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    Voting in Georgia: good news for democracy, bad news about govtech

    The lines for early voting in Georgia are a sign of citizen engagement, Steve Kelman writes. But they're at least partly due to a new digital voting system. 10/13/2020

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    A future-proof security model for a modern, mobile government

    COVID-19 has shown the importance of the extensibility and scalability of the cloud and has been a forcing factor, expediting modernization initiatives – including security modernization. 10/05/2020

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    Here we go again: 'diversity training' and government contractors

    Steve Kelman takes issue with using the government's purchasing power to push unrelated political goals. 10/02/2020

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    How to shift CMMC for the future

    While the goal of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is to establish a unified standard for cybersecurity practices across the DOD, it does not directly address specific control expectations or risks associated with organization-specific threat actors. 09/28/2020

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    Cancel culture: Tales from the U.S. and China

    Steve Kelman looks at how a tale of cancel culture in the U.S. was misunderstood in China. 09/24/2020

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    A call for visionary investment

    Investing in IT modernization is not an either-or proposition, Rep. Connolly writes. This pandemic has presented Congress a choice: We can put our head in the sand and pretend these failures didn't happen, or we can take action to be prepared for the future. 09/24/2020

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    Don't tap COVID relief for IT modernization funds

    Taxpayer money spent on the response to the pandemic should be targeted and temporary, with significant transparency and accountability, and should not include a proposed $1 billion addition to the Technology Modernization Fund. 09/23/2020

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    Culture and IT modernization

    Attempting to modernize without a comprehensive approach that accounts for an agency's culture, engages its workforce and addresses critical business practices can actually create new or additional challenges that limit effectiveness and negatively affect mission outcomes. 09/18/2020

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    SolarWinds fallout makes secure communications a critical first line of defense

    Crisis situations like this one can induce the fog-of-war and lead to tradeoffs during remediation. While we may not know the full extent of the damage for some time, as is always the case in an event like this, we need to stop the bleeding. We must not afford the adversary an easy path to more information. 01/15/2021

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    IoT cyber law signed amid growing vulnerabilities

    The passage of the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 means that NIST will start to address the gap in post-market guidance to help organizations adequately address newly discovered vulnerabilities in devices already on their networks. 12/22/2020

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    After Solar Winds, it's time for a National Software Security Act

    The time has come for Congress to regulate security in the software industry by mandating minimal best practices for software companies selling software products or services in America. 12/16/2020