The General Services Administration is trying to be as clear as possible: Agencies should use the 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract to modernize their networks. And if they want an extension on the EIS transition deadline, they are going to have to prove they’re working toward modernization.
Agencies fared poorly in the new FITARA scorecard released this week, with 11 of the 24 receiving lower grades since the last scorecard was released in November and none receiving the top mark of A.
The report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, however, noted that many of the lower scores were the result of new and tougher requirements on the scorecard; without the new requirements, three agencies would have scored an A.
In its 2017 first quarter endpoint security report, Forrester Research declared blacklist-based anti-malware “on its way out.” Tools and processes like patch management, application whitelisting and endpoint data loss prevention, according to Forrester, had reached the equilibrium stage, meaning they are relatively mature and likely to see continued adoption over the next several years.
Forrester identified the following four advanced controls as growth solutions for the future:
The United States and United Kingdom joined forces in an unprecedented move on April 16 to warn that Russian cyberattacks are being launched against the network infrastructure of government and private business users. It was the first time the U.S. and U.K. governments have “issued joint advice to all sectors that might have been compromised,” the Guardian reports.
The Defense Department is getting a permanent CIO at last.
Smaller agencies will soon get on the same footing as their larger brethren when it comes to cybersecurity support. The Department of Homeland Security will soon receive approval to extend its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program as a shared service to smaller, non-CFO Act agencies, according to a key DHS office.
The Trump administration is all in on upgrading federal technology.
The White House’s plan to kickstart IT modernization got a boost on Wednesday.