While the IC’s research organization looks into adding security to cloud environments, in the here and now, intelligence agencies are sharing more data.
Cybertheft was among the topics President Barack Obama highlighted during a speech Monday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation CEO Summit in Beijing. Here's an excerpt from his speech:
Video conferencing is projected to be the preferred method of remote collaboration for 2016, according to a Polycom survey of more than 1,200 IT decision-makers. Federal IT leaders find that it provides a viable option for agencies as travel budgets shrink and scrutiny of large, face-to-face government conferences continues.
A 2012 study by the Telework Exchange found that federal employees could save 3.5 hours a week, on average, by using video conferencing. Technology Insights, a new app from CDW, can help agencies find best practices and strategies for making video conferencing a success. Learn more by scanning the app's QR code below or clicking here.
Here's what federal executives are saying about embracing cloud, connected devices and new endeavors:
"New standards will be necessary to manage the coming horde of Internet-connected devices."@tseronis (Peter Tseronis, Chief Technology Officer, Energy Department)
"Just Announced: I will be joining @USAID to help with the #EbolaResponse as Chief Innovation Officer." @stevenvDC (Steven VanRoekel, former Federal CIO)
"Moving 2 a JIE [Joint Information Environment] would position DoD 2 take more advantage of mobile & cloud —DoD Dep CIO 4 Cyber Security [John] Hale."@USDISA (Official account of the Defense Information Systems Agency)
The White House is on a mission to bring a Silicon Valley mindset to government. The 2012 launch of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program and the creation of the General Services Administration's digital hub, known as 18F, are fruits of that labor. But that's not all.
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.