For government at all levels, having a chief data officer could help put data to better use. That’s according to Jane Wiseman, a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She discussed her research on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
John Loughlin, the director of business insights at HighPoint Global, offers a how-to guide to tame the metrics beast.
Cybersecurity isn’t what it used to be. The rise of social engineering, the internet of things, and the convergence of the cyber and physical worlds mean the old model of building a virtual moat around your network castle isn’t so much obsolete as having been rendered a subset of the complete cybersecurity mission.
The Small Business Administration’s CIO says her first year at the agency will be focused on improving the SBA’s website, migrating data to the cloud, and building up a digital workforce.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology gives a holiday gift to agencies and organizations in a how-to guide for recovering from a cyber attack.
From Shaun’s perspective, if an agency has just discovered a zero-day threat it is about a day too late. Policies should be in place that can immediately respond to threats. Shaun also addressed budgeting and suggested that perhaps the constant refrain of increasing resources should be balanced with leveraging existing investments. Many agencies may feel secure if they comply with all the rules and regulations from security agencies, but the truth is that compliance may not be enough to prevent attacks.
Proper records management should be focused on informing senior leadership and empowering them to make data-driven decisions quickly, according to Mark Patrick, chief of the Information Management Division of the Joint Staff.
For data-driven problem-solving to have continuing impact, it has to be baked into the bureaucracy.
As the federal government moves steadily, if not quickly, toward IT modernization and data-driven solutions, executives from fields other than IT are looking at how new technologies, like simulations, can benefit their missions.
The government has made progress in opening up its vast stores of data and getting it to flow. But, as it approaches 2017, it still has lots of data on paper or in formats that aren’t machine-readable. So the work continues. In fact, the Data Foundation holds its fourth annual Data Transparency summit this month, and the White House itself will participate. Data Foundation imterim president Hudson Hollister joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has been funding research it hopes will have a big payoff not just for the intelligence community, but for the public as well.
Intelligence analysts say a new Defense Department data gathering policy helps civil liberties and intelligence work.
The Obama administration has launched what it calls the Data Driven Justice Initiative to alleviate the cost of mass incarceration. Dave Wilkinson, director of the White House office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to share details on the initiative.
An exclusive Federal News Radio survey found that about 45 percent of public and private sector employees disagreed with the notion that their office or agency was better prepared to protect against future data breaches. Only about 25 percent of respondents said they were confident their workplace understood cyber risks.
More agencies need to become alert to when there’s a shift in the market, technology, or best practice that requires a shift in approach.