage massive influxes of data, IT managers are taking pages out of the medieval defense rulebook by adopting “defense-in-depth” strategies that use complex, multi-layered approaches to information security. With defense-in-depth, federal IT managers use holistic strategies to analyze and identify potential threat vectors, including internal and external threats. In the process, they can secure their defenses as if they were leading the king’s protection forces.

Federal IT managers are practicing defense-in-depth while using open source software like Drupal for web development and content management. In fact, hundreds of federal sites – all of which demand a high level of security – are powered by Drupal.

Drupal offers a firm foundation for the strategy, specifically because it uses open source software that enjoys the support of a global community. This includes tens of thousands of users who regularly engage in peer reviews and vulnerability scanning, resulting in increased reliability and strengthening of core APIs and mitigation of common vulnerabilities. Further, the software is backed by a global team of some of the world’s leading web security experts who are always on-call and available to assess, evaluate and address issues.

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Digital Government 2014: The Two-Year Progress Report

Undefined

On May 23, 2012, the Obama Administration launched the Digital Government Strategy, an effort to improve the way that agencies utilize digital tools and data to improve services for the American people. The strategy builds upon four principles: Information-Centric, Shared Platform, Customer-Centric, and Security and Privacy. Two years later, government agencies vary in their progress toward many of the goals set forth in the Digital Government Strategy.

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DrupalGov Canberra 2014 and the push for Drupal in Australian Government

There was some exciting news announced last week as the Australian government said it was strongly considering replatforming on Drupal, potentially replacing 1200 websites used across the board of the commonwealth. The reasons for the move are accredited to lower costs, better responsive capabilities, security and accessibility compliance and the ability to leverage a massive, innovative open source ecosystem.

Top 3 Challenges Facing Public Sector Intranets

All intranet efforts start out with the best intentions. Organizations envision an information hub for their community made up of easy to find websites that are simple to create and maintain. A one-stop shop for all their information needs, if you will. Many of these efforts fail, causing the end users to shudder at the mere mention of such an attempt again. And for government organizations, there are additional challenges when creating an intranet as part of a Digital Government Strategy.

And now appearing on G-Cloud!

g-cloud.pngAcquia services are now available on G-Cloud. And we’re excited. It got me thinking how far we’ve come in many ways. But how long is the journey before the provisioning of cloud services within the public sector is as slick as it should be and creates the transformation that everyone wants to see?

5 Ways Drupal is Like Public Transportation

I love public transportation. I happily ride Washington D.C.’s Metro to and from work every day. I take the bus to yoga. I think transit maps are art. I share photos, via Twitter and Facebook, of the outrageous things transit riders do. I am a public transportation enthusiast.

Why Healthcare.gov Had a Troubled Debut [Oct. 17, 2013]

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
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As millions flocked to healthcare.gov to research insurance options and sign up for plans under the Affordable Care Act, many experienced major issues with the site — problems that have only increased in the two weeks since the site opened for business...

Todd Akers, vice president of public sector at Acquia, said when rolling out projects of this scale, it is crucial to ensure there’s a defined goal.

“Having a strong relationship with the development team will mean the best possible outcome for the project,” he said. “You need to iterate on the critical tasks. Too often, you see projects lose focus on the goal, and overall delivery quality can be reduced.”

The health care act is different because unlike similar projects, it is mandated by law. According to a congressional staffer familiar with the issue and who spoke on background, the deadline established by the law made the website launch more complicated.

Acquia and BLEN Corp power Unfurlough.us

The United States Government has shutdown — for the first time in 17 years — on October 1st, 2013. According to estimates, some 800,000 government employees were furloughed on that day. For those people, the shutdown created an incredible amount of uncertainty and financial pressure. As one of my friends who is among the furloughed said, “… [it] doesn’t mean the mortgage and car loan payments aren’t still due.”

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