In Focus

  • Concerns of military members and their families

    “Too many military families continue to be burdened with the uncertainty over the future, their finances, and the effects of the future deployments will have on their lives,” Andrea Inserra, senior vice president of military health for Booz Allen Hamilton told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on In Focus. “Studies by Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense also show the feelings of disconnectedness. Around 90% of our military families still continue to feel that the communities that they live within don’t truly understand their lives.”

  • Unique challenges facing military family members

    “One of those challenges is that military spouses have a very difficult time in keeping and maintaining a career,” Dr. J.D. Crouch II, president and CEO of the United Service Organizations, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “If a military spouse have to move with their spouse as the military moves them around – and these are often very talented people in their own right – but they can’t sustain a career in a particular area.”

  • Impact Iraq and Afghanistan wars have had on military families

    “The cellphone and Skyping has really, on the one hand, been great for families but it’s also caused tremendous stress because there’s no mystery,” Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “You can see your loved one; you can tell often that they’re really struggling on both sides of that line.”

  • Uncertainty that surrounds the military lifestyle

    “They face concerns about their economic security and they face concerns about their isolation from the larger community, from family and friends, and everyday Americans,” Kathy Roth-Douquet, president and CEO of Blue Star Families, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “By actively seeking to employ military spouses and train them in portable careers, we can help address that very difficult issue without impacting the federal government budget. And in terms of creating connections, Blue Star Families runs a number of programs to help connect Americans to the militaries in their community.

  • Enhancing Federal Network Visibility and Analytics

    Federal News Radio hosted RSA Chief Technology Officer Zulfikar Ramzan and three federal executives to take a look at several aspects of network visibility and analytics.

  • Working proactively to prevent threats

    “The reality is that you can’t be reactive anymore,” Zulfikar Ramzan, chief technology officer for RSA, said on Federal News Radio’s In Focus. “A reactive posture is what gets you into trouble in the long run. Now the good news is that even though there are these zero day vulnerabilities and sophisticated attackers, at some point in the course of every attack, someone utilizes a known tool or some known piece of infrastructure simply because it’s too expensive for attackers to do everything fresh for the first time.”

  • Using behavioral analytics to identify criminal activity

    “In the end it’s behavioral,” William Yurek, program director of cyber intrusion investigations at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service said on Federal News Radio’s In Focus. “People will always be the weakest link at any level. They will always be what we have to key on. Unfortunately, we forget about that. Behavioral analytics is an attempt to get us back to the idea of looking at how people behave, in the simplest sense. But how we can use that in both the predictive sense, and frankly, in my viewpoint as an investigator often times we come in and it’s kind of too late. But there are behavioral factors you can use to analyze bad guy activity and try and create a behavioral finger print of a human being.”

  • HHS’ Office of Inspector General focusing on endpoint protection, application layer

    “We really focus on that endpoint protection,” Steven Hernandez, CISO, acting CTO and director of information assurance for the Office of Inspector General at HHS said on Federal News Radio’s In Focus. “Not only, at some point, that endpoint probably had to handle keys or certificates to do that job, to get that encryption in place – that’s very helpful for us – but also for anything that we run, that’s where we want the encryption to really take place. Because I guarantee you at some point that magical network encryption box you have is going to fail, or a network engineer is going to make a mistake and going to route around it, or your cloud provider is going to make a mistake and all of a sudden your information is in the public network. And so, as a custodian of the data, at that application layer, sometimes at that session layer, that’s where we really focus our efforts.”

  • Encryption a priority at the Air Force

    “We encrypt almost everything,” Frank Konieczny, chief technology officer of the U.S. Air Force, said on Federal News Radio’s In Focus. “Probably close to 100 percent, if not 100 percent, within the Air Force domain right now, because you have to. Now the question becomes, when do you decrypt to look at everything else? And we do it at the application level or at the endpoint level, user endpoint level, so we don’t like decrypting in the middle because that just adds another factor or problem area for incident reporting.”

  • How is the National Park Service using science and technology to serve the public?

    Dr. Allison Druin, Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy at the National Park Service (NPS), joined Federal News Radio’s In Focus to share how the agency is using science and technology to enhance the public’s experience. The NPS was founded a century ago and now totals 413 parks. Dr. Druin discussed some of the challenges in how the NPS works to preserve this remarkable heritage as well as looking to the future. For her, one key is to understand the visitor experience and what will matter to the public. To this end, the NPS has looked at many tools, including mobile, cloud, wearables, and other approaches that will give the typical visitor a better understanding of that particular park. In a perfect world, the NPS will make the visit more meaningful both today and in the future.