Weekly News Kick Off: President Obama Signs 5 Cybersecurity Bill into Law

Welcome to the weekly news kick off. Can you believe 2014 is almost over? With the Sony hack, cybersecurity has remained firmly top of mind—with the President signing five cybersecurity bills into law over the holidays. Enjoy this and other highlights.

5 Cybersecurity Bills Get Obama’s Signature
On Thursday President Barack Obama signed the Federal Information Security Modernization Act into law GovInfoSecurity reported. He signed four other cybersecurity bills as well. The newly approved National Cybersecurity Protection Act will codify data exchange between government and private organizations through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, according to the report.

GovCon Leaders Talk Federal Cyber Defense in Sony Hack’s Wake
In the wake of the Sony hack and surrounding discussions the incident has spurred, ExecutiveBiz reached out to several GovCon industry leaders for their perspective on what the sector and agencies can learn from the attack on Sony to shore up federal cyber defenses. The responses GovCon executives offered ranged from recommendations on how to approach federal cybersecurity to the steps companies can take before and after an incident if one occurs.

Global SaaS Applications Market to Reach $51B Worth by 2018
A new IDC report forecasts the global software-as-a-service market to grow to $50.8 billion in value by 2018. The market research firm published this month a study that indicates the SaaS market will grow at a compound annual rate of 17.6 percent for the five-year forecast period. (For more on perceptions of convergence in the federal market, see a recent PSC and Market Connections report.)

Agencies Report Q4 Developments on Government Performance Priority Goals
Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, has outlined fourth-quarter developments on the Cross-Agency Priority Goals and Agency Priority Goals for government efficiency and effectiveness. Cobert wrote in a piece posted Thursday on the White House blog that OMB, the General Services Administration and other agencies have established performance reporting measures on acquisitions, information technology, real property, finance and human capital as part of the benchmarking CAP goal.

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