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Army's search for a data platform

The Army is on the hunt for an enterprise platform and services to manage its data. A new request for information published by the Army's Enterprise Cloud Management Agency outlines the need for services to help enable the type of information collection and processing it needs to win in the future and modernize business practices. “[T]he Army must fundamentally transform its approach to data governance and data management, which requires a standardized, secure, trusted, agile and resilient set of data management services and a data platform to serve all common data governance needs across all data domains,” the RFI states. Jackson Barnett has more.

A Message From AWS Educate

With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Agile-first everything

Agility is needed for more than just software development. Government agencies need to think bigger about how they can be agile, including with their IT procurement, finance, budgeting and hiring, according to former General Services Administration CIO Casey Coleman. “If you think about how work gets done on the ground in departments and agencies, we still have old waterfall processes,” said Coleman, now a senior vice president with Salesforce. “There’s an opportunity now to think about what we’ve learned in the pandemic and to change the way we operate to Agile First.” Dave Nyczepir has this.

Double check your OT connections

The National Security Agency warned defense contractors in a recent memo to reexamine the security of the connections between their operational technology and information technology in light of recent alleged Russian hacking. The memo comes in the wake of the sweeping SolarWinds espionage operation that U.S. authorities believe was conducted by Russia. “Each IT-OT connection increases the potential attack surface,” the NSA said. “To prevent dangerous results from OT exploitation, OT operators and IT system administrators should ensure only the most imperative IT-OT connections are allowed, and that these are hardened to the greatest extent possible.” Read more on CyberScoop.

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