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AFS Appoints Chris Bjornson As Cloud Practice Lead and Ben Peavy As CIO

Accenture

Accenture Federal Services (AFS) announced on Monday that it has promoted two technology executives to support the mission-critical work the company provides on behalf of its government customers. Chris Bjornson has been named cloud practice lead and Ben Peavy has been named chief information officer (CIO).

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CISA Seeks Visibility Capabilities Via Cloud Log Aggregation Pilots; Brian Gattoni Quoted

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working with several agencies and departments on pilot programs to determine whether it is feasible to aggregate cloud logs into a system that could help CISA analyze data and identify cyber threats. 

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Beth Killoran: GSA Wants to Adopt Modular Cloud Approach

Beth Killoran

Beth Killoran, deputy chief information officer at the General Services Administration (GSA), said the agency wants to use cloud technology in new ways that would require a modular environment. Adopting a distributed, flexible cloud approach will help government agencies prevent cloud lock, as not all forms of cloud function the same way, the deputy CIO added.

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FBI, DHS Provide Information on Russian Intell Agency’s Cyber Exploitation Techniques

NCCoE Post-Quantum

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory to provide information on cyber tools and techniques used by Russian Foreign Intelligence Service actors to compromise government networks, information technology companies and think tanks. FBI also observed that SVR actors have transitioned from using malware to homing in on cloud-based platforms. 

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Sonny Bhagowalia: CBP’s Cloud Data Management Process Has Built-In Cybersecurity

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said the agency has baked in cybersecurity measures as part of its process for managing the life cycle of data in a cloud computing environment. Bhagowalia said on the Federal Monthly Insights show that CBP uses cloud technology to manage privacy and protect sensitive agency data from advanced persistent threats. 

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DOD’s Danielle Metz: 17 Impact Level 5 Owners Implement Security Configuration Guides in DOD 365 Cloud Environment

Danielle Metz

Seventeen Impact Level 5 tenant owners have made security configuration changes to a Microsoft 365 cloud environment being developed for use by the Department of Defense, according to Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise at the Pentagon. She added that the team will then move to bring-your-own-approved devices and desktops. 

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FCC Wants Advisory Panel to Focus on 5G Network Security; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Jessica Rosenworcel

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will reestablish a federal advisory committee by the end of June 2021 that will focus on improving the security of 5G networks. The Communications Security, Realibility and Interoperability Council will also review vulnerabilities related to software and cloud services and come up with mitigation strategies.

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Vertosoft and Digital.ai Announce Partnership to Deliver IT Services to the Federal Government; Chet Hayes Quoted

Vertosoft

Vertosoft announced Wednesday a partnership with Digital.ai to sell, market and distribute the Digital.ai platform to the U.S. government. Digital.ai will combine software orchestration and agile planning with application quality, security and artificial intelligence and machine learning in an integrated platform that enables agencies to transform their digital initiatives and drive outcomes.  

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Retired Maj. Gen. Michael Taheri Appointed Strategic Board Advisor for Sev1Tech; CEO Bob Lohfeld Quoted

Maj. Gen. Michael Taheri

Sev1Tech announced on Monday that Retired Major General Michael Taheri has joined the company as a strategic board advisor to provide leadership, vision and guidance to support the company’s growth goals and mission areas for their customers. Taheri served the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air National Guard for over 31 years. 

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DIA Eyes C2E Cloud Contract for Storage, Edge Computing; Jack Gumtow Quoted

Jack Gumtow

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) plans to use the Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) contract for storage, edge computing and other areas and Jack Gumtow, chief information officer of DIA, said storage-as-a-service is one of the capabilities he intends to focus on once C2E becomes ready. Gumtow was one of the panelists during the Potomac Officers Club’s 2nd Annual CIO Forum.

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