For 2012—Security is On the Mind

Increased security seems to be on the mind of everyone this year. The President made promises to increase Cybersecurity in his State of the Union Address. President Obama’s budget calls for the strengthening of government cybersecurity while reducing overall information technology spending by more than a half-billion dollars. The document provides a roadmap to the administration’s thinking on the direction it wants to take on cybersecurity. The White House Proposal supports a number of research and development projects the administration envisions to promote a secure and reliable cyberspace.

The National Science Foundation would receive $110 million for basic research initiatives aimed to secure the nation’s critical information infrastructure, the mostly privately owned networks that control the flow of money, energy, food and other vital things that make society function.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, under the budget, would get $86 million above current levels to fund research for a number of projects, including ones focused on cybersecurity.
The budget proposes spending $769 million to support the operations of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Division, which safeguards federal computer systems and sustains efforts under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative to protect American information networks from the threat of cyberattacks and disruptions. Some $202 million of the DHS IT security budget would go to improve government-wide continuous monitoring of vulnerabilities in government IT systems.

Several key Senators have banned together to propose new legislation to codify some of the authority the Obama administration has granted the Department of Homeland Security over federal civilian agency IT security. The legislation would create the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications within DHS to coordinate federal efforts to battle cybersecurity threats facing the government and the nation’s critical information infrastructure, […]

By |February 16th, 2012|General, Security|0 Comments|

Why Should We Care About Data Standardization?

In my last blog, I talked about how Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) created an Open Technical dictionary based on the federal catalog system. This technical ontology can be used to describe items that you make, or that you buy. The question now becomes—why do should we care.  What do I get out of data standardization?

Apparently the answer is—a lot.

Data standardization has been shown to:

Increase sales in online catalogs by preventing returns because inadequate description make searching for items difficult.
Lower the overall cost of customer service by reducing customer complaints and questions.
Prevent incorrect forecasts and even packaging and transportation costs. You have to know the accurate size and weight of an item to know how to ship it properly.
Greatly enhance spend analysis and support financial reporting requirements.
Reduction in speed to market for new items.

The Data Warehouse Institute states “Poor data quality is costing US businesses more than $600 billion annually.”

A variety of issues such as legacy systems, poor accountability, measurement inconsistencies, and human error can cause poor data management. Companies need to develop data management plans that establish data strategies for data governance based on completeness, consistency, conformity and duplication. These plans will identify and correct potential risk areas.

Often it is hard to convince upper management that data standardization should be a priority within a company. By matching the data quality plan to the business metrics and strategic goals of your company or industry, you can gain support to carry out this important internal business function.

If you would like to know more about the ECCMA eOTD and how it can help you with data standardization, check them out at