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  • Symantec“™s Jim Russell: Get ready for tougher FISMA - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Symantec“™s Jim Russell: Get ready for tougher FISMA

    Through the years, Symantec“™s Jim Russell has offered this blunt assessment of FISMA: It lacks “teeth.“ The current law“™s inability to hold agencies accountable for data breaches, plus staff and budgetary issues, have driven inaction by many smaller agencies. Forty-two percent of them don“™t even have dedicated IT staff. But the tide is turning. More […] More

  • GovConExecutive Exclusive Interview: Ed Williams of Telos - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    GovConExecutive Exclusive Interview: Ed Williams of Telos

    GovConExecutive:  How do Telos’ secure networks provide built in hardware based security? Ed Williams:  There are basically four components; one is integrated Wireless Intrusion Protection Systems, which is called WIPS, which is a core component to any and all of our wireless installations.  There is 24/7 security monitoring of the network either by us or […] More

  • Is FISMA a “Showstopper“ for Health IT? - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Is FISMA a “Showstopper“ for Health IT?

    As the “meaningful use“ criteria is being written for the adoption of health IT for healthcare providers, government officials are beginning to worry about the implications of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) regulations on such a new industry. Many organizations are struggling to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations […] More

  • GAO Proposes Changes to FISMA - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    GAO Proposes Changes to FISMA

    The Government Accountablitity Office has written a letter, to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee“™s Government Management, Organization and Procurement Subcommittee, proposing changes to the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. They believe that the changes would decrease the amount of risk involved in federal information security.   The GAO has proposed that […] More

  • CIO Kundra Details Data.gov eGovernment Initiative - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    CIO Kundra Details Data.gov eGovernment Initiative

    Federal CIO Kundra spoke Monday at Wired“™s Disruptive by Design conference in Manhattan about his plan to give American citizens unprecedented access to their government’s raw data by launching Data.gov at the end of the month. Kundra said, “The premise behind behind Data.gov goes to the philosophy around transparency and open government that the president […] More

  • Gartner Group: Feds Must Take Operational Cybersecurity Role - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Gartner Group: Feds Must Take Operational Cybersecurity Role

    The Gartner Group released several recommendations for federal cybersecurity policy, advising the government to shift its focus away from increased reporting of attacks and visibility of the cybersecurity sector toward using its purchasing power to drive private-sector innovation toward eliminating built-in technological vulnerabilities rather than simply increasing firewall spending. The condensed version looks something like […] More

  • Vivek Kundra: FISMA Does Not Meet Federal Security Needs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Vivek Kundra: FISMA Does Not Meet Federal Security Needs

    Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been charged with the Obama administration“™s goals of increased governmental transparency and tighter security and oversight of Federal IT assets, and commented Tuesday that the Federal Information Security Management Act isn“™t working as it was intended: to safeguard federal information systems, as evidenced by recent breaches at the FAA and […] More

  • Benchmarking Green IT in offing for Federal Agencies? - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Benchmarking Green IT in offing for Federal Agencies?

    Now five years old, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) elicits varied reactions among Federal agency decision makers and the contractor community. While some rightly argue there is ample room for improvement in terms of how well the directive is protecting the government’s information assets, there is also no questioning it has led to […] More

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