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A transition of DISA directors

After three years at the helm of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Vice Adm. Nancy Norton's final day as director was Friday. She spent 34 years in the Navy, joining DISA in 2018 as its first female director. Norton leaves at a critical time for DISA as it prepares to issue an $11 billion IT services contract, lead a major consolidation of support agency IT networks and continue investigating the SolarWinds hack. Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner of the Air Force replaced Norton at a change of command and directorship ceremony. Jackson Barnett has more on Norton's legacy.

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Going commercial mid-pandemic

Like many federal agencies, the pandemic forced the National Cancer Institute to rethink the IT it was using. Specifically, NCI began using Microsoft Teams to communicate with and administer telemedicine to patients in clinical trials, replacing the “expensive and not user-friendly” custom systems it had used prior. Billy Mitchell has more.

Cyber standards start with procurement

If federal agencies want to introduce basic cybersecurity standards, they need to do so starting with the procurement process, experts said Friday. Large procurements, in particular, should be used to drive modern security architectures that better protect entire systems, said Jeanette Manfra, director of government security and compliance at Google. “The government is a very large consumer,” Manfra said. “They need to be driving what those security standards are that they want to see through their procurements.” Dave Nyczepir has this.


How open technology and process help the public sector innovate

The investments agencies have made over the last year in cloud infrastructure promises faster, more agile and more secure applications. But in addition to the infrastructure, leaders should look to cloud-native application development — using open source code — to add greater speed to software production and delivery lifecycles for both new and existing applications. Read more from Red Hat.

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