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Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
September 16, 2014

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Army Contracting Command running through the doors that cloud opens

Gino Magnifico, the chief information officer of the Army Contracting Command, said the move to a zero-client setup for its desktop computers and the development of lighter weight apps to be used anywhere in the world is a direct result of having a mature cloud infrastructure.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:34pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shrinking agency budgets and the widespread use of cloud computing is starting to address a longstanding problem for agencies, Shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission or knowledge of the agency's CIO. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained how agencies are starting to shine the light on this rogue IT on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:59am EDT
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Cloud, budget reductions helping CIOs pull IT out of the shadows

NASA CIO Larry Sweet has mandated enterprise services first for all commodity IT. Other agencies, such as GSA and Interior, are trying to find the right balance between giving field offices latitude and rigid IT requirements.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:12am EDT

Claire Giordano, Senior Director, Quantum

These days, it's only a matter of time before the next data breach occurs. Just ask Home Depot, it could also be your agency. Hackers recently breached HealthCare.gov and installed malicious software. Although the attack took place in July, it took the Health and Human Services Department more than a month to detect it. Claire Giordano is a senior director at Quantum. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how network forensics can play a critical role in protecting agencies' data.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 10:01am EDT
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Managing complex IT systems

Rebecca Halstead, president of the local chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis and David Pradko, vice president of Finance for the IIBA, will how their organization can help your agency with its software development projects.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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Dave McClure lands at cloud, cyber company as chief strategist

Former GSA official Dave McClure left government in June and now is an executive at the Veris Group.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 11:30am EDT
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What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT

Tips on how to manage your network

Chris LaPoint, vice president of Product Management for SolarWinds will discuss how his company can help your agency manage its information technology system.
August 26, 2014

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:47pm EDT
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Ran Canetti, Modular Approach to Cybersecurity, Boston University

Boston University researchers think they've found a new way to build a cybersecurity system. The Modular Approach to Cloud Security wins a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. The goal is to build a cloud made up of small functional components, each with their own security capabilities. Ran Canetti is director of the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cybersecurity at Boston University and leads the project. He explained what a clear and transparent cloud might look like on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
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DoD revisiting security guidelines for commercial cloud

The Defense Information Systems Agency, which serves as the broker between Defense Department components and commercial providers of cloud computing services, says the certification standards it set for commercial providers may be too arduous for vendors. DoD also launched five pilots to test the use of commercial cloud providers and is reassessing how it develops cloud requirements.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Air Force banking on role-based authentication system to lock down data

The service will test out a role-based authentication technology on an application in the MilCloud run by DISA. Frank Konieczny, the Air Force's chief technology officer, said the pilot could move into full production in six months. DoD is considering adding the role-based capability to the JIE framework.

Friday - 08/15/2014, 07:16am EDT

Office of Naval Research heeds lessons learned in latest move to cloud

Gary Wyckoff, the chief information officer of the Office of Naval Research, said ONR is on the cusp of putting several applications in the cloud. He said mobility is a more difficult road to travel.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Cloud computing may help in nuclear radiation disaster response

Cloud computing could help the federal government respond to a catastrophic nuclear radiation disaster. The National Nuclear Security Administration just finished a test run of a cloud-based data collection system that combines radiation measurements from states across the country. The agency says the inspiration for how the system works comes from observing the impact of the Fukishima reactor leak in Japan. NNSA coordinated the test run with 200 people working from 38 different states. Together they collected and analyzed 21,000 measurements of environmental radiation around the country to see if anything was out of the ordinary. The 200 participants took water and soil samples, and luckily they didn't find anything of catastrophic proportions. NNSA says it's expanding the use of the cloud system to other agencies, too.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 11:13am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department soon will name pilot programs for putting more sensitive data in a cloud that's not run by the military. More broadly, the DoD chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where DoD is heading. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:11am EDT
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DoD to test commercial cloud for some sensitive data

Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting chief information officer, is planning to change the way the military uses and manages its network. The Joint Information Environment is driving many of the modernization efforts across DoD.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 05:22am EDT
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SEC employees harness big data, cloud to open up savings and new possibilities

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day, but it took the agency weeks and months and analyze them. The SEC quietly found a way to speed up that process and save about $3 million at the same time. In part four of our special report, ,Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in millions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:46am EDT
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Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
August 12, 2014

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 08:27pm EDT
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FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Bajinder Paul, the Federal Trade Commission CIO, said a new modernization roadmap will bring operational capabilities to employees, aggregate policies and major acquisition initiatives across the agency and, most importantly, create a path for innovation.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 09:07am EDT
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DSI hosting Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit

The Defense Strategies Institute will host its Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit in a little over a month. The summit will run on September 23rd and 24th at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Defense Strategies Institute will offer training and educational seminars in a Town Hall format. DSI says federal agency leaders and innovators in cloud computing will join Industry experts for interactive speeches and debates. The overall focus of the summit is acquiring and securing cloud technology for civilian federal agencies and the DoD. DSI says it will also take a deep dive into IT modernization plans, data center consolidations, and IT infrastructure diversification. You can still register to attend the summit and active duty military and government employees can attend for free.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 10:58am EDT
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