Tag Archives: data security

CDO Council’s Ted Kaouk on Data-Sharing Initiatives, Interagency Collaboration

Ted Kaouk

Ted Kaouk, chairman of the Chief Data Officers Council, has said that the council’s recently created data sharing working group is assessing needs to balance security and governmentwide data sharing. Kaouk said that the CDO Council is looking at ways to “blend data across agencies” to leverage key information. Kaouk's comments come after the CDO Council submitted its first report to Congress.

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Tom Sasala: Navy Eyes Enterprise Data Environment, Advanced Access Controls

Tom Sasala

Tom Sasala, chief data officer of the U.S. Navy, said the service branch intends to implement a modernized data architecture as it works to execute a holistic approach to data governance. The modernization effort includes the implementation of a data environment called Jupiter to support the use of complex access controls. 

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Department of the Navy Announces Formation of DevSecOps Task Force

DevSecOps

The Department of the Navy is establishing a DevSecOps task force to help speed up software development and delivery and improve data security, FCW reported Friday. The Jan. 15 memo states that the task force will provide the information superiority executive steering group with a set of recommendations within two months to facilitate the creation of a strategy for enterprisewide DevSecOps implementation.

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NGA’s Andy Brooks on Efforts to Deploy Cloud for Secure, Unclassified Data Access

Andy Brooks

Andy Brooks, chief data scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has said the agency was able to harness cloud to provide access to secure but unclassified data for its remote staff. Brooks told the publication that NGA modified its data-access strategy and launched an effort to balance data protection with value delivery for global users. 

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DHS Warns US Companies of Data Security Risks Posed by Firms With Ties to Chinese Gov’t; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released an advisory warning U.S. businesses of security risks associated with using data services and equipment from companies with ties to the Chinese government.The Data Security Business Advisory highlights the risk posed by data theft sponsored by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

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Inspector General Report: State Dept. Faces Persistent Information Security Challenges

Cybersecurity

The State Department’s office of inspector general has released a report saying the agency has initiated steps to improve its information security program but continues to face significant issues and control weaknesses that increase its vulnerability to cyber threats and attacks. The document also uncovered issues with user access controls and records management. 

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OMB Chief Russell Vought Releases Memo on FISMA Reporting Requirements for FY 2021

Russell Vought

Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has issued a memo detailing reporting requirements and deadlines for agencies in fiscal year 2021 in compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014. Vought said the updated FISMA guidance directs agencies to report to OMB the status of their data security programs. 

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NIST Releases Draft Guidance on Data Integrity, Ransomware Protection

Data Integrity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft guidance to help agencies ensure the integrity of their data against ransomware threats in line with recognized cybersecurity requirements. The effort comes as part of NCCoE’s data integrity projects to improve understanding of architectures, capabilities and other resources to support a comprehensive data integrity strategy.

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Maria Roat: SBA Addresses Cyber Threats Amid Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Maria Roat, chief information officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said SBA’s security operations team is implementing SBA Connect authentication for new capabilities and performing penetration testing to address data security issues during the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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