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February 3, 2014

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.

Federal Contractors Should Implement Cybersecurity in Operations & Products, Says DoD & GSA

The Defense Department and General Services Administration have agreed on at least one cybersecurity measure, that federal contractors should include cybersecurity measures in their operations. The government is beginning to understand that their IT security is not dependent on only themselves; that they also depend on the companies they work with to keep them secure. Read more about this on Fierce Government IT.

20 Cloud Computing Statistics Every CIO Should Know

We’re big believers in stats at Technically News. Used properly, they help tell a story. This week’s stat-filled article creates a narrative about cloud and why everyone is so obsessed with it – for good reason. While these figures are not public sector-specific, they do paint a larger picture for us. Silicon Angle has the rundown.

One Way Lawmakers Are Trying to Prevent Government IT Disasters

Would the creation of a US Digital Government Office help fix the issues highlighted by the launch and the mismanagement of the federal data center consolidation efforts? We might find out as the idea is gaining steam in Congress. They point to Britain’s Executive Director of Digital who oversees a team similar to the proposed office. NPR has the story.

Internet of Things Adds to Cybersecurity Challenge

We recently posted an article titled The Internet of Hackable Things. Last week, Michael Daniel, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, talked about the increased risks of a cyber attack due to the Internet of Things. He claims, and we agree, that “cybersecurity incidents are inevitable.” Read more of his thoughts over at Federal Times.

FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers

As of this publishing date, the FedRAMP deadline of June 5 is in exactly 122 days (about 10,540,800 seconds in case you wanted to know). It’s not only critical for cloud providers to get certified, but for federal agencies to prove that their cloud solutions meet the  requirements. As part of their ongoing FedRAMP series, Information Week looks at what happens if an agency isn’t ready in four months, two days.