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Lessons from pandemic fuel infrastructure improvement at VA Office of Information and Technology

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Information and Technology is innovating its tech tools to support the overall mission of the VA. IT investment management can benefit both veterans and the department. Leading the charge is Paul Brubaker, acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the VA Office of Information and Technology. Brubaker said […]


Climate consultant recommends Defense Department use smart technology to strengthen military bases

Climate change is affecting U.S. military bases, damaging them with floods and other natural disasters. The increasing frequency of these events could lead to major consequences for the United States’ armed forces. Kiran Jivnani, consultant with the GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council, said the military is already focusing on preventative measures to secure vulnerable […]


Intelligence community developing overarching science and technology strategy

The intelligence community (IC) recently announced it will be working with commercial industries to protect U.S. national security from the growing number of threats by using cutting-edge tools and technologies. Dr. Stacey Dixon, principal deputy director of national intelligence, said the IC will be coming out with a science and technology strategy that will serve […]


Government should open more entry-level jobs to help address cyber workforce gaps, former White House official says

The United States has nearly 500,000 open jobs for cybersecurity across the country, according to CyberSeek, a job tracking database from the Commerce Department. Within the federal government, the Department of Homeland Security has hundreds of open positions just on its own and has created a new Cybersecurity Talent Management System. Ari Schwartz, managing director […]


Science and technology training for defense workforce needs improvement, says governance advisor

The Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Michael Brown says the Pentagon’s efforts to recruit science and technology talent are currently insufficient. The Defense Department needs to do a better job of recruiting, developing and retaining talent to create a more blended workforce. Loren DeJonge Schulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership […]


Ethical hackers will help government identify emerging cybersecurity threats

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) plans to put ethical hackers on a new cybersecurity advisory committee. The goal of that plan is to catch cyber weaknesses before they become actual breaches. Chris Cummiskey, former deputy under secretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security, now chief executive officer of Cummiskey Strategic Solutions, […]


Changes to CMMC likely not enough to keep defense contractor networks secure, former CIA official says

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program is meant to improve the network security of defense contractors, but following an internal review, the Pentagon is making changes and rolling out Version 2.0. Ron Marks, president of ZPN Cyber and National Security Strategies, former Central Intelligence Agency official and intelligence advisor to two Senate majority leaders, […]

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