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12:34 pm, August 1, 2014

General Dynamics IT Solutions Center - Cloud

DoD to test cloud security requirements above, beyond FedRAMP

DISA is working with the services to identify a mission-critical application in the cloud to ensure the additional requirements for Level-3 security are appropriate and achievable. Meanwhile, the FedRAMP program office is beginning to consider what the program will look like in two to three to five years.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:01am EDT
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The majority of federal CIOs have migrated to cloud computing

Almost 90 percent of federal chief information officers say their agency has migrated to cloud computing in some way. That's according to a TechAmerica survey of about 60 federal CIOs and federal information technology professionals from 32 different agencies. More than one third of the respondents say they've already migrated their e-mail services, and about one in five have a cloud-based website or webpage service. One of the responding agencies expects to save more than $10 million a year from switching its enterprise e-mail system to the cloud. Federal systems are split in half between using private cloud providers and public cloud providers. Many CIOs are interested in expanding their cloud systems want to add new collaboration tools and a way to test new environments for their agencies.

Monday - 06/09/2014, 08:47am EDT

Too often, CIOs left wishing for funding for innovation, modernization

A new survey by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton found many agency chief information officers continue to spend too much on legacy systems and don't have money to develop or modernize new software or applications. But tools such as PortfolioStat are making a difference in helping senior IT managers understand and have a say in where money is spent in their agency.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:55am EDT
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Cloud technologies create FBI compliance issues

Cloud technologies are creating compliance problems for the FBI at the state level. Because of the security and privacy regulations for contractors working with the agency, regular state police officers have to jump through legal hoops to access FBI databases remotely to run checks on suspicious people from a laptop or their patrol car. The FBI requires a cloud provider to run criminal background checks on every one of its own employees in each location it wants a cloud service. Some states are already working with cloud providers to strike special compliance deals with the FBI so officers and contractors can earn special certification to interact with FBI databases through the cloud. Nextgov reports state agencies are now running special audits to make sure cloud contractors follow the FBI's regulations.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 06:17pm EDT

DoD and Intelligence community work together on new IT structures

The Defense Department and Intelligence community are starting to work together as they build similar paths to new enterprise information technology structures.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:19pm EDT

FedRAMP educational events coming up

The deadline to earn certification for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is only a couple of weeks away. The General Services Administration is scheduling two events to further educate cloud security vendors and federal agencies

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 06:05pm EDT

GSA's Sonny Hashmi a finalist for a Partnership for Public Service medal

A drive to push federal agencies to adopt cloud computing is earning a GSA employee some prestigious recognition. Sonny Hashmi is the acting chief information officer at the General Services Administration. He's a finalist for one of this year's Service to America Medals in the Management Excellence category, which is presented by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 11:16am EDT

DoD, intelligence community finding common enterprise IT ground

The intelligence community and the Defense Department are both trying to build IT networks that attempt to get rid of IT stovepipes. In the process, they've found a few ways to work together.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:39am EDT
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Bill proposes revised DoD cloud security requirements

Congress wants the Department of Defense to change its cloud security requirements in order to make them more vendor-friendly. Congressmen Derek Kilmer (D-Wa.) and Niki Tsongas (D-Ma.) are proposing the Defense Cloud Security Act to clarify its requirements and offer more opportunities for vendors to meet those standards.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 05:03pm EDT

GSA sets deadlines for compliance with new FedRAMP standards

Cloud computing providers who want to do business with the federal government will have to meet revised security standards by specific deadlines.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

Intel agencies ready to start deploying shared IT systems

After two years of planning, the intelligence community is ready to start deploying the set of common IT services that make up the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 03:54am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The next version of cloud security standards is under development, even as agencies race to comply with current ones. The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are kicking off FedRAMP 2.0 by incorporating new NIST guidance. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the agencies are keeping different standards aligned. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Version 2 of cloud cybersecurity standards coming soon

DoD CIO Teri Takai clarifies the Pentagon plans to use the FedRAMP baseline. DHS and GSA are working together to ensure the continuous diagnostics and monitoring program and FedRAMP are aligned. But questions remain around how other cyber initiatives fit into the cloud security program.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS cloud credential exchange almost ready, flood of GSA contract protests

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USPS' cloud exchange is almost ready to fly; GSA faces a flood of contract protests; and technology chairs shuffle at DHS and GSA.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 03:02pm EDT

FedRAMP cloud deadline looming amid updates to the program

Agencies must use only cloud services that have been approved under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) by June. OMB will receive more details on agency progress with the latest quarterly update through PortfolioStat. Meanwhile, FedRAMP's security baseline will be revised this summer.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 04:21am EST
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A preview of Healthcare Innovation Day

West Health's Kerry McDermott, and the Office of Science and Technology's chief science officer, Dr. Douglas Fridsma, will discuss this week's Healthcare Innovation Day, and new developments in healthcare interoperability.
February 4, 2014

Tuesday - 02/04/2014, 08:04pm EST
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12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

A new white paper from SafeGov recommended ways for agencies to move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said agencies need a clearer picture of how this integration could happen.

Thursday - 01/23/2014, 04:09am EST
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DISA's commercial cloud strategy remains a work in progress

The Defense Information Systems Agency says an eventual commercial cloud buy probably won't be bundled into a single contract vehicle, but in the meantime, DoD needs to work through challenges involving security, approval policy and network operations.

Wednesday - 01/22/2014, 04:30am EST
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DoD begins use of specialized cloud for big data analytics

The platform, called Acropolis, is initially being used only for network operations and cybersecurity data, but officials plan to expand it to help solve big data challenges around financial and acquisition information.

Wednesday - 01/15/2014, 02:43pm EST
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