The NIST Cyber Security Framework has been Released – Now What?

The much-anticipated National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework was formally released on February 12th, 2014. The expectation set for this Framework in the President’s Executive Order (E.O. 13636) released a year ago was that the Framework would provide a “set of standards, methodologies, procedures and processes … to address cyber risks” in the Nation’s… Read More »

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How Do We Fix Federal IT Procurement?

Recently, there has been a good bit of media attention recently on failed Federal IT projects. The troubled launch of HealthCare.gov highlighted failures in the areas of technology, management processes, and leadership. The highly-publicized unsuccessful launch quickly led to calls for reform of Federal IT procurement practices. In another recent example, the Air Force abandoned a $1 Billion… Read More »

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How Well is DHS Doing in Executing its Cyber Security Mission?

From inception, there has been vigorous debate about DHS’s cyber security mission. A multi-year debate followed the assignment of this role to DHS, questioning the wisdom of trying to grow a new capability in DHS rather than handing this task to the well-resourced and better-skilled NSA. In DHS’s early years, there was criticism that there was not enough… Read More »

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Acquisition Reform: Signal Magazine Article

John Gilligan in AFCEA Signal Magazine – Excerpts John Gilligan, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Schafer Corporation, says that if government would come to industry and clearly describe the problem to be solved rather than a solution, “It is amazing what industry could provide.” Gilligan previously served in the U.S. Air Force as a civilian employee, including as… Read More »

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