150 Solutions to Agencies’ Cybersecurity Woes
The government’s eye in the sky is working on a way to understand more about what’s happening inside its own workers’ heads.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has been building a suite of software to assess the likelihood its employees could leak classified information, harm someone in the workplace or harm themselves. And now it’s planning to try a tool that “looks for emotion” by analyzing text in emails, work chats, social media and more.
One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to sign an executive order implementing an across-the-board hiring freeze in federal government.
The specific details of that freeze and its immediate impacts on IT are still being worked out — particularly whether any of those positions might be granted exemptions for national security and public safety purposes. But experts say the freeze and the forthcoming federal workforce attrition plan from the Office of Management and Budget could make the government an unattractive employer in a competitive market for a small pool of talent.
The Defense Information Systems Agency kicked off the acquisition process this week to build out the backend IT systems that will support the federal government’s new background investigation system, asking contractors to show what existing technologies they might have to support it.
DISA issued a request for information Tuesday for the National Background Investigation System, “the all-encompassing IT applications, storage, security, services, operations, and support for the National Background Investigation Bureau,” which the Office of Personnel Management conceived to replace the Federal Investigative Services in the wake of hacks on its personnel records and security clearance systems in 2014.
IDC Government Insights, in conjunction with FedScoop, has developed two new lists that for the first time rank leading IT providers to the federal government based on revenues from the sale of IT hardware, software and services.
These inaugural lists are unique from other industry lists, which traditionally reflect potential revenues based on multiyear contract awards. In contrast, these rankings are based on actual revenues generated from the sale of IT products and services during the federal government’s fiscal year 2015. Additionally, IDC has removed non-IT spending that may end up in IT contracts (such as management, consulting and energy costs), which don’t necessarily represent pure information technology products and services.