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White House Releases Cybersecurity Plan

The White House has recently released its cybersecurity plan, “The Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program.” Authors of the plan say the program promotes three main principles. Those principles include research aimed at cybersecurity deficiencies and focused on root causes of vulnerabilities, having the …

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White House Wants Increased IT Sharing Between Agencies

The White House is giving agencies until March of next year to submit plans to improve cross utilization of information technology services. In a 16 -age draft released Friday, the White House set forth a rough outline for its “Shared First” strategy, which is part of the Federal Information Technology …

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Navy CIO Wants More Small IT Firms Bidding for Contracts

In an effort to promote competition and diversity, the U.S. Navy‘s chief information officer said more small information technologies companies should compete for service contracts. In an interview with Federal News Radio, Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen said a “changing financial picture” is primarily responsible for the Navy’s outreach to smaller …

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Data.gov Entering Phase Two of Worldwide Launch

Data.gov was created as away to make datasets generated by the executive branch of the federal government more accessible to the public. In an effort to encourage other countries to build their own data.gov websites, the U.S. has formed a partnership with the government of India with hopes of launching …

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Top TechAmerica Official Gives FedRAMP Thumbs Up

The White House released the FedRAMP cloud computing strategy Thursday. It is the first step in the process, which Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel indicated will evolve as the FedRAMP process moves forward. Jennifer Kerber, vice president of homeland security at TechAmerica, also pointed to the fact that this is a …

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FedRAMP Gives Contractors, Agencies Guide to Securing Clouds

The long-anticipated guidance regarding how contractors can provide the federal government cloud solutions was unveiled Thursday after nearly two years of being in the works. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel issued a policy memo detailing how agencies will use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, to …

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NIST Budget Shows Some Shift Toward Cybersecurity

Government agencies say they are ever-focused on cybersecurity and the National Institute of Standards and Technology appears to be an example of that. The signed Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 gives NIST $750.8 million for fiscal 2012, which is a slight increase from fiscal 2011. However, one aspect that some …

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Cyber, IT Personnel Play Cyber War at Training Program

Cyber and information technologies professionals got a work out in a recent game called Cyber Flag, taking part in a training program where teams had to defend themselves by executing cyber operations. The U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Flag 12-1 exercise in the first week of November had some 300 in attendance, …

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