Right in the middle of the holiday season, as much of the world was preparing to take some deserved time off to celebrate with their families and bid 2020 a less-than-fond farewell, some terrible news broke involving a number of government agencies and large enterprises. A common network management platform that is used widely across the public and private sectors had been victim to a supply chain attack, and the networks and data of a large number of users had been compromised.
There is no lack of high-stress industries and occupations that have to battle against burnout and employee fatigue. They’re problems that face a number of jobs – from hospital staff to airline pilots. But, when you think about occupations that deal with fatigue and burnout, application developers may not be top of mind.
However, as the application development process has accelerated, and as dev teams have begun deploying new capabilities, patches, and updates with increased frequency, burnout has become a real problem.
The Air Force wants to open its Platform One services to private sector partnerships with the hope of tapping into a consortium of academic and industry organizations to enhance its coding environment.
2020 was a transformative year for public sector IT. Accelerated by necessity, agencies rapidly scaled and secured their digital ecosystems to accommodate a newly remote workforce. Against this backdrop, significant cybersecurity hacks revealed continued vulnerabilities in the federal supply chain and state and local IT infrastructures.
Looking forward there is much work to be done. A new administration, new regulations and continued reliance on the cloud will shape public sector IT through 2021.
Each month DLT’s GovIT podcast series explores a different technology, what it is and how it can help public sector organizations achieve their monetization goals and accomplish their missions. Recently, our host, Tom Temin, sat down with BMC Software's Jon Powers for a Q&A about security operations or SecOps for the public sector.
Here are some highlights of their discussion.
Q: What is SecOps?
Federal agencies are developing and releasing software and apps at a rapid speed. This haste comes at a price. Verizon reports that nearly 70% of the data breaches it investigated in 2019 were due to attackers targeting vulnerabilities in public-facing web applications. It also introduces compliance risk.
Cloud native is transforming how the public sector builds and runs applications bringing agility, flexibility, scalability, and decreased downtime and cost. The de facto foundation of cloud native application development is Kubernetes. But getting started with Kubernetes isn’t as simple as it appears. While it’s relatively uncomplicated to spin up a cluster in the cloud, getting from there to production is a bit more daunting.