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The Cyber Expert Who Doesn't Think the Sky is Falling: Q&A with Kaspersky Lab's Adam Firestone

April 9, 2015 Correction: This story previously stated that Adam Firestone is the president of Kaspersky Lab. He's in fact the president of Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc. As the president of IT security vendor Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, Inc., Adam Firestone has advice for navigating the cyber landscape: Treat it like the...

Competition for Tech Talent Heats Up with Clinton's Google Hire

April 9, 2015 Hillary Clinton hopes to staff her (still-undeclared) campaign tech team with Silicon Valley’s best and brightest. But in her search for tech talent, she may find herself competing with the very people she used to work alongside -- the Obama administration. The former secretary of state has just hired Google...

Once the Government’s Printing Press, GPO Jumps into Website Design

April 8, 2015 Four months after the Government Printing Office rebranded itself as the Government Publishing Office, the agency announced the completion of a project that could help cement its reputation as a player in the digital space: a full-scale redesign of the Commerce Department’s website. Although GPO has developed and designed agency...

Do Law Enforcement Agencies Need to Step Up Their Tech Game?

April 7, 2015 Despite incorporating such innovations as automatic license plate readers and more than a dozen geospatial tools, the U.S. law enforcement community’s technological implementation still has a ways to go, according to a new recently released report by the RAND Corporation. The study, “High-Priority Information Technology Needs for Law Enforcement,” examined...

18F's Leah Bannon Has a Message: The Tech Field is for Everyone

April 6, 2015 In 2011, Leah Bannon’s communications career was hitting its stride. She was in her third year as a consultant and technology editor at Booz Allen Hamilton, and she was on the final leg of getting a master’s degree in communications at Johns Hopkins University. But then she taught herself to...

Why Women Need a Bigger Role in Federal IT Leadership

April 3, 2015 How good is a jury composed of only one type of person? No matter how nice and intelligent the people are, they probably won’t come to the best decision, says Monica Eaton-Cardone, the chief information officer of Global Risk Technologies. The same is true when it comes to IT decision-making,...

Commerce's Chief Data Officer on Leading 'America's Data Agency'

April 2, 2015 As the recently appointed inaugural chief data officer for the Commerce Department, Ian Kalin says he doesn’t yet know exactly how he will gauge success. But he knows one thing for sure: He won’t measure it in a “stereotypical bureaucratic fashion.” Kalin brings both a business background, as the former...

What NASA's 3-D-Printed Space Wrench Says About Government Innovation

April 1, 2015 Four hours after NASA sent a file millions of miles away to the International Space Station, Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore magically transformed it into a usable ratchet wrench. Of course it wasn’t magic. It was the work of a 3-D printer and a federal agency successfully executing an innovative technological...

Congressman Wants to Curb Copycat IT Systems at DHS

March 30, 2015 Freshman House Republican lawmaker Will Hurd thinks there are too many duplicative IT systems at the Department of Homeland Security and wants agency officials to come up with a plan for curb them. The DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act, introduced last week, would require the DHS chief information officer to...

Maryland College Team Wins International Cyber Policy Hackathon

March 27, 2015 A massive cyberattack cripples a small country. The hack knocks out everything from bank ATMs to the beleaguered nation’s broadcasting system. It’s a situation that’s not too far from being a reality. But the attack on “Zambonia” was fictional. This scenario was dreamed up by the organizers of a two-day...