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

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 Information Security Management Act. The framework also calls for the Department of Homeland Security to take a proactive approach to addressing cyber vulnerabilities and attacks.

Internet of Things Presents Challenge, Opportunity
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n an interview with NextGov, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel said the explosion of technology around the Internet of Things presents challenges as well as opportunities for the government from a cyber point of view.

DISA Opens milCloud Marketplace to DoD Mission Partners
milCloud is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution that leverages a combination of mature commercial and government-developed technology to drive agility into the development, deployment and maintenance of secure DoD applications.This week Defense Information Systems Agency opened the milCloud marketplace to Defense Department mission partners.

Agency Says It Can Predict the “Next Big Thing”
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a group created to coordinate research for the intelligence community, has designed an application to identify technology that isn’t well known today, but might be in three to five years, the Washington Post reports.

US House Democrats Finalize Sweeping Defense Acquisition Reform Plan
The New Democratic Coalition (NDC), a 55-member group that touts itself as the “pro-growth, fiscally responsible wing” or the party, is floating to House Armed Services Committee members 10 pages of findings and recommendations to “streamline and upgrade the acquisitions process,” Defense News reported Wednesday.

Event: How Is “As a Service” Impacting Government Acquisition of Technology And Services?
On Tuesday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon at the NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203 Market Connections, Inc. and Professional Services Council will release a new study on the “convergence” of technology and professional services. The research study assesses government officials’ and industry leaders’ understanding of convergence, as well as their current and planned use of consumption-based “as a service” acquisition approaches. Registration is open to members of government, the contracting community and the media.

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