Federal Cloud Flag State, Local CIOs Agree on Big Cloud Impact, But Many Move With Caution

While nearly all state and local government (SLG) CIOs and IT managers recognize that cloud services will have a big impact on their ability to improve citizen services and provide public safety services over the next five years, many of them are still moving cautiously on cloud service implementations.

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  1. Mobile, Cloud Discovery Among FY2020 Priorities, CDM Program Chief Says

    Efforts to advance mobile and cloud services discovery on Federal networks are among the top priorities of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program in FY2020, said CDM Program Manager Kevin Cox this week.

  2. FCC Alters Rural Telehealth Program Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is making a number of changes to the rules and provisions for its Rural Health Care telehealth program after a surge in participation, with the new regulations being released in the Federal Register today.

  1. Federal CISO: CDM Featured in National Policy Implementation Plans

    Federal CISO Grant Schneider said today that the Trump administration is busy developing implementation plans for various aspects of the National Cyber Strategy that the White House released in September 2018, and that the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is included in that effort.

  2. .govCAR Looks at Mobile Infrastructure to Improve Cybersecurity Posture

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) .gov Cybersecurity Architecture Review program (.govCAR) has been looking at its mobile environment for capabilities and cybersecurity posture.

  3. Second ‘Hack the Army’ Bug Bounty Challenge Underway

    The Department of Defense (DoD) is partnering with Defense Digital Service (DDS) and HackerOne to launch the second Hack the Army bug bounty challenge. The challenge, which will run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 8, encourages hackers to attack more than 60 publicly accessible web assets to improve the DoD’s cyber defenses.

  4. Cloud-Based Tools Help SBA Meet CDM Requirements

    Using cloud-based tools has helped the Small Business Administration (SBA) meet the intent of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program as budget constraints have caused SBA to be more creative with its resources, the agency’s CIO said today.

  1. New Bill Would Require VA Publish Reports to Congress Online

    A new bill introduced in the House would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make reports requested by Congress available online and easy to access.

  2. NSF Sets AI Research Program Expected to Award $120M in Grants

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the launch of its National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes (NAIRI) program that is expected to award $120 million of grant funding over the next year to advance artificial intelligence (AI) research and promote work on large-scale, long-term research projects.

  3. NSA Chief: DIB is New Cybersecurity Directorate’s First Focus

    Army Gen. Paul Nakasone – who heads both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command – said today that the first focus of NSA’s recently launched Cybersecurity Directorate will be to shore up protection of companies that make up the nation’s Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and specifically to prevent the theft of intellectual property from DIB companies.

  4. Americans Digital Knowledge Varies Greatly

    According to a new Pew Research Center survey, a majority of Americans cannot identify an example of two-factor authentication and fewer than half of Americans can correctly answer the questions posed on Pew’s digital knowledge quiz.

  5. Navy Awards $1.4 Billion NGEN-R Hardware Contract to HPI

    The U.S. Navy announced on October 8 that it awarded the first portion of its Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete (NGEN-R) contract to HPI Federal, with the company set to provide end-user hardware to the service branch.

  6. Navy Looks at Cyber & IT Support on Oceanography, Meteorology

    The Navy is looking at cybersecurity and IT support for its oceanography and meteorology units, with the goal of providing a full range of services for multiple bases, according to a request for information released October 3. Responses are due by October 28.

  7. $605M Federal Investment Needed for Rural Broadband in FY2020

    More than 20 telecommunications and utility industry groups, as well as state and local government organizations, banded together to urge congressional leaders to continue funding broadband deployment in rural America in FY2020.

  8. USMC Focusing on Capabilities in Areas of AI Investment

    The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is looking to invest in a few areas for artificial intelligence (AI) and are focusing more on capabilities within those areas, officials said today at the Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit.

  9. Air Force Setting up Cloud, DevSecOps for Cyber Program

    The U.S. Air Force is looking for companies to support the service branch’s LevelUP program with cloud services and DevSecOps services that can enable the Air Force to develop new cyber capabilities, according to a solicitation released on FedBizOpps. The solicitation will close on October 17.

  10. SEC Looks to Improve Cloud Expertise to Bolster Cybersecurity

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has identified several management and performance challenges at the agency in a report dated Oct. 7.