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Commerce Department Teams Up with DHS to Improve Its Cybersecurity

June 26, 2016 For the U.S. Department of Commerce, when it comes to cybersecurity it’s better to be proactive than reactive. Commerce has been partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to use new tools from a key DHS program to enhance its security posture. Over the last few years, Commerce has been...

Federal Agencies Have a Window to Upgrade to the Cloud and Modern IT

June 26, 2016 The federal government has a clear and open window to spur a wave of modernization of agencies’ IT systems, but only if Congress provides the funding, according to two federal officials. Speaking at the 2016 MeriTalk Cloud Computing Brainstorm event, federal CIO Tony Scott and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), argued...

Federal CIO Tony Scott: $3.1 Billion IT Modernization Fund Will Reorient Tech Spending

June 26, 2016 Federal CIO Tony Scott maintained his push for the Obama administration’s $3.1 billion revolving fund to modernize federal IT systems, arguing that it will kick-start a change in how the government purchases technology. Scott, delivering the opening keynote at the 2016 Brocade Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., pointed out that...

Augmented Reality Headsets Promise Navy Divers an ‘Iron Man’ Experience

June 26, 2016 Iron Man, meet Aquaman. The U.S. Navy is testing a prototype augmented reality diving helmetthat will display critical digital information for Navy divers on their missions underwater. The AR headsets, which have been developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, will give divers visual access to real-time...

GITEC 2016: Identity and Access Management Remain Key Cybersecurity Concerns

April 13, 2016 With great amounts of data come great responsibility. As federal agencies collect more data, figuring out who should — and shouldn’t — be handling it is a crucial cybersecurity concern, according to several federal officials on a panel at the 2016 GITEC Summit in Baltimore. The officials said that identity...

Push for Wi-Fi in National Parks Could Prove to Be an Infrastructure Challenge

February 19, 2016 A renewed push to bring increased Wi-Fi access to the national parks could run headlong into some serious infrastructure challenges. As lawmakers call for the federal government to invest more to expand wireless service in the parks, the National Park Service (NPS) will need to contend with a series of...

Cisco: Government Upgrades Cybersecurity Protections Less Frequently Than Industry

February 18, 2016 Government agencies, especially in the federal government, generally have more resources to devote to cybersecurity than the private sector, according to a security expert at Cisco. Peter Romness, Cisco’s cybersecurity solutions program lead for the U.S. public sector, says that government agencies tend to use more technologies to enhance cybersecurity,...

DHS to Bring Facial Recognition Technology to Airports Nationwide

February 17, 2016 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) started using facial recognition technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport to determine if passengers entering the United States are fraudulently using valid passports. Following last year’s pilot of the technology, CPB plans to roll out the technology to all U.S. airports that are...

FedRAMP Plans to Speed Up Authorization Process for Federal Cloud Services

February 17, 2016 The federal program that assesses security for and authorizes cloud programs used by federal agencies plans to revamp its operations and speed up the authorization process. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) also aims to increase the transparency of its processes. FedRAMP, a program of the General Services...

2017 Budget Boosts IT Spending to $89.9 Billion, Expands U.S. Digital Service

February 17, 2016 President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal — the last one of his presidency — contains $89.9 billion in federal IT spending, up 1.3 percent from fiscal 2016. Although modest in terms of the spending increase, the administration says its IT spending is growing at a slower rate than in...