GSA recently launched the U.S. Data Federation, a new effort to support data standardization and data federation initiatives in the Federal and local governments.






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Agencies continue to migrate to the cloud, but require a strong security service to protect their systems. A Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) addresses security concerns and provides a go-between for end users and applications






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The Defense Information Systems Agency receives notifications for about 800 million alarms a day while providing support for 146 mission partners, and Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, vice director, said the agency is trying to grant all 146 partners access to the commercial cloud.






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Agencies are moving users to the cloud, but how can they streamline the process? How can it be simplified to create an enhanced user experience?

“What activities, what data, and what threat are they bringing into the cloud?” These three questions are identified as primary concepts agencies should use to assess and prevent cloud application use as necessary, then implement policies based on the answers.






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University of Maryland University College has reduced its physical IT infrastructure by almost 97 percent in the past three years–fully embracing cloud in order to accomplish this goal. The university has decreased its hardware from 1,500 pieces to fewer than 100 currently.






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The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) recently published a basic model aimed at helping researchers better understand the Internet of Things (IoT).






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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence plans to hire its first chief information officer to take charge of IT programs across the ODNI’s 20 component offices, particularly the effort to retire legacy IT systems and migrate users to the cloud.






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To drive down Federal spending and waste, the Office of Management and Budget has released its official Data Center Policy, designed to streamline the process of reducing the number of Federal data centers. By 2018, 52 percent of Federal data centers will close.






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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission awarded Salient CRGT a task order with a two-year contract for roughly $1.44 million to provide the agency with Master Data Management and Enterprise Data Exchange services. Maureen Conley, NRC public affairs officer, said, “This project utilizes a private cloud, not a FedRamp compliant service.”






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