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DISA shuts down Internet access for Pentagon employees

The Defense Information Systems Agency shut down Internet access and BlackBerry service for Pentagon employees Thursday morning.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:36am EST

Enterprise email forcing broader changes for the Army

The Army and DISA are using more disciplined processes to implement technology upgrades. Email-in-the-cloud also is giving the Army better a firmer cyber posture, and it opens the door for a host of emerging technologies because of better identity management.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 05:15am EST
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DISA seeks unity from services in enterprise IT

Tony Montemarano, the director of strategic planning and information at DISA, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss DISA's efforts in enterprise IT.

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 06:01pm EST
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DISA using cloud to further cyber defenses

The Defense Information Systems Agency created a Defense-wide directory of email addresses in support of their enterprise email system. But the real value in the listing of every military and civilian employee, contractor and retiree email address may be in securing information in a new way through the use of access based identity management. NIST is testing how to best use secure identity cards in the cloud.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 05:21am EST
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Cyber attack on DISA shows benefits of cloud

When the DISA cloud was hit with e-mail bringing in malware, cyber officials quickly squashed it.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 01:52pm EST

DISA pushes efficiency, security virtues of DoD private cloud

DoD dollars are coming down, and cyber threats are rising. The Defense Information Systems Agency says the enterprise services it's trying to build for the entire military are one answer to both problems.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 05:24am EST
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Joint Chiefs seeking cybersecurity help

Request for information covers maintenance of all joint staff networks and applications, and ensuring the network is secure through risk management mitigation, network vulnerability analysis and security auditing.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 07:20am EST

Congress throws up roadblock to Army enterprise email

House and Senate negotiators who hammered out an agreement for the 2012 defense authorization bill added language that puts the brakes on the Army's transition to an enterprise email effort. The language adds several requirements the Army and DoD must meet before moving forward with the project.

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 03:28pm EST

DoD wants improved information sharing

DISA wants improve its enterprise information visibility for the department's 15,000 unclassified networks by creating an Enterprise Information Web. The semantic Web will allow data to be more easily shared and reused across the department.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 04:47pm EST

Leadership from the top, well-trained workforce are key to DoD audits, experts say

The Pentagon faces an uphill climb in getting ready for an audit of its consolidated financial statements by 2017, outside experts said Thursday. Nonetheless, the goal is achievable if the push is sustained by future secretaries of Defense.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 10:54am EST
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DISA website back up after five-day outage

The Defense Information Systems Agency's website had been offline since Saturday. Agency officials blamed a hardware problem.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 02:46pm EST

DoD learns important lesson in developing coalition network

NATO and its members say a network they constructed to tie together the national networks of the various militaries operating in Afghanistan is a success story — except for the fact that the network took eight years to get up and running. But U.S. Defense officials said they have a better understanding for future coalition operations for how best to build such a network.

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:03am EST

DISA headquarters earns LEED Gold

The complex in Ft. Meade, Md., received the second-highest environmental building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 05:28pm EDT

Hawkins nominated to be new DISA director

Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins Jr., Hawkins, who currently serves as deputy director for command, control, communications and computer systems for the Joint Staff, will take over for current DISA director Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett.

Monday - 10/31/2011, 07:39am EDT

DoD to bring services under its IT strategy umbrella

Military services and agencies, alike, are under pressure from senior defense officials to find savings from IT Rob Carey, DoD's deputy CIO said at the annual Executive Leadership Conference. In the coming weeks, Defense CIO Teri Takai will issue a memo detailing a new strategy for bringing existing consolidation and standardization efforts together. The budget pressures have helped push the department out in front of emerging cyber and mobile technologies.

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:33am EDT

Storage Efficiency

"Data volumes are exploding. Budgets are shrinking. Join this discussion and learn how federal agencies are storing more, yet spending less on storage. If you need to cut your IT budget, doesn't it make sense to start with one of your biggest line items? Tune in as our panelists present real examples that show how agencies are containing large volumes while capturing savings—with storage that's faster, easier to manage, and more secure. Find out the keys to storage efficiency: buying less hardware, eliminating redundant data, streamlining backup/recovery, avoiding network or bandwidth upgrades, and reducing everyday operating costs."

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 12:30pm EDT
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Army strengthens access rules for secret network

The Army has begun moving users of DoD's secret IP network to a more secure, two-factor PKI authentication system. It's one of several measures the service says it's taking to better use trusted identities on DoD networks.

Wednesday - 08/24/2011, 08:01am EDT
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DISA tackles big IT vision with shrinking budget

The Defense Information Systems Agency is holding its annual conference in Baltimore this week. Enterprise technologies and standardization are key themes. DISA has told its public and private sector partners that it intends to do all of the above, even in a climate in which budgetary resources are declining.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 10:28am EDT
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Army cloud email a 'pathfinder' to enterprise services

The Army resumed its migration of users to its new cloud email system on Tuesday. Other enterprise services will follow behind it, including an enterprise version of Microsoft Sharepoint, which will mostly displace the Army Knowledge Online web portal, officials said.

Wednesday - 08/17/2011, 06:00am EDT
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DISA takes lead in virtualization efforts

DISA is working on a follow-on contract to the current deal that includes virtualization services the follow-on is expected to be awarded in 2014.

Tuesday - 08/16/2011, 06:08pm EDT
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