Security

All aspects of IT security as it relates to the federal CIO role.

GCIO Focus: Winning the Cyberwar with Zero Trust

The sustained high frequency of successful cyberattacks against corporations and government agencies has made one thing clear: Perimeter-centric security strategies are no longer effective.

With insider attacks, data and IT infrastructure residing in multiple locations, and data traveling across the internet, relying on one layer of security at the perimeter is no longer an option. Zero Trust is an alternative security model that addresses the shortcomings of failing perimeter-centric strategies by removing the assumption of trust from the equation.   

Cloud Cuts Application Development Time for Air Force and DHS’ CIS

Federal agencies are moving to cloud services to focus less on data centers and infrastructure, and more on application deployment. For U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief Information Officer William Marion II, this means being able to deliver IT at commercial speeds with agility.

The Air Force has a very mobile scale, with 700,000 endpoints on premise requiring efficient IT and cyber support and 2,000 business systems. Its journey to the cloud began two years ago, and it has since adopted five or six main services to deliver as an enterprise across the Air Force.

DHS Applies R&D Innovation to its Cybersecurity Challenges

Today’s frequency of adversarial disruptive cyber attacks has the Homeland Security Department focused on innovative research and development models. For the Customs and Border Protection, network security is the core if its overall mission. 

“Being a CISO, we spend a whole lot of time preparing for something that we really, really hope never comes,” said CBP Chief Information Security Officer Alma Cole at the DHS Science and Technology Cyber Security Showcase and Technical Workshop on July 12 in Washington, D.C.

This Volunteer Group of Government Techies Collaborates for Cloud Success

A federal group dedicated to driving commonality governmentwide to accelerate cloud adoption plans to get outside help and make its information-sharing platform easily and seamlessly accessible.

The General Services Administration stood up the Cloud Center of Excellence earlier this year to address cloud adoption barriers such as acquisition, workforce education and outreach, standardized service offerings and security. It was co-chaired by Federal Communications Commission Chief Information Officer David Bray.

Patching National Cybersecurity Threats Starts with Supply Chain

The national cybersecurity threat level is evolving, and government officials are calling on industry to better secure the internet of things and connected devices as they continue to enter government networks.

Securing devices starts with focusing on each component and subcomponent of the end product when building a critical infrastructure, according to Dean Souleles, chief technology officer for the National Counterintelligence and Security Center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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