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DOD losing its CISO

Jack Wilmer will resign as CISO of the Department of Defense at the end of the month to take a role in the private sector. Mark Hakun will take over Wilmer’s position in an acting capacity, according to a statement from DOD CIO Dana Deasy. “Jack Wilmer has been an incredible asset to the CIO office,” Deasy said. “It goes without saying that Jack is a true leader in his field.” Jackson has more on Wilmer's departure.

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Lawmakers question SBA IT updates

When the Small Business Administration's loan portals were overloaded by businesses seeking economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic, the agency made technical improvements to lessen the demand. Lawmakers, however, weren't satisfied with that response, saying SBA should've modernized those systems years ago, as originally planned. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Committee on Small Business’ Oversight Subcommittee, said: "The agency can’t rely on a system that is incapable of meeting high demand in a crisis." Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

VA hires head of DevSecOps

The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired a new IT official to head its DevSecOps efforts. Todd Simpson, formerly the CIO of the Food and Drug Administration a few years back, was sworn in Tuesday as deputy assistant secretary for DevSecOps. Most recently, Simpson was the chief product officer of the Department of Health and Human Services. More on Simpson's hiring.

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CMMC-certified platforms aid approval process for DOD contractors

Doing business with the Department of Defense has never been easy. But it’s about to get more complicated for defense contractors and suppliers who must now prove they can meet a complex set of cybersecurity requirements as part of the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, which is designed to stem the tide of intellectual property loss and data exfiltration within the military's complex supply chain. Hear more from the experts.


New chip designs put legacy systems on par with the cloud

Recent advances in microprocessor architecture and performance should give federal agencies a reason to take a second look at upgrading their legacy infrastructure, rather than just moving their operations to the cloud. Today’s faster, more flexible and efficient microprocessor offerings enable modern AI and machine learning workloads to work on-premise in ways that match the speed and performance of the cloud. Listen to the full conversation.

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