Is the Obama administration’s election year lust for Silicon Valley’s dead presidents destroying the future of the career Federal technology leader?…The pace of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program is frustrating to some….And a near-miss for Snowden?






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The only thing that is possibly growing more rapidly than the number of cybersecurity risks is the number of cybersecurity events. So why attend the 7th Annual AFCEA DC Cybersecurity Summit? Here are six reasons why Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 11 -12 is a must-attend event.






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The Secret Service has an interesting class photo….The CIA is taking cues from the advertising technology industry….IARPA is investing in research into homomorphic encryption—a potential game-changer in the worlds of privacy and security that enables encrypted queries of encrypted databases….And synthetic biology is keeping Jason Matheny up at night.






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MeriTalk caught up with Cameron Chehreh, Federal chief technology officer, Dell, in anticipation of this year’s Dell EMC World 2016, Oct. 18-20 in Austin, Texas. We spoke with Chehreh about Federal IT modernization efforts and what’s driving agencies toward a more digital government.






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We are a group of former Federal IT leaders, technology industry executives, and journalists. We believe the technology priorities embraced by the next President of the United States will be central to our nation’s ability to remain secure, competitive, open, innovative, and responsive to the needs of citizens. That is why we are endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.






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The storm clearly has not passed for some big programs run by the General Services Administration, including FedRAMP’s spending of $150,000 in taxpayer money to duplicate an online dashboard capability that had already been developed in the private sector and made available to the government for free….Also, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, is back with another bill aimed at IT modernization.






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FITARA addresses the following four areas: Incremental development, risk assessment transparency, IT portfolio review savings, and data center consolidation. How do these areas support cybersecurity actions?






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The Situation Report has the benefit of an intelligence collection network that is reporting some interesting twists and turns in the White House’s finally completed search for the government’s first Federal CISO.






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Fed Cloud Silver Lining

As agencies navigate cloud, they continue to leverage and build upon lessons learned.  And, it seems to be working:  According to a recent MeriTalk study, 75% of Federal cloud decision-makers say their workforce is somewhat or very comfortable with moving its systems to the cloud. But, how did they get there and what’s really the […] […]