Modernization News

5 Ways Cybersecurity Chiefs Can Support Emerging Tech

Government Technology (Oct/Nov 2019)

The Achilles’ heel to advances in technology will continue to be cybersecurity. New technologies will only continue making their way into government IT shops, and a smart management approach will ensure smooth adoption with cybermeasures in place.  Here are tips to help enable the benefits of emerging technologies and avoid the downsides.

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GSA Offers More Details on Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence

Nextgov (Oct. 8, 2019)

The General Services Administration is making artificial intelligence the sixth pillar of its Centers of Excellence program. After helping the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center accelerate its development of AI technologies and increase the Pentagon’s adoption of those tools, GSA officials see the opportunity to reapply that work to help the rest of the government reap the benefits of the emerging tech.

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NIST Looking for Partners to Secure Energy IoT

FCW (Oct. 7, 2019)

NIST is looking to enter into cooperative research agreements for products and technical expertise that can secure energy-related internet-of-things devices. The initiative marks the first foray into the energy sector for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, a clearinghouse for public and private sector cyber expertise.

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How a 2017 Law Accelerates Navy Cybersecurity

Fifth Domain (Oct. 4, 2019)

The Navy wants commanders to use a provision in the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act as a way to take more responsibility for cybersecurity under their purview as a way to help save millions of dollars in time and money, consistent with Navy acquisition chief James Geurts’ approach to pushing acquisition and procurement authorities down to the lowest levels possible as a way to make the service more agile and flexible.

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5G Emerges with Some Asterisks

FCW (Oct. 3, 2019)

Security, spectrum and network deployment are the big issues federal and commercial users are wrestling with as 5G services emerge, according to experts at a kick-off meeting of one of the industry/government partnerships formed to help federal agencies plan for the new wireless technology.

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Legacy Systems Held DHS’ Biometrics Programs Back. Not Anymore.

Nextgov (Oct. 3, 2019)

The Homeland Security Department is replacing the decades-old legacy system officials use to analyze biometric data with a cloud-based platform, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology System (HART), which is expected to bring more processing power, new analytics capabilities and increased accuracy to DHS’ biometrics operations.

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DOD to Lay Foundation for AI-based Cybersecurity

FedTech (Sept. 25, 2019)

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center plans to work with the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command and numerous DOD cybersecurity vendors to standardize data collection across the department, in line with the goals of the artificial intelligence strategy DoD released in February.

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Don’t Expect Major IT Acquisition Reforms in Next NDAA

Defense Systems (Sept. 23, 2019)

Defense acquisition experts say that lawmakers reconciling the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act are not expected to include major acquisition reform provisions, but rather to defer action on the most controversial tech procurement issues until at least next year.

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