Dave Levy, AWS

By Dave Levy, Vice President, Amazon Web Services The FedRAMP Authorization Act was recently signed into law as part of the defense authorization bill, a signal that cloud technologies continue to have a permanent place in helping U.S. government agencies deploy secure and innovative solutions to accomplish their missions. Through this legislation, policy leaders on […]

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modernization

Despite recent progress, IT-related problems continue to hinder work at government agencies. These include data in silos across locations that complicate information-gathering and decision-making, rising cyber threats targeting employee logins, and legacy systems that don’t adapt easily to mission changes or remote work environments. Accordingly, a recent study by Gartner found that while 72 percent […]

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cybersecurity

By Petko Stoyanov, Global Chief Technology Officer, Forcepoint Many Federal agencies are considering investing in zero trust network access (ZTNA) solutions. But not all ZTNA applications are equal, and it’s important agencies invest in ZTNA solutions that will allow them to align and meet the “Optimal” stage outlined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s […]

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CX Customer experience -min

By Willie Hicks, Federal Chief Technologist at Dynatrace Whether users are shopping on Amazon or another top company’s website, they expect certain website performance and features availability to ensure a positive customer experience (CX). Users expect to access product links and conduct transactions seamlessly and swiftly. They expect to navigate to comprehensive product specifications or […]

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By Michael Zurat, Senior Solutions Architect, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) 5G technology has the potential to be transformative for businesses and consumers, as well as for the U.S. government. 5G can provide the enabling connectivity to drive digital transformation from a paperless digital Internal Revenue Service, to enabling the Postal Service to outperform Amazon, […]

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AI

By: Bob Venero, President & CEO, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., Ftei.com Manufacturing is all about operational efficiency – make it quicker, cheaper, and ship it for less. For this reason, the industry has long been at the forefront of the application of new technologies, finding creative solutions to increase production and decrease costs. Basically, how […]

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quantum computing AI min

By Dr. Jim Matney, Vice President and General Manager, DISA and Enterprise Services, at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) As almost any cybersecurity professional would tell you, you can’t reliably know what vulnerability a hacker will find and exploit. To avoid an attack, your defenses must be right 100 percent of the time. The hacker […]

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quantum computer processor chip intel computing hardware

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision highlights four technology trends that will have significant impact on how government operates in the near future. Today we look at Trend #4, Computing the Impossible: New Machines, New Possibilities. When Intel launched the Intel® 4004 processor in 1971, the first general-purpose programmable processor was the size of a small fingernail and held […]

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The Accenture Federal Technology Vision 2022 highlights four technology trends that will have significant impact on how government operates in the near future. Today we look at Trend #3, The Unreal: Making Synthetic Authentic. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most strategic technologies impacting all parts of government. From protecting our nation to serving its citizens, AI […]

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Biometrics

By Bob Eckel, CEO, Aware Confirming the identification of the world’s most wanted man leaves no margin for error. In fact, when Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, he was identified through facial recognition which was later confirmed by DNA analysis. Few would argue this was not a commendable use of biometrics. Since then, […]

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election security

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision highlights four technology trends that will have significant impact on how government operates in the near future. Today we look at Trend #2, Programmable World: Our Planet, Personalized. What is a “programmable world?” Consider what’s going on at Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, Fla. In line with the base’s ambition to […]

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cybersecurity

By: Terry Halvorsen, general manager, U.S. Federal Market, IBM The pandemic accelerated digital transformation, amplifying both opportunities and risks. Remote workers, new devices, partners, and integrations open organizations in ways that can radically increase their threat surface, making it less of a question of if a cyber attack will happen, but rather when. Therefore, the […]

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CX Customer experience -min

By: Santiago Milian, Principal, Booz Allen; and Jenna Petersen, senior lead technologist, Booz Allen From housing assistance to community health to closing the digital divide, equity is on the agenda of multiple Federal agencies. But making Federal services more equitable demands a close look at how constituents experience them. Do services address the full breadth […]

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AI

By: John Dvorak, Chief Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat If you’re like many decision-makers in Federal agencies, you’ve begun to explore edge computing use cases. There are many reasons to push compute capability closer to the source of data and closer to end users. At the same time, you may be exploring or […]

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digital transformation

The Accenture Federal Technology Vision 2022 analyzes four emerging technology trends that will have significant impact on how government operates in the near future. Today we look at Trend #1, WebMe: Putting the Me in Metaverse. In the wake of the pandemic, people’s digital and “real world” lives are melding. Accenture research found that 70% of consumers globally […]

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modernization

By Chris Copeland, Chief Technology Officer, Accenture Federal Services; and Kyle Michl, Chief Innovation Officer, Accenture Federal Services Both the public and private sector embraced technology to an unprecedented level in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This created a period of “compressed transformation” that disrupted the technology landscape dramatically. For example, the wholesale adoption […]

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By Michael Zurat, Senior Solutions Architect, GDIT 5G, Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing have been areas of focus in the IT space for some time. What’s been given less attention, until recently, is how these three powerful technologies interact with one another and how, as one example, 5G is precisely what enables AI capabilities at the […]

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cybersecurity

By Ken Walker, President & Chief Executive Officer, Owl Cyber Defense Government agencies are under siege from ransomware and incredibly sophisticated cybersecurity threats, such as the 2020 SolarWinds supply chain attack. To help fight back, lawmakers are introducing steps to broaden defenses through non-traditional approaches. The Supply Chain Security Training Act (SCSTA) bill, recently passed […]

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By: Raghu Nandakumara, Senior Director, Head of Industry Solutions, Illumio From the Colonial Pipeline breach to the JBS ransomware attack, the past year has shown us that cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure are more relentless, sophisticated, and impactful than ever before – and all too often threaten the economic stability and wellbeing of U.S. citizens. […]

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DoD Pentagon Military

By: Kyle Dimitt, Principal Engineer, Compliance Research at LogRhythm Supply chain attacks have been on the rise across the globe, as we saw with targeted attacks against SolarWinds and Kaseya. The spike has created a large risk in the Federal government since industry supply chains don’t necessarily have to adhere to a set level of […]

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By Scott Ormiston, Federal Solutions Architect, Synack Within a single week in late March, the Biden administration both reissued the call for American companies to shore up their cybersecurity efforts in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, and requested nearly $11 billion in cybersecurity funding from Congress for the Federal government and its agencies for […]

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Intelligence analysts are drowning in data amid ever-increasing numbers of communication channels, devices, and open-source intelligence. Intelligence professionals often apply an adaptation of the Pareto Principle (aka the 80/20 rule) to the challenges created by all this data. Analysts anecdotally spend 80 percent of their time looking for data and information, leaving only 20 percent […]

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The use of AI and analytics are crucial for government agencies, who are among the largest owners of data. The benefits of AI are often discussed – operational efficiencies, intelligent automation possibilities and the ability to gain deeper insights from massive amounts of data. With the intense interest and proliferation of AI, governance of machine […]

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From pandemic relief bills to the cybersecurity executive order and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Federal agencies have a wealth of mandates and opportunities to create new programs. While each of these executive and legislative actions feature varying priorities, funding methods, and delivery objectives, in a larger sense they are unified by requiring Federal agencies to […]

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DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) last month released its Software Modernization Strategy, an important step to unifying existing technology and directing a more joint approach to systems of the future. It notes that our competitive posture is “reliant on strategic insight, proactive innovation, and effective technology integration enabled through software capabilities.” Further, it asks DoD entities that are driving software development to address management and governance of the 29 software factories spread across the services.

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If and when the COVID pandemic fades into history, the shift toward remote and hybrid work is poised to persist. In an April 2021 Forrester Consulting survey of more than 1,300 security leaders, business executives, and remote workers, 70 percent said their organizations will have employees working from home one or more days a week during the next 12 to 24 months.

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AI

The Federal government has recently taken new steps towards creating a zero trust security environment, building on last May’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO) aimed at advancing the standards by which we protect our federal information system.

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Congressional and White House mandates have put digital transformation at the top of to-do lists across the Federal government for many years now – from Cloud Smart strategies to the recent Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. These mandates, as well as agency-driven modernization, articulate critical goals such as improving cybersecurity and creating more efficiency. […]

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