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Patience Wait

Contributor, Nextgov

Patience Wait
Patience Wait is a freelance contributor to Nextgov and a member of the Tech Writers Bureau where she concentrates on writing about the public sector's high-tech issues and programs. She has won awards for her government and technology reporting over her long career, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for best news coverage in 2004.
CIO Briefing

Getting Ready for the Next Budget Showdown

As in some years past, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding a potential government shutdown.

Cybersecurity

Report Shows Global Financial Giants Are at Risk of Cyberattacks

A new report by Constella Intelligence raises questions as to whether the sector is doing enough to protect itself.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Officials Rethinking Cyber's Role in National Defense Strategy

Cyber policy lead Mieke Eoyang discussed the Defense Department’s role in the nation’s cybersecurity posture, including in defending elections and countering ransomware attacks. 

Cybersecurity

Info Sharing and Securing Critical Infrastructure Top Key Congressman's Cybersecurity Priorities

“My colleagues see an urgency for new legislation now, in a way that wouldn’t be possible a few years ago," said Rep. James Langevin.

IT Modernization

Technology Modernization Fund Board Offers Insights on Latest Wave of Proposals

TMF is key to modernizing government operations in line with citizen expectations, according to Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer Maria Roat.

Emerging Tech

Information Disorder Is Biggest Social Danger, Commission Warns

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder made multiple structural recommendations for the information ecosystem.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers Dig for Details in Federal Response to Ransomware

Agency leaders said they aim to improve coordination among the many agencies with cybersecurity missions.

Emerging Tech

USDA’s Bot Program Saves More Than 150,000 Hours Per Year

The agency reached $5.3 million in cost avoidance while 27 cohorts of employees graduated from its reskilling program, Agriculture officials say.

Cybersecurity

Officials: Cybersecurity Mandates Are important But Don’t Address Funding Needs

A panel of federal CIOs and CISOs lauded recent cybersecurity mandates as important, but noted conflicting priorities and lack of funding is causing issues.

Cybersecurity

Small Financial Institutions Say They’re Getting Squeezed by Others’ Bad Cybersecurity Practices

Representatives from small banks and minority financial institutions told Congress they need help in the form of better, streamlined regulation.

IT Modernization

Building a Cloud-Savvy Workforce May Mean Rethinking Degree Requirements

Government and industry officials question how they can keep cloud positions filled when they require various degrees and certifications.

Emerging Tech

Health Agency Seeks Feedback on Personal Protective Technology Hub

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is looking for innovative ideas to maximize the protection different types of gear offers in different industry sectors. 

Emerging Tech

Senate Unanimously Passes Secure Equipment Act

The legislation aims to protects telecom networks from foreign threats.

Cybersecurity

Utilities Face Growing Global Cyber Threat Landscape

A cybersecurity firm focused on industrial cybersecurity is tracking 15 groups, 11 of which are targeting utilities. 

Cybersecurity

Senate Committee Chair: ‘Ransomware Has Changed the Equation’

The recent attacks on food and gas supply chains shifted how Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Gary Peters prioritizes cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

Working Group Breaks Down the Keys to Securing Mobile Devices

The Federal Mobility Group’s new guidance includes four strategic pillars that form the foundations of mobile security.