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DoD standardizing, synchronizing cyber training

The department is creating and trying out a universal curriculum for five foundational cyber roles in 2013. DISA is leading the effort and will add new roles next year as it refines the training. The agency says it is doing all it can to synchronize its training not just across DoD, but across the entire federal government in line with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

Tags: DoD , workforce , readiness , cybersecurity , cybersecurity training , NIST , National Initiative for Cyber Education , Henry Sienkiewicz , Jared Serbu , AFCEA

Monday - 01/21/2013, 05:41am EST
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Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:39pm EDT

GSA changes its model for the next generation telecom effort

The Network Services 2020 initiative will not be a large worldwide contract as the Networx and FTS procurements were over the past 20 years. GSA still is developing the overall strategy, but plans to use a similar approach it used with DISA on the recent satellite communications contract.

Tags: technology , acquisition , industry , Kevin Gallo , GSA , Tony Bardo , Hughes Network Systems , telecommunications , Network Services 2020 , Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition , Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/04/2013, 05:24am EST
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As move to mobile grows, federal workforce adapts to new normal

The mobile revolution isn't new to many agencies. Laptops and BlackBerrys have been standard issue for many government executives for the last decade. What is different, however, is the widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers. Both agencies and citizens hold new and more immediate expectations because of these devices, and the government must adapt to this technololgy. In our special report, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile, Federal News Radio explores how some agencies are meeting the demand internally and externally for mobile devices and apps. The challenge, like any new technology, is ensuring these devices actually help meet mission goals and don't become just another shiny toy.

Tags: Gov 3.0: Its Mobile , mobility , technology , Lisa Wolfe , ACT-IAC , Advance Mobility Working Group , Rick Holgate , Sanjay Sardar , Federal Energy Regulatory Commission , NIST , MAS , Lisa Mascolo , Optimos , Kim Hancher , EEOC , Kathleen Frisbee , Veterans Health Administration , Veterans Affairs

Friday - 12/07/2012, 12:12pm EST

DoD opens bidding for secure mobile device project

DISA wants a secure mobile device manager and app store to support at least 162,000 Apple and Android mobile devices. Contract would begin next spring.

Tags: DoD , industry , technology , contracting , mobile computing , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 12:07pm EDT

DISA plots out five year plan to keep DoD's cyber edge

The Defense Information Systems Agency's recently released five-year strategic plan takes a multi-pronged approach to building what DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins calls "information superiority." Tony Montemarano, director of DISA's Strategic Planning and Information Directorate, joined Pentagon Solutions hosted by Francis Rose, to discuss how DISA leaders developed the new guidance.

Tags: technology , DoD , cybersecurity , Tony Montemarano , Ronnie Hawkins , In Depth , Francis Rose , Pentagon Solutions , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 04:12pm EDT
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DISA offers 'off-ramps' for military services' IT expenses

The Defense Information Systems Agency sees itself as a safety valve for increasing pressure on military services' IT budgets. At a meeting of CIOs last week, DISA told the military services they could offload commodity IT services to their data centers.

Tags: DoD , Army , Joint Information Environment , enterprise email , cloud computing , Ronnie Hawkins , Jared Serbu , AFCEA , technology , budget

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 05:51am EDT
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GAO denies SAIC protest of Defense IT contract

A massive contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in June to manage the Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Information Grid remains in place after the Government Accountability Office denied a bid protest from fellow contractor SAIC. Despite SAIC's allegations, GAO found DISA had reasonably evaluated Lockheed's proposal as well as claims of an organization conflict of interest.

Tags: Global Information Grid , SAIC , Lockheed Martin , GAO , Ralph White , Gerry Fasano , bid protest , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 04:18pm EDT

Influence of federal cyber workforce roadmap growing

Agencies and universities are refining job descriptions, revamping training and education programs and helping industry, academia and government to begin to reach consensus on the makeup of a modern-day cybersecurity workforce. The Office of Personnel Management also has made changes to personnel systems so that job descriptions map to the framework. The plan already has had in impact on cyber education at colleges and universities across the country.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , NIST , DHS , NSA , Peggy Maxon , Roger Greenwell , Charles Clancy , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Hume Center for National Security and Technology , Jared Serbu , INSA , workforce

Monday - 10/08/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Evaluating Better Buying and building DoD's cyber workforce

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, discusses which elements of the Better Buying Power Initiative have been successful. Plus, Henry Sienkiewicz, vice chief information assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency and Roger Greenwell, DISA's director for field security operations join us to talk about the agency's plan to build on its track record of information assurance training and develop modular, DoD-wide training for specific cyber roles across the military services.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Frank Kendall , Henry Sienkiewicz , Roger Greenwell

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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