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  The Department of Defense’s Defense Information Systems Agency recently released their strategic plan for the next 5 years.  DISA is a Combat Support Agency that “provides, operates, and assures command and control, information sharing capabilities, and a globally...

I’d appreciate your views on the most important tech blogs, the ones you find are of critical importance to keeping you informed on emerging technologies relevant to your decision-making. I have a list of my favorites embedded below. These are the blogs at the forefront of top...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation denies that one of their laptops had been hacked by AntiSec and that the file of 12 million Apple device IDs they claim to have leaked even existed. The Defense Information Systems Agency released its strategic plan for 2013-2018 focusing on communi...
So I’m reading the news today and I discover an article about a father whose child needs additional medical care that his insurance company does not want to pay for.  Most people’s response is one of horror and anger and “this is why we should have ‘ObamaCare’”.  But some ver...
As part of Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s digital strategy to make application programming interfaces “the new default in government,” U.S. foreign assistance payments, nuclear reactors’ daily event reports and a national sex offender registry will soon be released with ...

Fed Tech Magazine recently released their list of “50 Must-Read Federal Technology Blogs,” which included CTOvision.com. The list is a great resource, featuring the blogs of numerous government CIOs, CTOs, cybersecurity experts, and departments, as well as top federal ne...

ISF urges business to use Big Data Analytics for security purposes – in a recent ISF study, they had six key findings as well a large number of recommendations. “The key recommendation is for organizations to exploit their existing data analytics capabilities, to identify security area...
A big thank you to BISNOW and my fellow panel members for an outstanding discussion and very informative event, last week's Data Center Investment Conference and Expo. The federal marketplace is certainly being changed by cloud and the data center industry is certainly willing and able...
NIST released a new publication entitled Cloud Computing Synopsis & Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146) that describes in detail the current cloud computing environment, explains the economic opportunities and risks associated with cloud adoption, and openly addresses the sec...
The Transportation Security Administration has failed to comply with a year-old U.S. Court of Appeals order to hold public hearings to decide on body scanner rules and regulations. More here. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking technology that can spot criminals and terror...
The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General reported that some Customs and Border Protection critical information technology systems are prone to periodic outages. More here. The Department of Defense released a four step cloud strategy that appoints the Defense Information ...
CTOvision, CTOlabs and the tech consultancy behind them Crucial Point LLC are all run out of the Washington DC area. We seek global views of technology but this region is definitely our base and we have a very high percentage of readers in the local ecosystem. For those of you here, y...

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Department of Homeland Security has launched a new initiative to develop and recruit the national cybersecurity workforce. More here. A Washington Post poll finds that Americans are divided about what r...

On June 6th, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the government’s cloud security assessment plan known as FedRAMP will begin accepting security certification applications from companies that provide software services and data storage through the cloud. On Monday, GS...
Late today the FedRAMP Program Management Office released the first list of certified Third Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs). These companies are accredited to perform initial and periodic assessment of cloud service provider (CSP) systems per FedRAMP requirements, provide eviden...
Anonymous claimed credit for taking down the Department of Justice and Central Intelligence Agency websites, as well at the website of MI6 in the UK. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a request for proposals for more power-efficient processes in embedd...
These days, the number of Cloud applications on the market is rapidly expanding as businesses warm up to the Cloud delivery model. While the proliferation of Cloud options on the market is great for spurring competition and innovation in the Cloud, it has resulted in a diverse array of...
NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and Gravitant®, a provider of cloud brokerage and management solutions for IT enterprises, announce a new strategic alliance. Under the terms of the partnership, the two comp...
Faced with a need to find huge cost reductions the Province of Ontario is in the same place as many governments throughout the world – They’ve shouldered the debt to see us through the financial meltdown and now need to be smart about how they digest what they’ve taken on. They’re als...
One of the most fun aspects of hosting The Cloudcast (.net) podcast is that we take a completely vendor-neutral and technology-neutral stance on what we discuss and who we invite onto the show. Lots of learning and lots of great discussions. And occasionally we ask a few questions and ...
The Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) conference is held once a year by the Defense Intelligence Agency technology leadership team. This is an incredible event full of information-packed presentations and social sessions.  One of its greatest features is a...
The main objective of our projects like the Drummond Report and Cloud analysis, is to focus on the relationship between the technology and the desired outcomes in terms of business transformation. The Drummond Report is another political exercise focused on the growing public sector d...
According to the story published by The Guardian, Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails revealed. A senior aide to Asma al-Assad, Fares Kallas, took issue with the site over 11 accounts. Half of the accoun...
While most commentary about managed cloud services tend to focus on the advances in commercial enterprise applications, government agencies are also making noteworthy progress. In particular, the advent of regional community cloud hubs is a phenomenon that's worthy of further explorati...
academia and government on the mission needs and benefits of new approaches to Information Technology implementation in support of national security missions. The report, titled “Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community” was highlighted ...
NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions (IT) providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, announces that a white paper addressing the risks and benefits of cloud computing for the intelligence community (IC)—co-authored by Kevin L. Jackson, NJVC vice president...
Cloud technologies are not all about cost savings through IT optimization. Innovative use of technology can help governments that are stuck with legacy applications leapfrog into a whole new way of delivering services. A lot has been spoken about cloud technology for government use an...
The National Science Foundation released their report on cloud computing. It can be found here. The intent of this report is to provide information that guides funding programs. The NSF used NIST’s guidance on cloud computing to inform their research and decision making. This report wi...
[Editor's note: this analysis predates any official announcements by NASA] Recently, some news of a NASA hack-and-dump passed my twitter deck. I decided after watching a few of my friends re-tweet the news that it might be worth checking out. At least I’d see if I could perform some...
I’m at a State Department conference at Georgetown U about real-time data. I’m unfortunately going to have to miss a chunk of the afternoon due to another obligation.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness...
The previous blog talked about Municipalities beginning to move into a mode where they not only buy in Cloud services, but they also become a seller of them too. Research analyst IDC calls these ‘Cloud Hubs’ in new insights they are revealing about how this effect is alread...
In recent discussions with IT leaders from both federal and Department of Defense sides of US government, representatives stated that they are having a heck of a time accommodating expansive growth in mobile computing. This is critical given that today, in most cases, agencies and depa...
We’ve recently heard a few big announcements for mobile computing in the military, which has long been blocked by security issues. First, the US Defense Information Systems Agency approved Dell Android 2.2 for use on Department of Defense networks with a few notable limitations. DoD us...
The Navy Marine Corps Intranet is the largest individual network in the world. The only larger network is the Internet. This huge network sprawl requires a great deal of strategy, concern and planning. Over 700,000 users rely on the intranet to receive IT services. This is a huge netwo...
Over the past years, government cloud computing has steadily moved forward from it's early beginnings as an interesting curiosity. Since Sunday's broadcast, I've been asked numerous times about my real answer to the question "Will 'Cloud Computing' Work In White House". Although I wou...
The Government Big Data Solutions Award was established to highlight innovative solutions and facilitate the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and creative ideas for addressing Big Data challenges. The top five nominees and overall winner was announced at Hadoop World in New ...
The National Cloud Technologist Association is bringing the CloudMASTER & CloudGURU certification classes to the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2012. First introduced in November at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, this continuing education program provides a s...
One of the key topics for our Shared Services Canada webinar will be ‘Government PaaS’, referring to Platform as a Service. Recently I have been interviewing senior executives in large enterprises adopting Enterprise Cloud Computing (see our intro white paper here), and PaaS is one of...
NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is pleased to announce that Kevin Jackson, general manager, cloud services, will participate in the “Security Assumption Buster Panel” during the National Institute of...
One of the headline ‘R&D Working Groups‘ we’re starting up as part of our Canadian Cloud Best Practices program is ‘Federal Government Cloud’. As the name suggests this is a best practices program that will define how a Federal Government can implement a Cloud Computing strategy. Th...