Federal BluePrint

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released an investigative report in September that reviewed the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breaches – breaches that resulted in over 21 million stolen records. The report stated, “Despite this high value information maintained by OPM, the agency failed to prioritize cybersecurity and adequately secure high […] […]

It’s time for Feds to pack their data center bags and start moving to cloud. Yet enterprises are not as secure in their decision to move to cloud. The Blue Coat Elastic 2016 Shadow Data Threat Report showed nearly 100 percent of apps analyzed do not provide sufficient security and compliance controls to effectively protect […] […]

Reacting to a battery of recent MeriTalk articles on GSA 18F and FedRAMP, voices inside and outside GSA have called for MeriTalk to name our source. Well, this time, we’re completely transparent.


This just in, a threat has surfaced on an agency network. Can it be stopped in time? Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) combined with Symantec + Blue Coat’s security platform enables real-time threat detection, allowing agencies to mitigate and address any risks.

Agencies need visibility into their networks, control over user access, and protection of their boundaries as part of CDM.


Windows 10

The Department of Defense’s decision to move to Windows 10 remains solid. As Microsoft’s most secure operating system ever deployed, Windows 10 offers significant security features baked right in. What’s slowing the effort at many agencies, however, is the actual migration process–it’s time-consuming, expensive, and unattainable within a year’s time frame. It doesn’t have to be, says Mike Wilkerson of VMware.


Fed Cloud Silver Lining

While the final presidential debate is a wrap, the Federal cloud debate (slightly more quiet) continues. Like the election, cloud has the potential to impact government for many years to come, from ensuring soldiers have the needed intelligence to make good decisions on the battlefield, to NIH having the ability to pool medical research and find new cures for disease.