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The zero trust imperative

As the Department of Defense continues large-scale telework, it's working to build a zero-trust security architecture into its networks — particularly as the department battles an increase in phishing attacks. John Sherman, the DOD’s principal deputy chief information officer, said the challenges of the pandemic have pushed the conversion toward action. But the move hasn't been without resistance, Sherman said, hinting there has been dissent among some agencies in DOD over how to make zero trust a reality. “This crisis has forced us to think differently,” he said. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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Sen. Warner: Pentagon tech spending should be ‘reexamined’ post-COVID

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is calling for the DOD to reevaluate its investments in legacy technology platforms as the pandemic is likely to curtail government spending. Warner is hopeful Congress can pass another COVID-19 stimulus bill before Thanksgiving, but with the defecit and national debt going up, defense spending could face cuts. “Everybody agrees with that macro point until you then get to the micro point of: Alright, which parts of that budget are you willing to take out?” Warner said Tuesday. “I do think some of our legacy platforms need to be reexamined.” Dave Nyczepir has more.

Army needs CISO-as-a-service

The Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Office is building out a DevSecOps environment across the service and is looking for industry's help. In specific, the service is seeking “CISO-as-a-service” assistance — that is, contractors and tools that would help the force’s technology leaders with securing cloud services. It’s a way of requesting more firepower from industry to secure enterprisewide technology. Jackson's got this.


Using data analytics to build strategic workforce development plans

A recent survey showed federal leaders are concerned about being able to replenish their IT staffs with a younger generation of talent. 46% of those survey said that a key opportunity to improve IT workforce development lies in prioritized funding to support upskilling or reskilling opportunities. That’s one reason agencies need data analytics tools to establish more proactive skills development programs, says Brandon Peay, executive vice president of skills at Pluralsight. Read Peay’s insights on filling IT skills gaps.

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