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DISA News

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contrac

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency are preparing for a significant restructuring of the organization. They hope it will make the IT agency more agile, and more able to cope with its increasing responsibilities in a time of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:13am EDT
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DISA to restructure with eye toward more agility, Cyber Command

The Defense Information Systems Agency will begin to shake up its organizational chart in significant ways beginning on Oct. 1. But officials, so far, are reluctant to discuss the details.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:24am 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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On DoD: DISA data center closures, Defense IT acquisition reform

David Bennett, the agency's Chief Information Officer and Alfred Rivera, the vice director for strategic planning join us to talk about DISA data center consolidation strategy and the path ahead.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 12:12pm EDT
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Over six years, DISA cuts inventory of large data centers from 18 to 10

The Pentagon's main IT provider shuttered its large data center in Huntsville, Alabama. in May, leaving only 10 of its large Defense Enterprise Computing Centers in its inventory. The mission of those remaining DECCs, however, is growing, not shrinking.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 06:08pm EDT
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NSA revamps processes to more quickly approve commercial technology

The National Information Assurance Partnership, the U.S. implementation of what was supposed to be a faster, cheaper process to verify the cybersecurity of commercial IT products, turned out to be so slow and expensive that few companies could afford to go through it. But officials said they hope a recent overhaul in the procedures will breathe new life into the program.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:35am EDT
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DISA requesting new mobile app buying strategy

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants a discount on smartphone applications. DISA has a request for information out asking vendors to suggest a new mobile app buying strategy. It wants industry input on the best way to purchase commercially developed applications. It also wants advice for how to connect the apps to DoD's secure mobile systems. Responses to the RFIs are due by July 11th. The Pentagon hopes to securely handle at least 100,000 unclassified mobile devices connecting to its systems by September.

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:49pm EDT

U.S. Cyber Command wants DISA to take greater role in DoD cyber defense

Under a construct that's still under discussion, the Defense Information Systems Agency would take charge of some portion of DoD's cyber defenses under a new Joint Force Headquarters.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 03:46am EDT
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Alan Dabbiere, Chairman, Airwatch by VMware

When it comes to adopting mobile computing, the Defense Department moves about as fast as a Sherman tank in the mud. It wants to get things just right so mobile devices don't compromise network security. One hurdle for software vendors is the Security Technical Implementation Guide, or STIG. Without it, their stuff can't be used on DoD networks. Airwatch makes mobile device management software, and it just received STIG certification. Founder Alan Dabbiere joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to explain how the process works.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 09:59am EDT
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DoD accelerates cybersecurity upgrade in Europe

The Pentagon will complete the Joint Regional Security Stacks in the European theater by the end of this year, two years earlier than planned. DoD already has begun to construct this regional cyber approach in the U.S. as part of its Joint Information Environment program.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 05:07am 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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DoD enters $40.5M joint contract for Adobe products

The Pentagon leverages the buying power of 2.6 million DoD personnel in the Air Force, Army and Defense Information Systems Agency in signing joint enterprise license agreement with CDW-G.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:18pm EST

By owning, operating network, Marines set the table for the JIE

Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, the Marines Corps CIO, said the service is updating its network hardware and collapsing five unclassified networks into one.
February 13, 2014

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 01:55pm EST
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5 tips for small businesses to get ahead in 2014

Experts offer advice to small firms at the AFCEA NOVA event Tuesday to prosper in the federal marketplace.

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 04:23am 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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On DoD: DARPA, DISA and ONR discuss the latest on mobile technology and security

Director of the Defense Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar says DARPA's budget wasn't decimated by sequestration, but it is being slowly eroded. The Office of Naval Research and the Marine Corps team up for technology demonstration. John Moniz, ONR program manager, says marines on the front lines can get real-time data using smartphones. At the recent AFCEA Mobile Symposium, Defense Information Systems Agency officials talk about mobile security possibilities.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:04pm EST
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DoD tackles mobile device authentication through several pilots

As the Defense Department builds out a technology infrastructure that's designed to be the latest generation of commercial mobile devices into users' hands, it's still unsure how to meet a key security requirement: identity management systems that comply with the military's existing requirements for secure user authentication.

Monday - 11/25/2013, 04:04am EST
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DISA reassessing need for commercial cloud services

The Defense Information Systems Agency said it doesn't expect the demand to be as great as initially thought as it developed a contract worth $450 million.

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 04:06pm EST
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