For the past few years, the word “open” has been a cornerstone of government IT. Not open in terms of security, of course—that would never do—but open in relation to technology that allows for greater agility and flexibility, as outlined in the Federal Source Code Policy.
Although still in its infancy in the public sector, making the shift to DevOps methodologies is starting to catch on with many government agencies, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the EPA, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
As you may know, with DevOps, IT tasks and application deployment that would normally take months or years, now take weeks.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day.
On the same day that U.S. intelligence agencies issued a non-classified report citing that Russian state-sponsored influence campaigns sought to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process…” using a blend of covert activity (such as cyber activity) with overt efforts (state-funded media, paid trolls, etc.) the Department of Homeland Security took steps to protect the bedrock of our voting system – the nation’s election infrastructure.
Last year, over 420 million malware variants were discovered, over half a billion personal information records were lost to breaches and one zero-day vulnerability was discovered each week.
It’s time to fight back!
I’m fed up. Better yet, I’m “F.U.D.-ed” up. In every cybersecurity conference, in every threat report, in every blog and every bit of cybersecurity marketing literature I see one tiresome theme: “The bad guys are after us! It’s getting worse every day! How will we fix it? Can we fix it? There’s no magic bullet! The cyber sky is falling, run for your cyber life!” In other words, an unrelenting stream of– Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
The saying “new year, new you” typically refers to the resolutions that people make around this time of year – but did you know it can also apply to the approach you can take in honing your 2015 IT skills?