This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @riva_solutions. Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1) Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is working alongside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to provide events forecasting technology services under a four-year contract that has a potential value of nearly $11 million.
2) Public and Private sectors are both moving to cloud computing for more and more services. The question they face now is: all cloud or mix-and-match.
3) Two Energy Department research facilities were taken offline by cyberattacks that caught administrators by surprise. All network services were initially shut down, but external e-mail was restored by the end of the day on July 6th.
4) A group of hackers known as the “Script Kiddies” has taken responsibility for a series of messages posted on Fox News’ Twitter account over the weekend. These messages claimed that President Barack Obama had been assassinated .
5) The Veterans Affairs Department expects to enable employees to use iPhones, iPads, Androids, and other mobile devices on the departmental network by the 1st of October. Details are still being hammered out, but this tool will increase connectivity between employees and the VA network.
6) The Government is rapidly turning to cloud computing to solve storage and security issues, but agencies are hesitant to let their traditional systems go. Cloud computing requires a shift in thinking for agency information technology shops and federal computer users alike.
7) The House committee wrestled with cybersecurity legislation on July 7th. This legislation would hopefully coordinate government and private-sector efforts while respecting individual privacy and civil liberties. There is general agreement on the need for swift change to solve this issue.