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Welcoming Linton Wells to SIGNAL

January 4, 2010
By Katie Packard

SIGNAL welcomes Dr. Linton Wells II as the new Incoming columnist.

CWID Looking for a few Good Technologies

September 1, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The 2010 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) cycle has begun. Organizations interested in participating in the event can go to the Federal Business Opportunity site for details about how to participate.

Coverage from the National Conference on Emergency Communications

April 28, 2009
By H. Mosher

Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor provided coverage from the floor of last week's National Conference of Emergency Communications in Chicago. Read all her coverage from the conference here.

Webinar: Securing the Data Center

April 23, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Next in SIGNAL's webinar series, "Securing the Data Center: A DOD Architecture for Information Assurance" will take place on May 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET. Targeted attacks by hackers and insiders are aimed where they'll do the most damage and where the most valuable assets are located - the agency data center. Government agencies can increase protection and reduce operational costs when security issues are considered at the very beginning of data center planning. So it's ironic that data center security is often an afterthought. A well thought-out defense-in-depth strategy includes multiple layers of security and different overlapping technologies.

Attendees will learn how a secure data center architecture can:

  • Enable secure rollout of Web 2.0 and SOA services
  • Achieve Policy and Regulatory Compliance
  • Protect Data and Communication Integrity & Privacy
  • Enable Secure Email and Web Transactions
  • Prevent Data Leakage and Disclosure
  • Provide Comprehensive Threat Control

Panelists include:

  • Rich Campbell, Senior Systems Engineer, Cisco Data Center Solutions
  • Andrew Benhase, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Security Solutions
  • Michael Jones, Federal Security Services Manager, Cisco Federal Services

For additional details, including how to register, click here.

Webinar: Can VIRTUAL Environments Ever Drive REAL Benefits?

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

March 19: Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is.

Webinar: Building a Collaborative IP Framework - Feb. 26

February 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

SIGNAL's next webinar will be on February 26 at 11 a.m. and features Kurt Dickey, Unified Communications Specialist at Cisco Federal. From the description:

Organizations that maintain separate voice and data networks are confronted with the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing costs.

One answer to this challenge is deploying a converged network unified communications solution. In order to be effective, such a solution must offer flexible and sophisticated functionality and framework that permits rapid deployment of emerging applications such as desktop IP telephony, unified messaging, telepresence, mobility, desktop collaboration, enterprise application integration with IP phone displays, and collaborative IP contact centers. These applications enhance productivity and increase enterprise revenues.

Learn more and register here.

Welcoming Christopher Dorobek to SIGNAL

January 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman puts some perspective on the Incoming column in this month's "Behind the Lines":

Two years ago, we began a new column called Incoming. Located on the last page of the magazine and featured online each month as part of SIGNAL's blog, Incoming featured a guest columnist providing commentary on a wide range of SIGNAL coverage issues. The past year, the magazine and its readers were fortunate to have Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.), chairman of the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation, provide 12 months of his perspective on many of the pressing issues for the AFCEA community.

Our goal has been to rotate columnists with the dawn of each new year. So, with the January 2009 issue, we welcome SIGNAL's new Incoming contributing columnist. Many readers probably are familiar with Christopher Dorobek. A former editor in chief of Federal Computer Week, Chris now is a co-anchor on Federal News Radio 1500 AM's Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in Washington, D.C. He also hosts his own blog,

Next up: Chris's first Incoming column!

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2008
By H. Mosher

AFCEA Headquarters will be closing at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and reopening on Dec. 29. We will follow a similar schedule next week, closing at 12 noon on Dec. 31 and reopening on Jan. 5.

From all of us at AFCEA and SIGNAL Magazine, have a happy and safe holiday.

AFCEA on GovLoop

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

GovLoop is a social network dedicated to connecting the government community. More than 3,200 members strong, the community's membership ranges from local and state officials to feds from a wide range of agencies.

GovLoop founder Steve Ressler created a group forum for AFCEA, which we moderate. Just a few members so far, but there are a lot of great conversations taking place there, unlike some social networks where people join but never talk.

Visit the AFCEA on GovLoop page here.

TechNet Asia-Pacific: Coming soon to SIGNAL Scape

October 27, 2008
By H. Mosher

The next event we will feature here on SIGNAL Scape will be TechNet Asia-Pacific, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will be sending us updates as things break from the conference.


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