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12/15/2020
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'A nightmare scenario'

Federal agencies were given until noon Monday, Washington time, to respond to a compromise by foreign hackers in SolarWinds' Orion software. Orion has been available to the government for years through a complicated array of contracts, and the software operates at the heart of some crucial federal systems. And while at least 32 federal agencies bought SolarWinds Orion software since 2006, we now know three large ones — the departments of Commerce, Homeland Security and the Treasury — have been affected by the breach. Some are calling it "a nightmare scenario." Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.


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Zero-trust guide is coming to DOD next year

The Department of Defense is set to get a zero-trust reference guide early next year. Developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency, NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, the document will provide a blueprint for defense agencies and IT shops to transition networks to a model that treats every user with the same heightened level of security. Jackson Barnett has more.


VA finishes IT overhaul for GI Bill education benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs has completed a major set of IT updates to more efficiently process education benefits for veterans. The fixes come after the VA encountered issues in recent years that kept some veterans from receiving their full GI Bill benefits. Essentially, the fix improves how the Veterans Benefits Administration interacts with veterans and allows for improved processing times, quick response to legislation and fewer manual workarounds, says the VA. Sara Wilson has this.


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New tools help agencies tap high-performance computing

Cloud computing is giving federal agencies the ability to run large-scale modeling and high-performance computing workloads. Not that long ago, that required coveted time slots on supercomputers. Recently the cost, time and latency issues around these projects have changed thanks to new capabilities available from the NetApp software solution that many federal agencies are already using on-premise, says Nic Perez, CTO at ThunderCat Technology, in a recent FedScoop podcast. Hear more from Perez.


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