Some lawmakers and bipartisan leaders are heavily criticizing OPM’s Katherine Archuleta; The Defense Information Systems Agency released its updated strategic plan; and Gartner predicts IoT will include more than 26 billion connected devices by 2020. All this news and more in this week’s federal news round up from FTI.
DISA Brings New 5-year Plan, Focusing on the Pentagon’s Joint Information Environment and Cyberspace Operations
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s strategic plan for 2015-2020, released by DISA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. June 16, demands streamlining its networks as well as taking advantage of commercial technology and supporting mobile computing.
In addition, the plan depicts a “technology watch list,” which puts emphasis on technological areas most critical for DISA to develop and understand. Said areas include networking, computing and storage, unified capabilities, mobility and applications.
OPM’s Archuleta is Under Fire: Some Lawmakers call for Resignation While Democrats and Republicans Rigorously Question
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, did not waste time sugarcoating.
“You failed. You failed utterly and totally,” Chaffetz said, when Office of Personnel Management’s Director Katherine Archuleta did not say why the hacked data was not encrypted. Archuleta testified on Capitol Hill June 16 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning the data breach, according to the Associated Press.
According to Federal News Radio, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Operations, said
“It is time that Director Archuleta step down and be replaced with someone prepared to immediately address cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the agency.”
Natural Gas – Another Potential Cyber Issue the Coast Guard Wants to Tackle
Similar to the Defense Departments updated cyber strategy, the Coast Guard released its cyber strategy, a plan which highlights three strategic priorities:
- Defend cyberspace
- Enable operations
- Protect infrastructure
A prime area of concern, according to Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, is defending the United States’ exports of natural gas, according to Defense Systems.
USDA, Microsoft Team Up and Use Farming Data to Predict the Future of Climate Change
Among the many technological spectacles presented at Microsoft’s tech fair in Washington, D.C., one initiative focuses on a basic human necessity: food. Leveraging an enterprise-grade cloud computing platform, the Department of Agriculture’s initiative transforms farming data into a tool for predicting and preparing for climate change impacts, according to GCN.
Internet of Things (IoT) Continues its Rise of Machine-to-Machine Communication
IoT is rapidly becoming a tangible technology potentially capable of being used in data centers. The system is essentially comprised of machines or objects outfitted with data-collecting technologies. The objects can then communicate with one another. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data holds a wide variety of uses and Gartner predicts IoT will include more than 26 billion connected devices by 2020, TechTarget reports.
It’s hopeful that IoT could provide more value than what can be derived from secluded islands of information, said Sam Lucero, senior principal analyst, M2M and Internet of Things, at IHS Electronics & Media in Tempe, Ariz.