Tag Archives: information security

OIG Urges DHS to Improve Data Collection, Management

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of inspector general (OIG) called on DHS to improve data collection and management activities after it had found that persistent data quality issues hamper the department’s daily use of some of the diverse and largest databases to support decision-making processes and mission operations.

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DOD OIG Audit Highlights Need for Proper Tracking of Other Transactions Awarded Via Consortia

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The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that DOD contracting personnel establish policies for tracking other transaction agreements awarded through consortia and work with the General Services Administration to update the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation to better track OT data. DOD should also establish controls to ensure the security of information. 

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

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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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Ankura Names Ted Theisen Senior Managing Director, Cyber Practice

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Ankura has appointed Ted Theisen as a senior managing director of the company’s Cyber Practice. He brings more than two decades of experience to Ankura, across both the private and public sectors. Throughout his career, Theisen has worked to design and modernize information security programs and systems. 

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Andrew Turner Joins Booz Allen Hamilton Leadership Team to Drive Digital Transformation

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Booz Allen Hamilton has appointed Andrew Turner as an executive vice president and market strategy leader for the company’s global commercial business. Turner will report to Bill Phelps, executive vice president and leader of Booz Allen’s global commercial cyber business. “We are thrilled that Andrew will bring his C-level experience and perspective as a cybersecurity practitioner to our team,” said Phelps. 

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

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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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OPM IG Issues Report on FY 2020 FISMA Compliance Efforts

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The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its final audit for the agency’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) for fiscal year 2020. According to the report, OPM is working to develop an enterprise risk management strategy as well as baseline configurations for information systems.

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FRC Partners with AFS to Advance Cybersecurity Solutions for Federal Government; Jeremy Young, Aaron Faulkner Quoted

Aaron Faulkner

Federal Resources Corporation (FRC) has partnered with Accenture Federal Services (AFS) to advance cybersecurity solutions to the federal and public sector departments and agencies. "Organizations like FRC help federal departments and agencies ensure the security and privacy of their mission and that’s why we selected them as a strategic partner,” said Aaron Faulkner, managing director, AFS.

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Mark Esper Announces Operations Security Training Requirements for All DoD Personnel

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Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a memoabout DoD’s new operations security training requirements for civilian employees, service members  and on-site contractors, Government Executive reported Thursday.

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