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“MOVING BUREAUCRACIES TOWARD MODERN CLOUD PRACTICE”

(June 1, 2018)

Across the government, different groups are identifying technologies, policies and acquisition strategies that clear away barriers and help agencies begin to realize the full benefits of cloud. Too often, cloud adoption recreates physical datacenters, and doesn’t realize the cloud benefits of experimentation, iteration, rapid release and disposability, while increasing security and compliance through automation. Will and Peter discuss the range of cloud needs across agencies, successful agile cloud migration strategies we’ve applied, how 18F has helped another agency move to biweekly releases (while saving 1.5% of their total budget), how Federalist has saved over $10 million/year in compliance costs alone while helping agencies experiment with cloud hosting, and where they see these efforts moving over the next year.

NITRD NewsLetter - April 2018

NITRD NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2018

(April 16, 2018)

“Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived – driverless cars, home and mobile assistants, real-time traffic routing, advising systems for everything from stock markets to healthcare, helpdesk chatbots, and more. Rapid AI advancements are enabled by technologies that NITRD agencies helped create, including powerful and pervasive networked computing and sensors, big data, and machine learning (ML) algorithms…” – Dr. Bryan Biegel (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information).

FRAMEWORK FOR IMPROVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY

“FRAMEWORK FOR IMPROVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY” – MATTHEW BARRETT

(March 22, 2018)

With increasing reliance on technology, businesses are increasingly transitioning from trust to digital trust models. This transition has been hindered by the lack of a common language for understanding, managing, and expressing cybersecurity risk inside and outside of organizations. The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (“The Framework”) was published in February 2014 to provide a common cybersecurity risk management language, as well as a common approach. The Framework can be used to help identify and prioritize actions for reducing cybersecurity risk, and is a tool for aligning policy, business, and technological approaches to managing that risk.

NITRD NewsLetter - January 2018

NITRD NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2018

(January 16, 2018)

“The NITRD Program will be essential in helping our Nation achieve a brighter future through advances in information technology (IT). Evidence of this is seen in past Federal IT R&D, which led to technologies that help us today (e.g. the Internet, Global Positioning System, and smartphone assistants). Current Federal IT R&D is creating a world of personalized learning, personalized healthcare, and computers capable of answering any technical question… The U.S. government has a decades-long record of helping to achieve a brighter future with advanced IT through two roles: leading the world’s IT advancement through aggressive funding of IT R&D, and leading the use of IT for social good, as evidenced by recent NITRD area strategic plans, which seek societal interests as well as technology advancement…” – Dr. Bryan Biegel (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information).”