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Panetta warns DoD will respond to destructive cyber attacks

The Defense Secretary told a group of business leaders Thursday night the nation's critical infrastructure is vulnerable to online assaults that would take down systems and networks. Panetta said DoD is acting aggressively to get ahead of the problem through workforce training and through technology capabilities.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Leon Panetta , DoD , Business Executives for National Security ,

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Cross-agency priorities give cyber an in with non-IT officials

White House senior director for cybersecurity Andy Ozment said budget folks are getting a better understanding of why cybersecurity is important thanks to the administration's high- priority governmentwide goals. NIST also is helping push the cross-agency goals forward from a technical perspective.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , Donna Dodson , NIST , Andy Ozment , White House , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Trusted Internet Connections , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cross-agency goals ,

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:16am EDT

IT sharing at the center of the Intel community's second transformation

Al Tarasiuk, the chief information officer for ODNI and for the intelligence community, said the IC-IT Enterprise strategy is centralizing technology services across the 17 agencies.
October 11, 2012(Encore presentation November 22, 2012)

Tags: Technology , ODNI , Intelligence Community , Cloud computing , shared services , Al Tarasiuk , Ask the CIO

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , IRS , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , Cloud computing , information sharing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model ,

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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CFO Council extends contract to build debt-collection dashboard

GSA also renews a contract to improve its human resources shared service provider effort. The Federal Acquisition Institute will hold an industry day in November to discuss two new solicitations.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , FAI , GSA , CFO Council , Human Resources Line of Business , Deloitte , Booz Allen Hamilton , FedBizopps.gov ,

Monday - 10/08/2012, 04:54pm EDT

Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Tags: Acquisition , strategic sourcing , Contracting , DoD , GAO , DHS , VA , Energy , OFPP , Darrell Issa , SmartBUY , federal strategic sourcing initiative ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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DHS urged to hire 600 cyber ninjas

The Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyberskills submitted 11 recommendations to the DHS secretary on how to improve the agency's cyber workforce. The committee said DHS must define the skills needed to protect .gov networks. It also suggested setting testing and certification standards.

Tags: workforce , Technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Steve Myers , Homeland Security Advisory Council , Janet Napolitano ,

Friday - 10/05/2012, 05:44am EDT
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Army Research Lab stays flexible to meet IT needs

Rudy Mazariegos, ARL's acting chief information officer, said he's implementing the ITIL framework to help bring more discipline to the organization's processes.
October 4, 2012

Tags: Technology , Rudy Mazariegos , Army Research Lab , ITIL , Ask the CIO

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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OMB reemphasizes move to continuous monitoring in FISMA guidance

The annual reporting memo gives agencies 57 questions and answers as they prepare their 2012 cybersecurity report.

Tags: Technology , FISMA , OMB , DHS , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 03:48pm EDT

Big data gauntlet thrown down for agencies

Three agencies launched the Big Data Challenge Wednesday asking for ideas to bring together disparate data sets that help agencies meet their missions better. The contest is part of the administration's national big data development effort. The TechAmerica Foundation also released a new report to help agencies understand and use information more effectively.

Tags: Technology , big data , TechAmerica Foundation , NASA , NSF , Energy , Suzi Iacono , Bill Perlowitz , Wyle , Steve Lucas , SAP , Teresa Carlson , Amazon Web Services , Chief data officer , FCC , Steve Mills , IBM , challenges , contests ,

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:13am EDT
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