NSA Director of Information Assurance Curtis Dukes thinks identity theft was the reason for the OPM hacks. But regardless of their purpose, he says the breaches highlight a need for both industry and agencies to get up to speed to defend against smarter and more sophisticated enemies.
The Defense Department’s “4th estate,” which includes the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Logistics Agency and other Defense agencies, signed a memorandum of understanding with GSA to commit to using OASIS for at least $500 million in professional services buys starting in January 2017.
Federal CIOs say when it comes to modernizing government IT systems, most of the workforce welcomes the change. But if the government truly wants to modernize, it will have to do more than try to catch up to the technology curve.
A Bahrain owned company also saw a increases in government contracting, while GE and Verizon lost federal business.
DISA says it’s moving away from acquisition and toward operations, still its SETI contract will be awarded as a best value contract to much fanfare.
Objections to the use of lowest-price technically acceptable for contracts are growing, including Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI protests of DISA’s $17.5 billion ENCORE III solicitation and a new bill from two senators to restrict when the military uses this type of contract.
Greg Garcia, the chief information officer/G6 of the Army Corps of Engineers, said the Defense Department’s mandated transition to Windows 10 is a top of mind priority, but he is balancing that with cyber, cloud and other priorities.
The Professional Services Council and IT Alliance for Public Sector say lowest price technically acceptable is the wrong process to use when evaluating ENCORE III bidders.
Most planning documents about defending the homeland from foreign threats pre-date the cyber era, leaving some confusion about which element of the military would be in charge during a cyber attack. DoD says it’s addressing those discrepancies.
The director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said DoD needs new tools to grapple with the fact that cyber adversaries have become much more brazen in recent years.
More companies are trying to reach DISA’s impact level 5 since DoD has such a high demand to store sensitive information.
Non-union DISA employees have their telework days reduced, but other employees are worried they may be next.
DISA asks industry for help in defining the requirements for next version of MilCloud, including how to set up utility-based pricing
DoD approved IBM to be its second Level 5 security cloud provider just as FedRAMP is finalizing its high baseline standard.