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TransUnion Study Shows Prevalence of Account Takeover Fraud in Public Sector; Jonathan McDonald Quoted

Jonathan McDonald

A study conducted by TransUnion and the Ponemon Institute has found that 53 percent of federal, state and local government agency leaders said they have seen an increase in threats related to account takeover fraud in the past two years. “Combatting fraud in each vector, from mobile to online portals, is an imperative and essential task that government agencies must address in 2021,” said Jonathan McDonald, executive vice president and head of TransUnion’s public sector business.

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Jamie Holcombe: Search Algorithms for Relevant Prior Art Benefit Patent Examiners

Jamie Holcombe

Jamie Holcombe, chief information officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), said machine learning algorithms have helped patent examiners speed up the process of searching concepts and gather in one place all the relevant prior art they need. “The ability to search, especially the big datasets, gets me so excited,” Holcombe said. 

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Stuart McGuigan: State Department Increases Agility, Centralized Tech Infrastructure

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, former chief information officer at the Department of State, stated that the department has become more agile today than when he arrived in 2018. Since joining the State Department, McGuigan has worked to streamline the Authorization to Operate process to increase efficiency. “We have been pushing for is software-as-a-service,” McGuigan said. 

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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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

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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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