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Army aims to introduce new technology to soldiers

The Army has a request for information out to see how it can introduce 4G LTE mobile technology to soldiers on the battlefield. The Army wants to see how 4G can help with battlefield intelligence and communication, and keep those capabilities on a wireless network. It hopes the technology can be tailored to help individual soldiers interact and contribute to the battlefield network. The Army wants the network to support video, voice and text communications. Responses to the ROI are due on October 6th.

Tags: Army , 4G LTE , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:50pm EDT

The state of Healthcare.gov cybersecurity

The oversight spotlight falls on Healthcare.gov and its cybersecurity this week. Wednesday, September 17th, sees the results of an investigation by the Government Accountability Office into the site's security controls. Thursday includes testimony from Marilyn Tavenner, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her testimony includes analysis of a recent cyber attack.

Tags: HealthCare.gov , GDIT Enterprise Center , HHS , GAO

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:37pm EDT

USPS discovering compliance issues with cloud contracts

The Postal Service has some compliance issues with its cloud computing contracts.

Tags: USPS , NIST , cloud computing , FedRAMP , compliance , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:31pm EDT

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.

Tags: EPA , Albert Schmidt , cloud , GDIT Enterprise Center

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

Cybersecurity Awareness Months plans underway

Plans for the 11th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month are underway at the Department of Homeland Security. DHS will partner up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to offer different events each week catered for federal agencies, individuals, and private companies. Week One will focus on the basics of cybersecurity. Starting in Week Two the topics get a little more specific. You can learn about how to develop more secure IT products, including cloud systems, and in Week Four the theme is cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses. DHS and the National Cyber Security Alliance hope the outreach will strengthen and build cybersecurity best practices for both private companies and federal agencies.

Tags: Cybersecurity Awareness Month , GDIT Enterprise Center , DHS , National Cyber Security Alliance

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 11:18am EDT

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.

Tags: NNSA , cloud , Fukushima , Japan , GDIT Enterprise Center

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

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.

Tags: cloud , DSI , Cloud Tech and Government IT Summit , GDIT Enterprise Center

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

EPA unsure on cloud contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the dark with its cloud contracts. EPA's Inspector General says the agency doesn't know how many cloud contracts it has, nor how secure they are. For an investigation, the IG chose a contract that met the definition of a cloud system. But the EPA didn't report it as a cloud contract because it didn't have "cloud" in the description. The agency's also using a sub-contractor that's not compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The IG says the company might not have the capability to access its cloud system hardware so the office can investigate. The EPA didn't even know it was buying a cloud system at the very start of the contracting process. The IG says the agency wasn't aware cloud computing was part of the system it was procuring.

Tags: EPA , cloud , FedRAMP , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 10:45am EDT

Special cloud category for GSA's IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration will add a special cloud category to its IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. GSA wants to consolidate the contract's cloud options under a specific special item number. Right now the agency lists the cloud options under a variety of different numbers, so agencies browsing the system can't find them all in one place. GSA says the new approach will help small agencies in particular. The cloud-specific number will have its own subcategories of cloud-specific services, too. GSA wants industry recommendations on how to do it: a request for information is out on how best to differentiate the types of cloud services Schedule 70 includes. The deadline for the cloud industry to respond to GSA's request for information is August 6th. You can find the RFI on Fed Biz Opps.

Tags: GDIT Enterprise Center , GSA , cloud , IT Schedule 70

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:40am EDT

The correlation of mobile devices and IT problems

The complexity of adding mobile devices to federal networks makes them more susceptible to IT problems. That's according to a survey of federal network managers by MeriTalk. They say virtualization, complex mobile systems, and cloud computing are causing network disruptions that prevent agencies from carrying out their missions. The network managers believe they can cut the complexity of their agency's network in half, which they say could reduce their agency's IT spending by 20 percent.

Tags: mobile devices , IT , MeriTalk , GDIT Cyber Reports , GDIT Enterprise Center

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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