DoT Modernizing FAA Tech With First-Ever TMF Award
The Department of Transportation (DoT) has received its first-ever Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) award to use in helping to upgrade tech at the agency’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) component, according to DoT Chief Information Officer (CIO) Cordell Schachter.
CTA Rolls Out Principles to Curb ‘Cyber Mercenaries’
The Cybersecurity Tech Accord (CTA) – a coalition of more than 150 private sector cybersecurity companies – has released a set of principles to guide the technology industry forward in curbing “cyber mercenaries.”
Former Navy CIO Weis Joins Google Public Sector
Aaron Weis, the former Department of the Navy chief information officer (CIO), started a new job Monday as the managing director of technology at Google Public Sector (GPS).
Federal Data Center Security Bill Reintroduced in Senate
A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation that aims to boost the physical and digital security of Federal data centers against potential threats.
Six Fed Agencies Working on ‘Open Knowledge Network’ Prototype
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other Federal government agencies have announcedcreation of a prototype version of an integrated data and knowledge infrastructure program that they say will form the basis of a far-reaching “open knowledge network.”
DHS Looks to AI to Fight U.S. Opioid Battle
The Senate Judiciary Committee held its annual oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today, where conversations about leveraging emerging technologies – like AI – took center stage amidst the growing, bipartisan concern surrounding the nation’s opioid crisis.
Alternative Data Storage Technologies Still Years Away, GAO Says
While concern in some quarters of the tech world continues to grow about how to keep pace with growing data storage demand, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report that exotic alternatives – think options like synthetic DNA – to fill the gap are probably still years away.
DoD CDO Spirk: People, Tech, and Culture Spurring Data-Driven Transformation
The Department of Defense (DoD) is using data to accelerate the Pentagon’s digital transformation, and DoD Chief Data Officer David Spirk said that a focus on people, technology, and culture has spurred that transformation.
DoE Needs Work on Managing Data Analytics, Protecting IP, and AI
The Department of Energy (DoE) could improve how it manages its fraud, waste, and abuse practices by improving access to the data used by the agency and its contractors for data analysis, as well as using all tools available to keep the department’s research secure, according to a Nov. 26 DoE Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report.
CISA Issues Revised Cloud Security TRA
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an updated version of its Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) that serves as guidance for Federal civilian agencies for secure migration to cloud services.
Naval Postgraduate School Partnering with Microsoft for Emerging Tech
The Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Microsoft to look to integrate and utilize emerging technologies in service of the warfighter and national security, the Navy announced May 2.
DISA Appoints JWCC Program Manager
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has appointed Ryan McArthur to lead its program office for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC), according to McArthur’s LinkedIn.
U.S. CYBERCOM Details Malware-Focused Defensive Operation
Earlier this month, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) conducted a wide-ranging defensive cyberspace operation focused on sweeping for known malware, and intended to “highlight and enhance CYBERCOM’s interoperability with partners.”
3.4M Cyber Pros Needed to Close Global Workforce Gap
New research from (ISC)² sheds light on what it would take to close the longstanding cyber workforce shortage, and the answer is a big number. According to new research from the nonprofit, the cybersecurity profession needs to grow by 3.4 million people to close the global workforce gap.
GAO: Feds Could Improve Collaboration When Helping SLTTs With Ransomware Attacks
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Federal agencies are successfully helping state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments prevent and respond to ransomware attacks; however, there is still room to improve collaboration. The GAO offered three recommendations for Federal agencies to improve collaboration.
Defense Secretary Austin Signs Off on JADC2 Strategy
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed and approved the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy document last month, marking an official start to the marathon to implement the data-sharing strategy across the military, the Pentagon said at a June 4 press conference.
GAO: OMB Data Center Definition Change Creates Cyber Vulnerability
A 2019 tweak by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the definition of a data center – and thus how the Federal government proceeds with its Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) aimed at sharply cutting the number of data centers that Federal agencies operate – is having the effect of leaving the government more vulnerable to cyberattacks, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official concurred today.
Adapting to New Tech and Cybersecurity Key to Data Center Optimization
As agencies have continued to close data centers by participating in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), adapting to new technologies and cybersecurity must be front of mind for these closures, a Government Accountability Office expert said today.