John Curran

MeriTalk

John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.
FedRAMP

The House last week voted to approve an updated version of legislation that would codify into law and update the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

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CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a binding operational directive (BOD) that sets baseline requirements for Federal civilian agencies to identify assets and vulnerabilities on their networks, and to provide data to CISA on those assets and on vulnerability detection.

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AI

Tracy Barnes, chief information officer (CIO) for the state of Indiana, said the use of artificial  intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are a crucial component of the state’s automation strategy. Employing the latest automation tech, he said, helps the state punch above its weight in the continuing battle to protect networks and data against cyberattacks.

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Budget Federal spending

The House today voted to approve continuing resolution legislation that will fund the Federal government – mostly at fiscal year 2022 spending levels – until December 16. The House approved the bill by a vote of 230-201, with ten Republicans voting for the measure.

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CISA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on September 28 approved by voice vote the Securing Open Source Software Act, which aims to put more Federal government muscle behind protecting open source software following the emergence of the Log4J vulnerability late last year.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved by voice vote today a bill that would order Federal government agencies to undertake an inventory of all software used by the government – with a view toward eventually creating strategies to consolidate government software contracts, create governmentwide software licenses, and move toward adopting open-source software.

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A new survey of several hundred cybersecurity professionals reveals that nearly two-thirds of their organizations are considering alternatives to virtual private network (VPN) infrastructure for providing remote access because of the technology’s vulnerability to sophisticated cyber attacks. At the same time, the vast majority of those organizations are moving to adopt zero trust security architectures to improve security.

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The Fifth Annual Service to the Citizen Awards program honored five Federal government and private sector leaders on Sept. 16 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for driving positive change in the delivery of government services to benefit all citizens.

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Cricket Match

What makes for a worthy party to celebrate a great company and community? Take a couple hundred of your best friends from government and private sector IT leadership, add in beautiful weather and refreshments, stir in a great fundraising cause, and top with players of all ages battling it out in a 500-year old game that only somewhat resembles baseball.

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John Curran
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