While the IC’s research organization looks into adding security to cloud environments, in the here and now, intelligence agencies are sharing more data.
Unclassified White House computer networks were hacked in recent weeks, forcing a temporary shutdown of virtual private network access to mitigate the intrusion, according to the Washington Post. It isn't clear if any data were compromised or how the breach was discovered. Sources say an ally alerted U.S. officials of the breach.
Russian hackers are the suspected culprits, but the White House has not publicly disclosed details about the breach. Anonymous White House sources told the Post that hackers did not damage any systems and the classified network doesn't appear to have been breached. The National Security Agency, Secret Service and FBI are investigating the incident. Read more here.
In an effort to create a 21st century government, agencies are enhancing digital services, embracing cloud computing and designing mobile applications. This ongoing transformation is far from over, but much progress has been made.
The General Services Administration awards Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreements to 12 vendors.
Then-federal CIO Vivek Kundra releases the "25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management."
Agencies identify 78 systems that will migrate to the cloud.
Then-federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients issues a memo calling for the elimination of duplicative and outdated federal websites.
Then-federal CIO Steven VanRoekel publishes the Digital Government Strategy.
Federal agencies are embracing digital data, online services and other Web-based platforms that can save them time and money. Here's a look at five interesting facts pertaining to federal IT:
Average annual productivity gain for federal fieldworkers, thanks to real-time access to information
SOURCE: MeriTalk, "The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center," August 2014
Number of citizen-developed applications that have been built using data from Data.gov
SOURCE: Office of Management and Budget, "FY 2013 Annual Report to Congress: E-Government Act Implementation," March 2014
Average number of visits each month to USAJobs.gov
SOURCE: Office of Personnel Management
A new classification of systems is emerging under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). So-called FedRAMP ready systems are those which have "demonstrated readiness to meet the FedRAMP requirements," according to the program website. "FedRAMP ready systems allow potential agency customers and authorizing officials a starting point to initiate an authorization." Read more here.
It’s official: NASA is testing 3D printers — in space. The U.S. space agency has already proven that its largest rocket engine component can be constructed using additive manufacturing. NASA’s latest project marks the first demonstration of 3D printing in space, which could provide an inexpensive way to manufacture parts during long-term missions. Learn more about the project here.
The World Bank is developing a mobile app that includes decades' worth of its procurement data, according to Devex. "Users can search by fiscal year, economic sector, donor country or recipient country, and will be able to see graphs, pie charts, ratios, trends and rankings." Initially, the app will be available only for iOS devices.
Information technology management is one of the top 10 occupations for millennials in the federal government, according to data released by the Office of Personnel Management.
The government defines millennials as individuals who are under the age of 33. Today, they make up only 16 percent of the federal workforce, or about 336,000 employees. About 2 percent, or 7,657, hold IT management jobs. The majority of millennials work in compliance inspection and support jobs. (Read FedTech's coverage of the full OPM report.)
Here’s an infographic from OPM that further explains the millennial workforce:
Look out Heartbleed, there's a new bug on the block. Identified by RedHat and other security experts as the Bash Bug or the "shellshock" bug, many in IT security are worried about the Linux software vulnerability which apparently affects software that's been created as far back as 20 years ago.
Steven VanRoekel is stepping down as federal CIO and returning to the United States Agency for International Development to assist the administration in responding to the Ebola outbreak, according to Politico. VanRoekel also tweeted the news.
— Steven VanRoekel (@stevenvDC) September 19, 2014
Lisa Schlosser, deputy administrator in the Office of E-Government & Information Technology, will serve as interim CIO.
If you thought the terms information assurance and cybersecurity were interchangeable, think again. The Defense Department argues that the term cybersecurity includes more than just information assurance, which focuses on protecting and defending information and information systems. The Department of the Navy CIO website explains that the change was ushered in after DoD adopted its new Cybersecurity and Risk Management Framework instructions (DoDI 8500.01 and DoDI 8510.01).