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The federal omnibus appropriations package passed in December provides for a unique security information sharing agreement between government and business.

Companies that voluntarily share threat information with the government through a Homeland Security Department portal can receive liability protection in the event of a breach.

The legislation could reduce legal barriers to information sharing, thereby encouraging greater and timelier cooperation that should better protect private data and information.

The Justice Department will work with Homeland Security to draft policies to protect civil liberties. Businesses of all sizes, from Wal-Mart and Target to the local hardware store, can partake in the program once it’s fully stood up.

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Research firm Deltek expects federal demand for cloud computing services to grow to $6.2 billion by 2020, a 21.4 percent compound annual growth rate. Deltek made the forecast in, “Federal Priorities: Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, and Data Centers, 2015–2020,” in October 2015. Here is a snapshot of how Deltek expects the market to expand: 

Fiscal Year 2015: $2.35 billion

Fiscal Year 2016: $3.1 billion

Fiscal Year 2017: $3.85 billion

Fiscal Year 2018: $4.8 billion

Fiscal Year 2019: $5.8 billion

Fiscal Year 2020: $6.2 billion

 

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A pro-Palestinian Twitter account posted a Department of Homeland Security staff directory of 9,372 employees online, and then the person or persons behind the account claimed they would publish online the staff directory of more than 20,000 FBI personnel as well.  

The DHS staff directory includes the name, title, email address, and phone number of employees, according to CSO Online.  The titles “range from engineers, to security specialists, program analysts, InfoSec and IT, all the way up to director level,” CSO Online reported, adding that “more than 100 staffers are listed with an Intelligence related title.”

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Microsoft announced that as of Jan. 12 it will no longer be providing technical support and security updates for its Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 web browsers. The company is encouraging customers to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or to Microsoft Edge, its new web browser that comes with Windows 10.

If customers stick with older versions of the web browser they could be exposing themselves to security vulnerabilities and malware, Microsoft says.

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Help your employees work together using collaboration technologies. CDW has created a guide to help enterprise planners understand the challenges, opportunities and benefits these technologies can bring to your enterprise. Download the CDW Digital App here.

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Personal mobile devices continue to work their way into government, according to a survey of more than 1,000 federal employees:

49% Use a personal device to download work-related documents40% Ignore federal rules governing personal phone use at work24% Install applications from places other than official app stores20% Will sacrifice security for the convenience of using a personal device7% Have rooted or “jailbroken” a device they use for work

SOURCE: Lookout, “Feds: You have a BYOD program whether you like it or not,” June 2015

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MaaS360, IBM’s cloud-based enterprise mobility management tool, became the first of its kind to become FedRAMP certified for wider government use. More than 50 government agencies have been using MaaS360 after it received FISMA Moderate Authority to Operate in 2011.

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“It is our goal to modernize more of the FCC’s legacy IT to SaaS and other cloud-based platform options going forward. This modernization is more flexible, secure and resilient, as well as more cost-effective compared with the costs of maintaining on-premises IT solutions.”- David Bray

Bray is CIO of the Federal Communications Commission. Bray discusses the FCC’s IT infrastructure modernization on the official FCC blog, one of FedTech’s 50 Must-Read Federal IT Blogs

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