Modernization News

Alliance for Digital Innovation Commends Release of National Cybersecurity Strategy

The Alliance for Digital Innovation commends the release of the National Cybersecurity Strategy and its comprehensive approach to enhancing our nation’s digital security. We appreciate the Strategy’s focus on replacing legacy systems with more secure technology, including through accelerating migration to cloud-based services, along with its emphasis on public-private collaboration, investments in zero trust technology and innovation, and the development of a diverse and robust national cyber workforce.

There are many areas outlined in the strategy that will require partnership with industry, and we look forward to working with Congress, the Office of the National Cyber Director, and federal agencies to shape the implementation of the Administration’s cybersecurity initiatives.

The True Price of Technology Debt

ADI’s Ross Nodurft discusses the recent NOTAM outage at the Federal Aviation Administration and the risks of technology debt at government agencies in a commentary for Federal News Network. “Legacy code bases and mainframe technology have served a purpose, but modernization and migration to cloud computing offer advantages that need to be taken, including the ability to build in resiliency and redundancy, something that could have potentially helped FAA in this situation,” he writes.

Read the article here.

Letter on Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

The Alliance for Digital Innovation sent a letter to the Director of the Office and Management and Budget and the Administrator of the General Services Administration to suggest priorities as they update the FedRAMP authorization policy and additional FedRAMP guidance. The Alliance for Digital Innovation is invested in working with GSA and OMB and other stakeholders to build a flexible, long term program that allows federal agencies to manage their risk while lowering the barrier to entry for commercial, modern cloud solutions.

Read the letter here.

Industry Letter on Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act

The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing, Computer & Communications Industry Association, NetChoice, TechNet, and ADI sent a letter to Congressional leadership to ask the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to prioritize the enactment of the Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act by the end of the calendar year.

Read the full letter here.

Alliance for Digital Innovation Statement on National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2022 – The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) appreciates the work of the House and Senate Committees to provide the Department of Defense with authorization through the NDAA to invest in modern, cloud-based infrastructure and applications. We appreciate the Committees’ responsiveness to industry input on a number of topics addressed by the bill.

Specifically, ADI is encouraged that Congress heard industry’s concerns regarding Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) requirements. The removal of this language will benefit current Administration and industry efforts to develop a standardized approach to SBOMs across federal civilian and defense agencies. ADI will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to implement secure software development practices, mature SBOMs, and improve the nation’s security.

ADI also supports inclusion of the FedRAMP authorization legislation in the NDAA.  ADI believes that authorizing FedRAMP is the first step to fully and robustly resourcing the program so that it can accredit the many cloud-based technologies the government needs. Rep. Connelly, Rep. Comer, Sen. Peters, and Sen. Portman deserve credit for pushing this legislation over the finish line.  ADI will continue to work closely with GSA and the FedRAMP PMO to improve the processes and throughput to continue to facilitate secure, modern cloud-based environments across the government.

Alliance for Digital Innovation Welcomes Okta as New Member

Washington, DC – October 17, 2022 – The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI), which works to bring state-of-the-‎art information technology to the U.S. government for enhanced efficiency and security, welcomes Okta, one of the leading independent identity and access management providers, as its newest member. 

‎“We are thrilled to add Okta to our organization’s growing membership,” said ADI Executive Director Ross ‎Nodurft. “We look forward to partnering with them to help federal and state governments invest in innovative technology to make their operations more efficient and secure.”‎

“Federal, state, and local government agencies are building the pillars for Zero Trust security by putting modern identity and access management technologies at the foundation of their digital transformation,” said Jim Green, Okta’s Vice President, Global Government Affairs. “Okta is proud to join ADI to work alongside our public and private sector partners to advance our nation’s cybersecurity posture.”

ADI’s key priorities include:

  1. Enabling public sector entities to invest in modern, cloud-based technology that underpins critical public sector missions and creates a more digital government.
  2. Ensuring that public sector acquisition practices allow for and encourage investments in emerging technology.
  3. Building smart cybersecurity policies, practices, and programs that leverage and promote modern technology and practices.
  4. Helping government agencies attract and grow the right technology talent to capture the efficiencies and opportunities created by use of a modern, cloud-based technology.

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About Okta

Okta is one of the leading independent identity providers. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With more than 7,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta provides simple and secure access to people and organizations everywhere, giving them the confidence to reach their full potential. More than 16,400 organizations, including JetBlue, Nordstrom, Slack, Takeda, Teach for America, and Twilio, trust Okta to help protect the identities of their workforces and customers.