Stories by Carolyn Duffy Marsan

How GSA is securing its cloud apps

As the General Services Administration (GSA) migrates to a work-anywhere, work-anytime strategy, the real estate arm of the U.S. federal government is discovering that having an iron-clad security strategy is critical to its adoption of cloud-based applications.

40% of U.S. government Web sites fail security test

Approximately 40% of federal government agencies are out of compliance with a regulation that requires them to deploy an extra layer of authentication on their Web sites to prevent hackers from hijacking Web traffic and redirecting it to bogus sites.

'Big data' creating big career opportunities for IT pros

New job opportunities are emerging for IT professionals in the field of "big data," the term used to describe how corporations gather vast amounts of real-time data about their customers and analyze that data to drive decision making and increase profitability.

Get Hadoop certified ... fast

IT professionals are scrambling to get trained and certified in what's expected to be the hottest new high-tech skill for 2012: Hadoop.

Security: Will 2012 be the dawn of DNSSEC?

Will 2012 be the year when US retailers, banks and content providers finally bolster their DNS systems with an add-on security measure that prevents Web site spoofing? That's what advocates of the security measure - dubbed DNSSEC for DNS Security Extensions - are hoping will occur.

Expert to IT pros: Adopt IPv6 soon or be sorry later

A dozen of the world's largest Internet companies - including Facebook, Google and Comcast - have committed to June 6, as the start date for their production deployments of IPv6, an upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.

Leading ISPs, websites commit to June 6 start for IPv6

Several of the world's largest ISPs and websites have committed to permanently enabling <a href="">IPv6</a> -- the next-generation Internet Protocol -- on their products and services starting June 6, 2012.

Unbiased info about IPv6 available here

Looking for practical, non-biased advice about how to deploy IPv6? The Internet Society is launching a new Web portal that will be a central resource for standards documents, best practices, case studies and other useful information for network engineers planning to adopt IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol.

New era for website names begins

A new era of Web site naming begins, when Internet policymakers start accepting applications for hundreds - perhaps thousands - of new domain name extensions such as .hotel and .paris.

5 major changes facing the Internet in 2012

2012 is poised to go down in Internet history as one of the most significant 12-month periods from both a technical and policy perspective since the late 1990s, when this network-of-networks stopped being a research project and became an engine of economic growth.