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The Man from Google Who Came to Fix Federal IT Still Doesn’t Have His Own Website

January 9, 2015 With much fanfare last summer, the Obama administration named Mikey Dickerson the unofficial savior of federal IT projects in the post-HealthCare.gov age. Most of us haven’t heard a peep since. That’s an exaggeration, of course. Dickerson, the head of the U.S. Digital Service team, has given speeches, made appearances at...

GSA Wants to Make It Easier for Agencies to Buy Agile

January 8, 2015 Federal agencies are increasingly looking for ways to shake up the often sluggish process of buying information technology. And if the General Services Administration gets its way, agency buyers could soon be able to purchase services specifically from companies that specialize in quick-turnaround software deployments and other IT projects. A...

The Pentagon Moves To Tie Up Loose Ends on Its Network Security

January 8, 2015 The Defense Information Systems Agency is turning to industry for “novel” approaches to secure the millions of devices plugged in—and virtually connected—to the Pentagon’s computer networks. A Jan. 5 request for information queries contractors on a “next-generation” endpoint security system that would allow the agency to better configure, secure and...

DISA Aims for Next-Gen System to Secure Millions of Connected Devices

January 7, 2015 The Defense Information Systems Agency is turning to industry for “novel” approaches to secure the millions of devices plugged in -- and virtually connected -- to the Pentagon’s computer networks. A Jan. 5 request for information queries contractors on a “next-generation” endpoint security system that would allow the agency to...

US Digital Service Hauled in to Shore up White House Security After Hack

January 6, 2015 After a breach of unclassified White House internal networks last fall, the Obama administration hauled in a team of former Silicon Valley tech mavens to help patch up network security. The U.S. Digital Service -- the newly minted federal IT fix-it shop headed by former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson --...

The Mobile Wave Still Looks Like a Trickle in Government

January 5, 2015 This story has been updated. Don’t say federal agencies are phoning it in. As Americans take to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets in droves, agencies are slowly but surely making sure government websites and services are available from those devices. The Obama administration has set a lofty aim of...

How a New Social Network Could Help Close the Cyber Worker Shortage

January 5, 2015 It’s no secret the federal government and scores of private companies have struggled to attract qualified cybersecurity professionals. But the backers of a new project to create a full-scale social networking site to vet current and would-be cyber warriors say the bustling online community they envision may be the answer....

The Year of the Breach: 10 Federal Agency Data Breaches in 2014

December 30, 2014 Call 2014 the year of the breach. Financial institutions, big-box retailers, entertainment giants and, yes, government agencies all fell victim to an assortment of cyber intruders last year. While private-sector cyberincidents stole the spotlight, the feds proved to be a tempting target for hackers as well. Over the past few...

From FITARA to FISMA Reform: 5 Key Tech Bills Passed by Congress in 2014

December 23, 2014 Congress this year was frequently blasted for its “do-nothing” reputation. But when it comes to a few key pieces of technology and cybersecurity legislation, the 113th Congress was surprisingly fruitful. Below, read details of the significant legislative efforts approved by lawmakers this year, ranging from reforming information technology acquisition to...

There’s Still No Governmentwide Definition of the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 The Internet of Things may be the biggest tech buzzword of 2014. The number of Internet-connected sensors, trackers and other assorted things could grow to as many as 50 billion devices by 2020, according to some estimates -- enough for every human on Earth to have seven such devices. But...