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. Social media aids diplomacy, disaster relief
There is a shift in communication style, thanks to advancements in technology. US embassies learn about situations involving US citizens faster using social media networks such as Twitter. Those same embassies tweet important safety information for those citizens traveling abroad.
2. Kendall: Cyber acquisition is unique
Frank Kendall recently announced the Defense Department is working on a plan to help expedite the process of acting on cyber threats.
3. Inside the biggest M&A deals of 2011
Take a look back at the merger and acquisition activities of 2011
4. Imagine that: Government can learn a thing or two from industry
According to Michele Foster, the military does a great job of adapting new technologies. However, they could learn more from the technology industry.
5. Why you need to know about Big Data
Thanks to the exploding use of sensors, mobile devices and social networks, coupled with broadband communications, the amount of data collected by government, private enterprise and individuals has far outstripped our ability to analyze it effectively and even to store it.
6. GSA hands cloud security marching orders
The General Services Administration released marching orders for cloud certification program. The purpose is to provide federal agencies and their contractor(s) step-by-step instructions for the mandatory authorizations scheduled to begin in June.
7. SEC lacks in configuration management say OIG
The Securities and Exchange Commission has not kept their cybersecurity documentation up-to-date. According to Networking Institute of Technology, the agency does have a continuous monitoring program… But it lacks an updated specification for the controls that should be placed on its systems in the first place and hasn’t scanned to see that even the outdated specifications have been configured correctly, the OIG report says.
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