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Appointment of New U.S. CTO Reinforces New Innovation Push

Sep 12, 2014

In a clear sign that the current administration is bridging the innovation gap between industry and government, the White House has officially named Google’s Megan Smith as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Smith will be leaving her role as Vice President at Google X, where she oversees the super secret division that works […]

PODCAST: Insights Into the Joint Information Environment and the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS)

Sep 03, 2014

The Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS), which is part of the Joint Information Environment Initiative (JIE), is being developed to enhance mission effectiveness, increase network security and realize IT efficiencies across the entire Department of Defense (DoD). The main goal is to achieve the highest level of network security by reducing the overall attack surface […]

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DoD CIO Says JIE Moves Forward with JRSS

Aug 20, 2014

At Federal Forum 2014, Acting Defense Department CIO, Terry Halvorsen made it clear in his lunchtime keynote that the Joint Information Environment (JIE) “is a concept, not a program.”  And when the DoD is done, it will have an environment of networks, not a single network, but many networks, that are “more secure, more agile, […]

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DISA Strategic Plan: Part 3

Aug 13, 2014

Over the past few weeks I’ve been involved with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Software Defined Networking (SDN) standards development. For those of you not familiar with SDN let me first say that it is the most exciting develop for switching and routing since, well, MPLS. Anyway, if you’re not familiar with SDN, know that […]

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DHS Tops FISMA Scorecard for Continuous Monitoring

Aug 05, 2014

As the only federal agency to receive a score of 99 in the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress for fiscal 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) serves as a key case study for how civilian agencies can effectively perform continuous monitoring. Thanks to the efforts by the Homeland Security Department’s […]

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Creating a Doppler Effect for Information Security

Jul 10, 2014

I’m back after spending a week in Boston at the 26th annual FIRST conference.  As many times as I’ve flown into Logan for business trips over almost 20 years, this was the first time I actually got to spend time in the city of Boston proper.  It’s a great city with lots to see and […]

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