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Essye Miller named acting CIO at the Department of Defense

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 6 days ago

Miller will maintain some of her information security responsibilities as well, the DoD said.

Acquisition lead looks to save Pentagon tech from the ‘valley of death’

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

Ellen Lord's focus is set on bridging the gap between engineers in labs and warfighters on the battlefield as Pentagon's acquisition office splits in two.

Nancy Norton nominated to succeed Alan Lynn as next DISA director

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Her impending directorship still requires Senate confirmation, and the Pentagon hasn't yet specified an end to her predecessor Lynn's term.

Committee issues policy on mobile use in secured spaces

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The new directive simply allows for the use mobile devices in secured spaced, but "it doesn't mandate that these devices be allowed [there]."

Interoperability is passé — VA wants ‘seamless care’ with DOD

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Simply achieving interoperability between VA and DOD is no longer the goal.

Air Force needs help bringing broadband to every U.S. base

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The Air Force's lack of broadband on some installations isn't uncommon among the military services. It's a Defense Department-wide issue.

NDAA’s new protest pilot could send ripples through IT contracting

by Carten Cordell • 4 weeks ago

The pilot could have significant impacts on IT procurement beyond the defense sector as federal agencies seek to curb the number of protest awards.

How the Air Force’s new technology accelerator grew out of a simple school project

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 weeks ago

Plus, one cofounder's thoughts on what this says about the future of innovation in government.

DOD wants to improve multi-factor authentication around the world — not just at the Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

DOD wants to the rest of the world to benefit from its advances in digital identity assurance.

Virtualization the way of the future for Pentagon, DISA director says

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The Defense Department is making a greater push to software-based virtualization for its networks and data centers.

Project Maven right on schedule, Air Force’s Shanahan says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 month ago

The team mantra is "start small, stay focused and win early."

CSRA team nabs $163M endpoint security contract from DISA

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

CSRA will be in charge of leading the Defense Department's detection, deterrence, protection and reporting on cyberthreats across its networks.

World Wide Technology wins $35M DIUx cyber endpoint management contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The $35 million order is just part of a larger contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

Pentagon considering push to software-defined networking

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The Joint Service Provider believes SDN may be the answer to its modernization needs.

In the Army, ‘discipline’ is the key to balancing IT modernization and maintenance

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

U.S. Army Chief Data Officer Thomas Sasala said setting a plan and sticking to it is crucial.

Trump names DOD’s John Zangardi as DHS CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Zangardi most recently has been serving as the acting CIO of the Defense Department since his predecessor, Terry Halvorsen, left the department in February.

Defense Innovation Board narrows focus on culture change at DoD

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

Four "porto-recommendations" unveiled at a meeting on Tuesday center around skills and talent and empowering talent.

Quantum computing is coming for your encryption, it’s a matter of when

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

"It’s not something where we just see this is the United States and Russia and China. It’s all over the world and we are seeing billions of dollars being invested."

At Pentagon, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is for families too

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

DOD cyber officials want to pass along good cyber hygiene to their families departmentwide too.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

CIO Crawford pivots Army to DevOps to address network woes

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The new Army CIO says he hopes to get the service's network acquisition back on track.

Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.

Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.

Derived credentials enable the perfect balance between security and user experience on mobile devices

by FedScoop Staff • 3 months ago

NIST-compliant multi-factor authentication reduces IT friction, improves security for government users of smartphones and tablets.

Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

He will replace Mary Davie, who was recently promoted to acting deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.

Pentagon invests $17 million more in the promise of lasers

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Senator Martin Heinrich announced the investment while in New Mexico last week.

DISA taps rear admiral as its new vice chair

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

The agency selected communications specialist Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to help oversee its information technology and cyber operations.

Watchdog: USAID e-pay program captures less than 1 percent of targeted Afghan customs revenue

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

After spending $161 million to help stop customs corruption, USAID officials find their electronic payment system has fallen short of expectations.

John Sherman appointed CIO of the intelligence community

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Sherman will report directly to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Secretary Mattis ready to ‘enthusiastically embrace’ DIUx

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

"There is no doubt in my mind that DIUx will not only continue to exist, it will actually — it will grow in its influence and its impact on the Department of Defense," Secretary Mattis said while on a visit to Silicon Valley.

CIO Rob Foster departing Navy

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Foster's last day is Aug. 19, before joining the National Credit Union Administration as deputy CIO.

Army finds a new CIO in Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 months ago

Crawford assumed the post on Aug. 1.

DISA to replace JHITS with Pacific telecom upgrade in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 4 months ago

The agency said that it planned to upgrade its telecommunications operations in the Pacific Rim next year with a shift away from legacy systems.

NGA cyber chief Pearce leaves agency

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

Pearce left NGA in June for new military orders at the National Security Agency.

Watchdog: Pentagon needs stronger guidance for IoT device security

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

A GAO report found that the DOD’s policies on Internet of Things devices aren’t sufficient enough to guard against their potential security risks.

NGA wants to crowdsource its emergency response at Austin hackathon

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is again reaching out to the public for some fresh ideas on how to use its data with hackathon series.

Navy SEALs ink deal for anti-drone tech through DIUx acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Navy SEALs will soon have their six covered when it comes to drones.

MHS Genesis continues its test rollout to second pilot site

by Carten Cordell • 5 months ago

DHA officials said the electronic health records system is now operational at a medical facility servicing more than 20,000 outside of Seattle.

House adds cybersecurity amendments to its version of defense bill

by FedScoop Staff • 5 months ago

Debate on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included the addition of several amendments intended to improve cybersecurity within the federal government, and particularly within the military.

FITARA extensions proposed for House’s 2018 NDAA

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

Three provisions are set to sunset in late 2018 and 2019.

DIUx procuring mobile endpoint security software on behalf of Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 5 months ago

The Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental listed a solicitation for a commercially available solution that can "actively vet applications to standards on DoD mobile devices, limiting downloads of certain applications, and stopping malicious activities."

Military testing behavioral ID technology that would replace CAC card

by FedScoop Staff • 5 months ago

The Pentagon has finally inked a deal to pilot behavioral biometric technology to identify those using its computer networks, more than a year after its CIO first pledged to get rid of the ubiquitous Common Access Card.

Pentagon falling behind on prototyping, watchdog finds

by Ryan Johnston • 5 months ago

The Defense Department lacks a comprehensive strategy to maintain prototyping and innovation initiatives, a new GAO report found.

An end of the Pentagon CIO? Senate NDAA would split the position

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

The Senate version of the $700 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2018 would split the Defense Department CIO responsibilities among new chief management officer and chief information warfare officer positions.

Kaspersky products would be banned from Pentagon under Senate bill

by FedScoop Staff • 6 months ago

Products from the Moscow-based cybersecurity company would be banned from the Department of Defense under a version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill.

Lord nominated to head Pentagon acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

If confirmed by the Senate, Lord would serve as undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics until February 2018, when that role splits to form two new offices.

Pentagon will soon hold contractors to elevated cyber standards

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

An updated regulation requires all vendors who do business with the department to more safely guard "covered defense information" that is transmitted to or stored in their systems or networks for contracted work.

New insider threat training regulations take effect for defense contractors

by Karen Epper Hoffman • 6 months ago

The new requirement demands that all cleared government contractors must complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information.

Persistent Systems awarded $100 million FBI smart radio contract

by Michael Bergin • 6 months ago

The contract gives the FBI access to the MPU5 system, designed to establish secure networks in any location, incorporating Android computer technology into flexible, self-healing network building in a compact, durable module.

FCC announces updates to Mapping Broadband Health initiative

by Ryan Johnston • 6 months ago

The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force announced on June 8 that their Mapping Broadband Health in America Platform will be updated to reflect new data.

New CIO taking over at Air Force

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Lt. Gen. Bradford Shwedo will take over as CIO of the Air Force on Friday, a spokesperson told FedScoop.

Intelligence agency taps FCC’s David Bray to lead new innovation office

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

The NGA has tapped FCC CIO David Bray to lead its Ventures and Innovation Office starting next month.

Sensitive Pentagon files found unsecured on AWS server

by FedScoop Staff • 7 months ago

A cybersecurity analyst discovered more than 60,000 sensitive Defense Department files on a publicly accessible Amazon Web Services server after contractor Booz Allen Hamilton appears to have left them there unsecured.

Bill would require Pentagon to tell Congress about active ‘special cyber operations’

by FedScoop Staff • 7 months ago

U.S. defense officials already notify lawmakers about such operations, but do so at their own discretion as there is no specific law currently in place to guide these private discussions.

Standalone U.S. Cyber Command would take big budget bump, Adm. Mike Rogers says

by FedScoop Staff • 7 months ago

The U.S. Cyber Command would need a 16 percent increase in its budget to separate itself from the NSA and become a full-fledged combatant command, Adm. Mike Rogers told House lawmakers Tuesday.

DARPA wants you to help explore next-gen radio uses

by Grayson Ullman • 7 months ago

The Software Defined Radio Hackfest aims to engage global scientific and engineering communities in charting the future of radio.

Pentagon automating its Cybersecurity Scorecard

by Billy Mitchell • 7 months ago

The department is looking to release the Cybersecurity Scorecard 2.0 in the near future to replace the "static," self-reported version, said acting DOD CIO John Zangardi.

Air Force launches bug bounty program

by FedScoop Staff • 8 months ago

The Air Force launched its own bug bounty program Wednesday dubbed “Hack the Air Force.”

Box receives DOD Level 4 cloud authorization

by Billy Mitchell • 8 months ago

Box has received authorization for its cloud platform to handle more sensitive Defense Department data, the storage and file-sharing company announced Wednesday.