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Research: Need Exists for Awareness and Training to Help Minimize Risks Associated with Cyber Threats

October 29, 2014

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—a month of events and initiatives designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners and raise awareness about cybersecurity. As a Fort Meade Alliance cybersecurity poll reveals, agencies see the need for continued training and education to minimize cyber threats. “Cybersecurity awareness training can help solve many of the challenges we face with protecting information technology assets, and our government’s most sensitive information and mission-critical systems,” said Deon Viergutz, president of Ft. Meade Alliance and director of cyber operations for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. Government market research firm Market Connections, Inc. conducted ... Read more

Q&A: Damian Whitham, General Dynamics Information Technology, Discusses Using Research to Facilitate Government Cloud Migrations

October 28, 2014

Earlier this year, General Dynamics Information Technology—a leader in cloud computing and virtualization migration and support—in conjunction with Market Connections, launched a study to learn about federal agencies’ progress on cloud computing. Specifically, the study asked federal agencies about the current stage of their cloud implementation plans, what their key challenges and concerns are, and who is driving decisions about the types of cloud environments to use. The study found that IT professionals are not necessarily making the decisions about an agency’s cloud migration strategy. Not surprisingly, it also revealed that security is a top-of-mind concern when planning a cloud migration—primarily, ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Cyber Budget Requests to Continue Growing, DHS’ Security Role in FISMA Reform Push to be Debated

October 27, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean agencies will stop paying attention to it. Enjoy this and other highlights! Agencies’ Cyber Budget Requests to Continue Growth Government agencies will continue to see an increase in their budget requests for cyber operations even as overall budgets remain flat, according to KCG President Maryann Hirsch. In a piece for Security Magazine, Hirsch wrote that U.S. Cyber Command more than doubled its funding to $447 million in 2013 and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity operations funding grew $792 million year-over-year. Hirsch also says chief ... Read more

Security in the Cloud: Closing the Disconnect between Security and Performance Concerns

October 23, 2014

As government agencies continue to look for the efficiency and cost savings associated with migrating applications and infrastructure to the cloud, security emerges as a chief concern. A new Market Connections study on the status of cloud migrations in the federal government, commissioned by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), shows that government IT decision-makers are conflicted on the issue of security in the cloud. While about two-thirds of respondents (64%) cited secure infrastructure as one of the benefits of cloud services, roughly the same amount (65%) cited security defects in the technology as a primary risk. Just last week, Market Connections and ... Read more

Winning Contractor: STG, Inc.

October 22, 2014

Education is so important to Dr. Simon Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STG, Inc. (STG) that in June he and his wife Anna made a $1 million endowment to establish the “KU & GWU Research Collaboration Program.” Engineering faculty and graduate students from Korea University (KU) and George Washington University (GWU) will now have the opportunity to study alongside each other as a result of this endowment. The gift will create the Simon Lee College of Engineering Endowment for faculty and graduate students, and will encourage collaboration between the two universities through joint research, workshops, and technical exchanges. Dr. Lee, ... Read more

Research Study: The Keys to Successful Cloud Migrations

October 21, 2014

It is not a matter of whether federal civilian agencies will move to the cloud. It’s a matter of when … and how. But if agencies don’t move to the cloud in a thoughtful manner, they could run into a range of issues that disrupt performance—and impact the end user’s experience. As agencies move more applications and services to the cloud, the question becomes, what are the keys to successful cloud migrations? A new Market Connections research study commissioned by General Dynamics Information Technology finds cloud computing addresses two key government concerns: security and cost savings. Three highlights from the ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: GSA Aims to Expedite Cloud Offerings, DoD Bolsters Small Business Programs

October 20, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. There is always interest in making government procurements easier, and this week several agencies took steps toward that very thing. Perhaps 2015 will see even more progress in this area. Enjoy these highlights! GSA Aims to Expedite Approval of Federal Cloud Offerings The General Services Administration has created a new FedRAMP assessment category that has a goal of helping vendors obtain security clearance for their government cloud products faster than usual, FCW reported. The FedRAMP Ready designation will be granted to cloud-based platforms that have already undergone audits by an ... Read more

Convergence Adoption Requires Exploring the Art of the Possible

October 16, 2014

On October 14, 2014 the Professional Services Council (PSC) and Market Connections released the results of a new study on the impact of convergence on government acquisition. As this As-a-Service (XaaS) model is still in its early days, the purpose of this research was to benchmark the status of convergence and reveal gaps in adoption and understanding between government and the contractors who serve them—and to form the basis for discussion between government and contractors on how to move forward with this market shift. To start the conversation, PSC convened a panel of government and industry professionals to discuss their perceptions ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Thales Group U.S.

October 14, 2014

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) awarded Thales Group a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide the Saudi Arabia National Guard with navigation aids (navaids) and air traffic control tower equipment. The technology will support visual and instrument flight rules for fixed and rotary wing aircraft at two new Saudi Arabian airfields – Khashm al-An Airfield, east of Riyadh, and Dirab Airfield, southwest of Riyadh. Khashm al-An Airfield, which is still under construction, will feature a 2,000 meter paved runway and taxiway for fixed-wing aircraft. Construction on Dirab Airfield has not yet begun; the Airfield will accommodate both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: OMB Bolstering the Security of Federal Data Networks, Internet of Things Presents Challenges and Opportunities

October 13, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. As we enter the second week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, data security and the cloud take a prominent spot in the headlines. Enjoy these highlights! OMB Guidance Aims to Bolster Security of Federal Data Networks The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has released a guidance document, Improving Information Security and Privacy Management Practices, aimed at improving data protection and privacy measures across the government. Beth Cobert, OMB deputy director for management, states the guide is meant to help federal agencies guard systems in order to comply with the Federal ... Read more


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