Cyber Security

Why Modernization Is Key to National Cyber Strategy

The president’s executive order on cybersecurity emphasizes systems modernization and cloud as a first step toward emphasizing protection of data rather than the network itself.

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Proactive Resilience: The Future of Cybersecurity

Today’s state of the art in cybersecurity is operational resilience – the ability to keep operating in the midst of a disruptive attack. Tomorrow’s state of the art is what Carnegie Mellon CERT’s Summer Fowler calls “prosillience” – the ability to anticipate and adapt before disruptions strike. Here’s how we’ll get from now to then.

Can Micro Certifications Match Government’s Real-World Needs?

Certifications have become the standard to prove one’s knowledge of a set of skills. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, 73 percent of federal agencies require their IT staff members to hold information security certifications. To stay abreast of rapid technological change, micro certifications, which provide shorter, more focused specialized training on a specific skill set needed for a given job, might be as just effective but less costly and time-consuming.

What We’re Reading

DoD’s Acting Acquisition Chief Looks To Purge ‘The Stupid’ From IT Procurement

The new administration’s extended transition process has led to an unusual circumstance in which there are literally zero politically-appointed acquisition officials anywhere in the Defense Department. Such a scenario might seem like an unlikely time for DoD to make major changes to the way it buys information technology, but that’s exactly what the career civil servant who’s currently leading the department’s vast acquisition apparatus hopes to do over the next year.

DISA Director Discusses Priorities and Challenges for Agency

Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn took over as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency in July 2015, assuming leadership of the agency after previously serving as vice director and as chief of staff. He’s also spent time leading Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and Army Signal Center of Excellence, priming him to lead the Defense Department’s mission-critical IT agency.

Census Announces Test Plans for 2017, 2018

The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.