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20 Jun: Software Supply Chain Security, Whats Next?

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) President Joe Biden’s recently issued executive order on cybersecurity is expansive, running more than 8,000 words, and covers everything from the adoption of zero-trust architecture to multifactor authentication. However, one of the most anticipated elements of the order concerns the vital issue of software supply chain security.  The topic has always been important…

24 May: Department of Defense Strengthens Its Emphasis on Data

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Defense Department is transforming itself into a data-centric organization, and is tasking its chief data officer with new responsibilities to help it along its way.  In a memo, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, the Pentagon adopted five “data decrees” to “generate transformative proficiency and efficiency gains across the DoD Data…

24 Apr: Why Organizations Need DevSecOps for SAP Now More Than Ever

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) Setting DevSecOps goals are a critical component when aligning mission-critical application functionality with businesses’ needs. In an ideal world, this would allow organizations to increase operational speed, automate manual tasks, provide continuous delivery to the company, and keep what matters most protected. However, these goals create challenges for IT, operations and information security teams…

21 Mar: Joint JEDI Award To Microsoft, AWS Could ‘Reduce DoD’s Litigation Risk’

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) As the U.S. Department of Defense continues to face litigation that’s holding up the massive JEDI cloud computing project, options for the DoD include amending the award to incorporate multiple cloud vendors, an expert on government procurement law explained. The Department of Defense selected Microsoft for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract…

21 Feb: IT Trends to Watch in 2021

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The federal government, like its state and local counterparts, has been consumed with responding to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and its resulting effects on how work gets done. Agencies shifted to large-scale remote work setups and zero-trust cybersecurity became more important with so many users operating outside of the traditional boundaries of the…

23 Jan: Agriculture CIO Says Centers of Excellence Sped Up Farmers.gov Upgrades By Years

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) IT modernization has been a growing focus in federal government for years, but President Donald Trump’s signing of the Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act last month put more momentum behind it. It codified the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence into law — an initiative which the Agriculture Department had been…

20 Dec: SolarWinds: The Hunt to Figure Out Who Was Breached

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Russian hacking group suspected of leveraging a tainted SolarWinds software update to infiltrate as many as 18,000 organizations is presenting a forensics challenge unlike any other. To ensnare such a large group of private companies, government agencies and organizations is the equivalent of factory ocean trawler scraping the seabed. The question now for…

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24 Nov: The IRS wants its own version of ‘The Sims’

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The IRS wants to play “The Sims” at work. Well, it’s own version of the popular life-simulation video game, that is. According to a new request for information posted last April by the tax agency, it’s asking industry for its own, IRS mission-specific version of the game. The IRS is looking for an “interactive…

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15 Oct: DOD Releases Long-Awaited Data Strategy

TAKE NOTE (Insights and Emerging Technology) The Defense Department has released its first enterprise-wide data strategy. The 14-page document released Oct. 8 outlines the basis for what will become the DOD’s data commandments to apply to “the entire Department of Defense, and its data, on whichever systems that information resides.” DOD outlined seven principles in the data strategy, which include…