Tag Archives: ATO

Air Force Advances ‘White Hat’ Hacking; Lauren Knausenberger Quoted


The U.S. Air Force is increasing its use of ethical hackers to simulate cyber attacks on its information technology networks and Lauren Knausenberger, chief transformation officer at the service, said a $75 million blanket purchase agreement the service signed with cybersecurity firm Dark Wolf in February is an example of that, FedScoop reported Monday.

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GSA, GAO Partner in Centers of Excellence Initiative to Address Strategy, Technology Challenges; Anil Cheriyan, Bob De Luca Quoted

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative to accelerate establishing and operationalizing an Innovation Lab at GAO and provide additional technical infrastructure and cloud configuration support, the administration announced on Tuesday

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Census Bureau Wants to Build AI Bot to Accelerate ATO Processing

The Census Bureau aims to develop an artificial intelligence-based tool to streamline and speed up the process to grant authority to operate for new systems and applications, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The effort is being led by the Census FISMAtic team. Officials said the AI bot would work like the Clippy automated assistant that supported Microsoft Office products from 1997 to 2007.

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Air Force Looks to Use Fast-Track ATO to Accelerate Cloud Migration

The U.S. Air Force expects the new streamlined process to secure the authorization to operate certification will allow the service to move up to 100 applications to the cloud in 2019, FCW reported Friday. Bill Marion, deputy chief information officer of Air Force, said the Fast-Track ATO pilot announced that it only takes six to 18 months to obtain a certification in March.

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Navy Moves Forward in Improving Access to Sailor Data

The U.S. Navy secured an Authorization to Operate for its Sea Warrior Program, allowing the service to employ new cloud technologies in the Authoritative Data Environment. ADE allows personnel in the field to analyze data in a development testing environment before sharing it to the fleet, the Navy said Tuesday. Sailors currently use multiple computer systems to transfer information, which has high risk of moving inconsistent data from one system to another during the process. 

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Fast Track Authority Helps Air Force Deploy, Secure IT Systems

The U.S. Air Force continues to implement a new process that reduces the time required for securing authority to operate information technology tools from a year to just weeks, FedScoop reported Monday. The service is using Fast Track ATO that Matt Donovan, undersecretary for the branch, unveiled in March to allow officials to speed up deployment and assessment of new software and systems. 

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