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Technology News

Don Brutzman, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

The Navy is trying an innovative way to find innovative solutions. It's inviting smart people that know computers to sign up for an online game. It's an open-sourced wargame where contestants can change both how the Navy and the game work. Don Brutzman is associate professor of the Naval Postgraduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on how to play the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame game.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

DoT, USDA to stop kicking the IT consolidation can down the road

Acting Agriculture CIO Joyce Hunter is taking aim at consolidating 15 assorted networks the agency uses. At Transportation, CIO Richard McKinney is creating shared services for commodity IT to get the bureau CIOs out of the IT services business.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:05am EDT
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DoD breaks mobile security roadblock

The Defense Department is in the final stages of a test to show how derived credentials from the Common Access Card can secure smartphones and tablet computers. Richard Hale, the deputy CIO for cybersecurity, boldly predicts that by the end of the calendar year the military will be issuing derived credentials on mobile devices.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:35am EDT
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Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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DHS trying to smooth the integration of cloud, network security programs

The Homeland Security Department and the FedRAMP program management office released a draft crosswalk between the cloud cybersecurity program and the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative. The goal is to make it easier for federal workers to access their network and apps securely through mobile devices.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 10:00am EDT

White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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SSA shows off agility in responding to citizen needs

The Social Security Administration followed a familiar roadmap to let citizens find and print their 1099 forms. SSA is using an agile software approach that was successful in turning legacy apps into modern Web programs.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:07am EDT
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Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

US agents accused of stealing $1 million in digital currency during online black market probe

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 08:40pm EDT

Data visualization & data analytics

GSA's Edward Meyman, Kris Rowley and Ryan Swann join host John Gilroy to discuss how to understand and analyze big data.
March 31, 2015

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 06:38pm EDT
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5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Ron Marks, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, GW University

Head of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Mike Rogers, said having stronger offensive cyber capabilities would help prevent future cyber attacks. That's one of his latest messages to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an having a cyber strategy that focuses more on offense, might wind up causing even more cybersecurity problems for federal agencies.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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HHS CTO Sivak to leave government

Bryan Sivak, one of the leaders in the new wave of procurement thinking, will end his stay in government in the next month. Sivak joined HHS in June 2012 after founding the software firm InQuira, and spending time in state and local government. At HHS, he immediately went after some of the most frustrating parts of the federal procurement process. He developed the IDEA Lab and the HHS Buyers Club, led datapalooza events and helped to define the role of an agency CTO.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 11:27am EDT

Long-time Education CIO, VA acquisition execs retire

Jerry Williams at Education and Glenn Haggstrom at Veterans Affairs are both leaving their government positions. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller examines why in this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:40am EDT

Congressman Hurd flashes IT oversight muscle at DHS

In his new two-page bill, the Department of Homeland Security IT Duplication Reduction Act, Congressman Will Hurd is calling on the DHS chief information officer to reduce the number of IT systems used by the agency. This story is part of Federal News Radio's weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:37am EDT

Big Data Analytics as a Service; Accelerating Your Big Data Strategy

Data is at the center of everything, providing opportunities for information-centric decision making and process improvement. Data is now viewed as an enterprise asset - No longer is technology the driving force in an IT environment. Information now drives future business decisions, not the technology. As data becomes a fundamental asset of the enterprise, organizations need to extract the most pertinent information out of existing data to create new value. Having this new wealth of big data information also presents challenges including analyzing the data and sharing it across organizations to get the most value out of it. Having the right analytics tools to look at the data is crucial coupled with trained staff that know what they are looking for and not overlook key information. While government agencies have domain expertise, they also need skilled data scientists, tools and infrastructure to unlock the value of their data assets. Buying products won't solve your data analytics problems. Big Data as a Service is an out of the box service that pairs a cloud platform with custom analytics. This approach allows rapid integration best of breed analytics with your unstructured data at a low cost entry-point where you pay only for what you actually need, not what you might need. It is unique in the government marketplace.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 02:01pm EDT

Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:19am EDT
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Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmndr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 09:14am EDT
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AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops headed to war zones using flawed intel analysis software

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:10am EDT
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