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OMB Finalizes Zero Trust Strategy; Here Come the Deadlines
Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the final version of its strategy that directs Federal agencies to migrate to zero trust security architectures.
  • OMB Zero Trust Policy Gets Positive Reviews; Funding is Wild Card
    Ross Nodurft, executive director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation and former chief of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) cybersecurity team, gave positive reviews to the final version of OMB’s zero trust security directive to Federal agencies, but also noted agencies’ ability to find funding to implement the strategy in the near term remains somewhat cloudy.
  • House Debuts Semiconductor, Competition Companion to Senate’s USICA Bill
    The House of Representatives has crafted a new semiconductor and innovation legislative measure that features $52 billion in funding for semiconductor production, $45 billion for supply chain issues, and the establishment of a new Science and Engineering Solutions Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The bill, called the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence […]
  • telework Fed CIOs Counsel Continuing Remote Work Integration, Innovation
    Edging into what everyone hopes will be a post-pandemic environment, Federal agencies have learned a lot about remote work. But as employees continue to work from remote environments, agency tech leaders will need to continue to rethink policies, IT modernization, security, and training practices to ensure an integrated workplace environment, several Federal CIOs chief said during ATARC’s CIO Virtual Summit Jan. 25.
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  4. FedRAMP StackArmor Teams With Red Hat to Accelerate ROSA FedRAMP ATO
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  1. DISA Awards $6.8M Contract for Thunderdome Prototype
    The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced that it has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $6.8 million contract to implement a Thunderdome Prototype—which will be DISA’s zero trust security and network architecture.
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  3. White House Puts High Tech on Sanctions Deck if Russia Invades Ukraine
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