This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @RIVA_Solutions. And search our new hashtag, #FedBuzz, for daily updates and join the conversation! Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1. Pentagon Cedes Control of Defense Cyber Pilot to DHS
The Homeland Security Department will now be the point of contact for the DIB Cyber Security Pilot.
2. Public clouds for scientific applications cost up to 13x more
In December, the results of the Magellan study was released which revealed that the costs for cloud computing for scientific applications more expensive.
3. DISA returns to the drawing board on cloud plans
The government has mandated that government agencies downsize their computer equipment rooms. In doing so, many of those agencies were turning to DISA for assistance with moving their secured data to secured cloud plans.
4. New Variant of Zeus Trojan targeting bank accounts
Recently, the FBI released information warning of a new variant of the Zeus Trogan targeting bank accounts. The Trojan is being spread through phishing emails that state that their origination is from the Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or National Automated Clearing Hous Association.
5. Should contractors fear sequestration?
Federal agencies will soon have to make difficult decisions as they will be required to assist the federal government with saving money after the super-committee failed to find a way to save $1.2 trillion over the course of a decade. As a result, the agencies may have to cut spending by cutting amounts distributed to contractors.
6. Booz Allen cuts ranks to reduce costs, increase competitiveness
Today, Booz Allen Hamilton announced that they will be downsizing some of their senior and middle managers.
7. Facebook “invisible” sharing worries privacy advocates
Facebook recently unveiled a suite of more than 60 applications that will use Open Graph applications as part of Timeline. This article addresses the concerns of users whose information will be shared with partners openly and behind-the-scenes through the Open Graph.