In May 2017, the President issued an Executive Order on Cybersecurity. Among other requirements, the order holds agency heads accountable for appropriate cyber defenses: “Agency heads will be held accountable by the President for implementing risk management measures commensurate with the risk and magnitude of the harm that would result from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, […] […]

The federal government has started to embrace the positive impact of cloud on cybersecurity efforts. We first saw this in the May Cybersecurity Executive Order, which outlined a shift to cloud as a key part of cyber security strategy. During a briefing, Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor, said, “We’ve got to move to the cloud […] […]

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, 20.4 billion devices will be connected across the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT brings the promise of new possibilities, but to unlock them, agencies must change how they think about data and how to keep it secure. There are four primary ways IoT can provide value to agencies and […] […]

Federal agencies face a continual struggle to attract top talent in the cyber workforce. Why? Because it is difficult for agencies to find qualified personnel, hard to retain security workers, and there is often an insufficient understanding of job requirements. This impacts us all – as it makes it more difficult for agencies to make […] […]

With the release of the fourth FITARA scorecard, we saw agencies stall on progress – more agency grades declined than improved, and 15 agencies’ grades remained neutral. One shining star was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – the first agency to ever receive an overall A. How did they do it? According […] […]

While the Cybersecurity Sprint focused attention on how to generate improvements quickly, one of our most important cyber efforts – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program – is unquestionably a marathon. Now in its fourth year, the program is maturing agencies’ abilities to identify cyber risks and adopt a […] […]

We are starting to hear very different language when federal IT leaders talk about modernization. At the recent Federal Focus: The Cloud Generation event, Small Business Administration (SBA) Deputy CIO Guy Cavallo and CTO Sanjay Gupta talked about their migration from data center to cloud, noting that the key was to “burn the bridge back […] […]

According to a Gartner study, there will be 26 billion internet-connected devices by 2020 – more than four devices for every human on earth. This hyper-connected world presents opportunities and challenges for federal agencies, particularly given data security and privacy considerations, and the enormous variety of IoT devices (many of which, unlike a laptop, are […] […]

The latest FITARA scorecard revealed the first overall “A,” issued to USAID, which managed a significant improvement following a string of D’s on the last three scorecards. Unfortunately, more agency grades declined than improved. The trend is frustrating, particularly as the December 2016 scorecard showed improvements. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is supposed to drive […] […]

The forecast is looking brighter for FedRAMP. The FedRAMP Project Management Office (PMO) has worked to make the cloud procurement more transparent and more efficient. At June’s Cloud Brainstorm event, Congressmen Will Hurd (R-Texas), Gerry Connelly (D-Va.), and FedRAMP leadership from the General Services Administration (GSA) shared perspectives on progress to date and what’s ahead. […] […]

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