Technically News – 9/23

September 23, 2013

Technically News scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a weekly source of IT news, information, and ideas that impact the public sector.

NetApp Outlines Strategy for Data Management Across Clouds

Last week, NetApp announced their vision for the cloud. They will be using their clustered Data ONTAP operating system to provide cloud management across private and public clouds. Their goal is to allow organizations to keep complete ownership of their data by using a universal data platform across cloud platforms. Data Center Knowledge has the article.

Major Changes Ahead as NIST Cybersecurity Framework Nears Oct. Publication

Over the last month, we’ve dedicated a healthy amount of time reporting on the upcoming NIST framework. This week, on the home stretch, we’re bringing you an article on the last second changes still happening before it’s published. CSO Online has a great article on the race to implement final additions and iron out remaining kinks.

State Finds Power in Data Center Consolidation

Like much of the media, we’ve posted our fair share of articles noting the FDCCI’s “bumpy” road to reaching their federal data center consolidation goals. Today, we thought we’d shed light on a consolidation effort that’s actually working, which brings us to Utah. GCN recounts how they’ve cut $4 million out of their IT budget by consolidating 35 data centers.

More Than 1 in 5 Cyber Jobs Vacant at Key DHS Division

A section in our cybersecurity infographic highlighted the need for more security experts, yet there’s a reduction in federal dollars going to training them. Last week, we finally heard hard numbers to support it. According to a new GOA report, the DHS has a vacancy rate of 22% in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. NextGov has the details.

Cybersecurity Depends on Smarter Design, NIST Fellow Says

“We’re never going to have fully secure systems ever against,” Ron Ross, a fellow with NIST, recently said. In an interview with Main Justice, Ron outlines his ideas for a new kind of cybersecurity. Instead of relying on simple patches and basic software, he wants the government to invest in “systems that are built with defenses in mind from the outset.”