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Era of zero-trust architecture arrives for Navy

The Navy is using disruption from the coronavirus pandemic as fuel to change its cybersecurity architecture. The service will move toward a zero-trust model to better defend its networks, CIO Aaron Weis said Thursday. By moving to zero trust, the Navy will assume what prior reviews of its cybersecurity have shown: that its networks inevitably are penetrated. Weis announced the pivot during the Nutanix Cloud Together Summit 2020 produced by FedScoop. “It is an exciting time as priorities have shifted,” for how the department has moved forward with modernizing its IT during the pandemic, Weis said. Jackson Barnett has more from Weis.

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White House wants agencies in sync on global competition

Trump administration officials say the White House is providing federal agencies with general priorities for maintaining the U.S.’s competitive edge across 20 technology areas. The National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies consists of two pillars: promoting the national security innovation base and protecting the U.S. advantage in technology. “The strategy announcement doesn’t include specific announcements of funding or announcements of any sanctions or similar measures,” said one senior administration official. “But what it does signal is a new coordination among agencies.” Dave Nyczepir explains the announcement.

David Markowitz is new Army CDO

A longtime military technology official, David Markowitz, will lead the Army's efforts to implement Department of Defense data strategies as the military looks to turn data into a warfighting tool. Markowitz took over as the Army's chief data officer this week, a spokesman told FedScoop. He replaced Greg Garcia, who in addition to serving as CDO was dual-hatted as the acting deputy chief information officer of the Army. Jackson has more.

Google Cloud signs on with Department of Energy

Google Cloud is the Department of Energy's choice as it plans to scale research efforts at its National Laboratories and field sites. The five-year agreement with Google Cloud for productivity tools includes Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Workspace, Chrome browser support and professional services. A news release from Google did not specify a dollar amount for the contract. Dave has this one.

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