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Exponential growth in climate data has presented both opportunities and challenges

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is combining its assets in information technology and space to learn more about how climate affects a variety of government initiatives. The agency uses those assets to predict trends. Deke Arndt, director of the Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information at NOAA, […]


Former United States chief information officer supports Senate cyber bill

A new Senate bill would require organizations to report cyber hacks to the government within 24 hours. The bill is the latest attempt to face the growing issue of cyber breaches in the public and private sectors. Tony Scott, former federal chief information officer and now chief executive officer of The TonyScottGroup, said he thinks […]


Risk from threats to Global Positioning System technology is exaggerated, says engineering expert

Military services say they will rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to fight the future fight, but the department may be leaving better, less fragile technology on the table. Richard Mason, senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, said risks and disruption from jamming of GPS systems tend to be overstated. Mason said backup technology […]


Former Air Force program director praises progressive cloud strategy from Defense Department

Worldwide data availability for any shooter, any time is the end goal of the Defense Department’s new Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) Cloud Strategy. One defense cloud expert calls the new strategy “awesome to see.” Robert Slaughter, former director of the Platform One program in the Air Force, said the document is very forward-leaning […]


Simplicity is key for effective government websites, says former US deputy chief technology officer

The nominee to lead the General Services Administration Robin Carnahan says the government can’t implement policy if it “can’t get the damn websites to work.” If the Senate confirms her, Carnahan says she’ll focus on enhancing the agency’s cyber posture, building a secure digital infrastructure and making the services more user-friendly. Nick Sinai, former deputy […]


Hardware-enforced technology necessary for security, says defense cyber strategist

Ransomware attacks are hitting state and local governments in addition to private sector companies and academic institutions. The federal government has escaped those attacks, at least so far. Daniel O’Donohue, former director of Joint Force development and design in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said civilian agencies should transition […]


Cyber executive order is a “game changer,” says Department of Veterans Affairs official

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) say they have no evidence of data loss after the SolarWinds hack. President Biden signed an executive order last month to boost U.S. cyber defenses after high-level cyberattacks. Gary Stevens, executive director for information security policy and strategy at the Department of Veterans Affairs, said the executive […]

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