Government IT

Amazon, Microsoft Cloud Services Could Suffer from Shutdown

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Microsoft, Amazon and other Seattle-based companies that offer cloud services may take a hit if the federal government shutdown lingers. With hundreds of thousands of federal workers on furlough, the need for cloud solutions may prove to be less-than-critical. Typically, the government, as well as private sector customers, pay for cloud services on a monthly basis or with an annual subscription. If those customers terminate their agreements early, providers lose expected revenue, even though they’ll often collect a penalty fee.… continue…

Federal Tech Hiring Has Declined Since January

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Just in time for the government shut down, we learn that Federal IT hiring has slipped throughout 2013. A Computerworld analysis of employment data found that each month this year, fewer tech jobs were posted than during the corresponding month in 2012. Since budget Sequestration took effect in March, IT job listings dropped from about 200 each month to 150. With today’s shutdown, all federal hiring is frozen. At the end of 2012, the government’s IT workforce had grown to almost… continue…

Government CIOs Don’t Stay in Place for Long

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Increasingly, CIOs in government are walking through a revolving door. Based on an annual survey of nearly 2,000 CIOs, the research firm Gartner says the average tenure of a public-sector CIO is 3.4 years, down from the 4.2 reported in 2012. In the private sector, however, CIOs remain in their jobs for an average of 5.7 years, up from 4.7 years in 2012. There’s no single explanation for the short tenure in government, though no doubt politics plays a role,… continue…

Sequestration and Its Impact on Big Data

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Many have heard the word “Sequestration” bandied about in the press, but few seem to know what it means. It refers to budget cuts to federal spending that began on March 1, 2013 as an austerity fiscal policy enacted by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The spending reductions are approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal year 2013, with similar cuts for years 2014 through 2021. Starting the week of July 8, 2013, many civilian federal workers will be forced to… continue…

How Sequestration Will Pinch IT

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Although the defense sector has been the focus of discussion on how sequestration will impact technology, the overall industry is sure to feel the pain as well. For those of you who haven’t looked at the news for the last six months or so, sequestration is the name given to the automatic spending cuts that began to slice into both domestic and defense programs on March 1. In California alone, a minimum of 5,000 tech jobs, excluding those in aerospace… continue…

Europeans Flog Themselves with Cyber Attacks

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A massive denial of service attack hit more than 300 European public and private institutions this week, including major government agencies such as the UK’s spy agencies MI5 and MI6 and several banks. The interesting thing is that the assault wasn’t by some hacker. It was a coordinated attempt by the agencies and businesses themselves. Welcome to the latest round of defensive planning for the next real cyber war. The Cyber Europe 2012 exercise was run by the European Network… continue…

All the NSA Cares About is How Well You Know Tech

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I ran across a clever advertisement from the National Security Agency (NSA): If you were a prominent, active competitor at the recent DEF CON, they want to talk to you about a job. In addition to the usual laundry list of skills — like design/analysis of LANs/WANs, JAVA, C++, rapid prototyping and algorithm development — they’ve specifically called out that their ideal candidates have “a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.” That phrase “equivalent experience” opens the door to people who… continue…

Power Pwn Monitors Network Security… and Secretly

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The device in the picture might look like a surge protector, but it isn’t. It’s a $1,295 security device called the Power Pwn, which was put together by Vermont-based Pwnie Express, with a little financial assistance from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Power Pwn contains hidden Bluetooth and Wi-Fi adapters, along with a range of hacking and remote access tools. It’s designed to allow network administrators to remotely test network security, without arousing any suspicions. Pwnie Express has… continue…

The Pentagon’s Four-Step Cloud Strategy [DiceTV]

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The Defense Department unveiled a four-step strategy intended to create a department-wide computing environment, in part using commercial services and the cloud.

Pentagon Reveals A Comprehensive Approach to the Cloud

The Defense Department’s new top-to-bottom cloud strategy is intended to lead to a DoD-wide environment and leverage a range of commercial services, as well. Said department CIO Teresa M. Takai: The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy introduces an approach to move the department from the current state of a duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos to an end state which is an agile, secure, and cost effective service environment that can rapidly respond to changing mission needs Behind all… continue…