Reports say 100,000 new malware samples are discovered every day. And, according to a recent survey, 62 percent of DoD IT pros identified foreign governments as one of the greatest source of IT threats. Bloomberg reports the U.S. military, “is seeking $34.7 billion through 2021 to boost cybersecurity capabilities.”

How can agencies identify – and mitigate – threat actors, whether they come from nation states or within the U.S.?






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MeriTalk caught up with Mark Schwartz, the chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security, during the 2016 Akamai Government Forum in Washington, D.C.






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Federal CIO Tony Scott will again lay out his vision for the $3.1 billion IT modernization fund on July 14 at the Palo Alto Networks Federal Forum. MeriTalk has launched the #GreatScott campaign—an online petition to keep Scott in office through the transition of administrations. Scott’s presence and leadership may be the key to making the fund a reality….CIA’s investments could pay for that modernization campaign….At VA, confusion about what’s a medical device and what’s IT.






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Fed Cloud Silver Lining

Cloud isn’t a new concept for government.  Approximately 8.5 percent – or roughly $7 billion – of the government’s IT spending goes to provisioned services like cloud[1] today. But, even greater opportunity for savings is ahead, as agencies focus hard on legacy migration. The costs associated with maintaining outdated infrastructure have reached the impossible point. OMB’s […] […]

IT is evolving and agency security needs are changing with it.

There needs to be a “fundamentally different way that we secure [IT] services,” said Rob Palmer, deputy chief technology officer, DHS, during a recent webcast.

“It took us a decade or more to get a good support model in place for what we are now considering legacy IT,” Palmer continued. Now agencies are hoping to transition from legacy IT to the cloud.






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Exclusive: VA Chief Information Security Officer Resigns Brian Burns, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ chief information security officer, has resigned, according to an internal agency memo obtained by MeriTalk. His last day with VA will be June 10. Burns took over the CISO post last November.       The Situation Report: Is This The […] […]

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott will soon announce his pick as the first Federal chief information security officer. Brian Burns is exiting as CISO at VA. Are these things related?…Speaking of VA, personal data has a way of being carelessly handled.






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