July 7, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
On Saturday a distributed denial of service attack was launched against U.S. and South Korean government Web sites. According to published reports, the attack -- while not particularly sophisticated -- was very large and persistent. The U.S. FTC site went down, according to the Washington Post, and some sites were still experiencing problems today. According to a PandaLabs blog, the malware used to attack a long list of governent and financial sites is the Mydoom.HN.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.