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CISA’s Jay Gazlay: Gov’t Must Update Identity Management Standards for Cloud Operations

Protective DNS service

Jay Gazlay, technical strategist at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has said the government must establish an updated guidance on identity management following the SolarWinds large-scale data breach. Devices in general must have in place basic configurations such as those offered by Microsoft for authentication and email traffic monitoring, according to Gazlay.

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CISA Asks Agencies to Apply Patches to Microsoft Exchange On-Premises Servers Via Emergency Directive

Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an emergency directive requiring agencies to update their on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers with security patches or disconnect the products. All agency chief information officers should submit a report by Friday, March 5th, using the provided template to inform CISA about their status.

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Microsoft’s Brad Smith: Reforms Needed to Speed Up Bid Protest Process

Brad Smith

Microsoft President Brad Smith said the federal government should introduce reforms to expedite the protest process for contract awards. Microsoft has not started work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract the Department of Defense (DOD) awarded in October 2019 due to an ongoing protest filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in November of that year.

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AIS Names Microsoft’s Patricia Obermaier to Board of Directors; Larry Katzman Quoted

Patricia Obermaier

Applied Information Sciences (AIS) has appointed Patricia Obermaier, vice president of the U.S. Health and Life Sciences unit with Microsoft, to its Board of Directors, the company reported on Tuesday. “As a senior leader in Microsoft, her insight and guidance will help us forge new opportunities to expand our already impressive 25+ year partnership with Microsoft, particularly with Azure cloud offerings," said Larry Katzman, president and CEO, AIS.

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GDIT Signs Microsoft Partner Agreement to Deliver Azure to Federal Agencies

General Dynamics

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, has signed a Microsoft Partner Agreement for Online Services-Government (AOS-G). "Microsoft offers Microsoft 365 for collaboration, Azure for cloud based workloads and Dynamics 365 for customer relationship management," said Ben Gianni, vice president and chief technology officer of GDIT. 

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DoD Begins Migrating IT Users to DEOS; Brian Hermann Quoted

Defense Enterprise

The Department of Defense (DoD) has started migrating its IT users to Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS), the multibillion commercial cloud-based environment that will deliver collaboration services to the Defense Department. DEOS began the rollout process to its first users on Jan. 14th, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), who is spearheading the migration.

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Sehlke Consulting Reports 2020 Results, 2021 Projections; Chad Sehlke Quoted

Chad Sehlke, founder and CEO

Sehlke Consulting reported that 2020 marked the company’s largest revenue growth year, resulting in a 58 percent increase in revenue. Additionally, the company will strive to continue its growth, moving into 2021. “Since 2013, Sehlke has averaged 101 percent in year-over-year revenue growth. We are proud of what our teams continue to accomplish,” said the company’s founder and CEO, Chad Sehlke.  

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CISA Reports Advanced Persistent Threat in Compromised Cloud Platforms

Cybersecurity and

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has discovered the occurrence of an advanced persistent threat in cloud environments after the event of a system compromise. CISA said Friday that it detected an APT actor that accessed cloud resources via compromised Microsoft 365 applications and additional credentials. Concerned network administrators may view CISA's alert report on the matter for more countermeasures and information regarding the APT threats.

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Sev1Tech Names Matt Jordan as VP, Cloud Center of Excellence; Bob Lohfeld Quoted

Sev1Tech

Sev1Tech has appointed Matt Jordan as vice president of Cloud Center of Excellence to accelerate growth of the Sev1Cloud practice, develop partnerships and drive innovation. Jordan has ten years of experience providing cloud-based solutions across the public sector. Throughout his career, he has developed partnerships with cloud providers to deliver innovative solutions.

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

Booz Allen Hamilton

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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