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What Does It Take to Move Your Agency to a DevOps Model? Being Bold.

September 12, 2016 For federal agencies, accomplishing in just a matter of weeks IT tasks that typically take months or years is a dream come true. That’s the promise of the DevOps methodology; some agencies are embracing it, but IT leaders say it takes courage to implement a new approach to IT. DevOps...

SMS-Delivered Tokens May Go Away in Multifactor Authentication, but Agencies Have Numerous Other Options

August 30, 2016 The days of federal agency employees using a one-time password delivered via SMS text messages may be numbered, at least as far as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is concerned. However, agencies will still have several different ways to enable multifactor authentication technology to secure their IT...

FedRAMP Takes Concrete Step to Speed Up the Cloud Authorization Process

August 30, 2016 The General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is taking steps to smooth the authorization process for cloud service providers (CSPs) seeking to work with the government. Additionally, FedRAMP has also recently taken steps to provide federal agencies with more easily accessible information about the status of...

Federal Agencies Will Be Required to More Accurately Track Software Licenses

August 30, 2016 Coming soon to the federal government: better management of agency software inventories. At least that’s the goal of a recently passed federal law, which will push agency CIOs to more accurately track the various pieces of software and applications under their purview. On July 29, President Obama signed into law...

FedRAMP’s Release of High Baseline Requirements Could Signal Shift in Cloud Adoption

July 15, 2016 The federal government has been encouraging agencies to adopt a “cloud first” mentality for years, but now agencies may finally have a tool that will make them more comfortable with putting sensitive information in the cloud. That could increase the adoption of cloud services across the government. Late last month,...

VA Responds to Ransomware Threats with Help from DHS

July 15, 2016 It’s an example of real teamwork: The departments of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Securityworked together to prevent the VA from being affected by a ransomware attack, according to VA CIO LaVerne Council. When asked about the agency’s defenses against cybersecurity attacks like ransomware, Council testified before the Senate Committee on...

DOD and Cybercom Want to Train for Realistic Cyberattacks

July 15, 2016 It’s a nightmare scenario for the federal government: a catastrophic cyberattack against the nation’s critical infrastructure, one that disables the power grid or financial system. The Department of Defense and many other agencies pour billions of dollars into cybersecurity technology investments to prevent such attacks. Yet DOD and U.S. Cyber...

FEMA Wants to Streamline Device Portfolio and Go Mobile

July 15, 2016 For the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), versatility is key in responding to emergencies. To that end, the agency that helps Americans recover from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and various other disasters wants to gain more flexibility by restructuring and simplifying its device portfolio. FEMA will likely be embracing more mobile...

The Navy Sees 3D Printing as a Way to Navigate to a Flexible Future

July 14, 2016 The U.S. Navy is eager to embrace 3D printing technology to create customized parts for complex systems so that it can rush them to sailors. The Navy’s push for 3D printing follows similar efforts within the Army, Marines and Air Force. The Navy wants to make wider of use of...

Cultural Opposition to Modernizing Federal IT May Be Overblown

June 26, 2016 The White House continues to push for its $3.1 billion IT modernization fund, and underpinning that effort is a belief that the federal government needs to shake up how it procures and modernizes technology — and that some elements of the government are resistant to or fearful of change. Social...