Weekly News Kick Off: Cloud, Data Security to Fuel US Cyber Market Growth and FedRAMP to Work on Compliance, Authorizations, Guidance - (Archived)

Welcome to the weekly news kick off. Cloud and cybersecurity continue to make headlines, while speculation abounds about what Congress will do with the budget. Enjoy these headlines.

Cloud, Data Security Programs to Fuel US Cyber Market Growth
The U.S. cyber industry’s cloud segment is projected to enjoy an 8.33 percent compound annual growth rate while data security category is forecast to account for 28.4 percent of the domestic cyber market, ReportsnReports report shows.

FedRAMP to Work on Compliance, Authorizations, Guidance
Matthew Goodrich, acting Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program director at the General Services Administration, says that FedRAMP will focus on customer engagement, documentation and stakeholder education over the next two years, FCW reported.He said the upcoming two-year FedRAMP road map aims to continue work on facilitating process efficiencies, communicating with agencies on authorizations and encouraging compliance.

DoD Needs Budget Certainty to Ensure Readiness, Tech Dominance
At a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work called for an end to what he says is budget uncertainty across defense programs as the U.S. faces global combat and technological challenges, Reuters reported. The report said Congress will soon decide whether to approve the proposed fiscal year 2015 DoD budget of approximately $560 billion, including overseas contingency funds, while fiscal 2016 could mean the return of sequestration.

Info Security Leaders Should Eye Threat Intell for Cyber Defense
FireEye CEO David DeWalt called on information security leaders to embrace threat intelligence as a new, alternative basis for their defense platforms and security strategies, GovInfo Security reported.He said examinations of malicious hackers and how their methods and motivations should be priorities in threat prevention and mitigation.

Agencies Can Tap Private Sector for Geospatial Big Data
A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, wrote in a Defense Systems op-ed posted Monday that agencies can use commercial data to monitor trends and patterns instead of through their own sensors. He cited the geospatial imagery DigitalGlobe provides to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as an example of how the government can tap into the private sector for intelligence.

2Q to Offer Small Businesses Military Training Opportunities
Deltek’s Ashley Bergander says in a Washington Post piece that small businesses will see up to $1.6 billion in new business opportunities with three upcoming follow-on contracts for U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy training programs. She says that the Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support, Counter Narcotics and Global Threats Training Support Services and Weapons and Systems Integration Support Services programs could issue solicitations by early next year.

Newly-Passed Bill Seeks to Cut Duplicate Government Reports
Darrell Issa (R-Calf.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has said a newly passed legislation intends to cut the number of redundant government reports, Federal Times reported.The Government Reports Elimination Act obtained final approval from the House on Nov. 12 after the Senate passed it Sept. 16.

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