Commentary

  • Bigger is not better for OPM

    The Office of Personnel Management’s data breach has people questioning the competence of OPM’s staff and leaders, and asking why OPM exists in the first place, says former DHS HR executive Jeff Neal. So what does something other than business-as-usual look like?

  • The big cybersecurity challenge: Time-to-detection

    The problem with most data breaches is that too often, IT and security staffs only find out about them long after the damage has been done and the hackers have moved on to other soft targets, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

  • Agencies must ask first, cut later with data center consolidation

    Greg Gardner of NetApp details four key strategies to making data center consolidation into a business and decision-making activity.

  • Jared Serbu: How to build an effective early warning system for attacks in cyberspace

    The commander of US Cyber Command says he wants to create an effective early warning system for cyberspace – potentially ringing alarm bells when foreign adversaries are preparing attacks on government, or even private networks. But to do it, he says he needs more voluntary sharing of cyber threat information between the federal government and commercial companies. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

  • Brian Miller: Another roadblock for the Inspector General community

    The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel says Inspectors General must get permission from their agencies before getting certain documents like grand jury, wiretap and credit information. But Inspectors General say they need independent access to information to do their jobs. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is asking for Congress’ help now by pushing for a bill that would give IGs that access. Brian Miller is the managing director at Navigant and former inspector general at the General Services Administration. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the contradictions he sees with this OLC opinion.

  • What’s next for OPM?

    Something as big and as shocking as the OPM data breach can be a credibility killer for any organization. Even so, former Homeland Security HR executive Jeff Neal says he’s been surprised by the number of people saying OPM should be shut down and have its mission transferred to other agencies.

  • Bloated websites, complex software and agile development

    The drive to make software more and more functional may be behind what seems to be a disturbing trend towards failures in critical systems. Because of this, two problems linger with software controlled systems: they can be difficult to interact with, and in their complexity, they produce effects even expert operators can’t foresee.

  • Shared services: A key part of a 21st century federal cyber strategy

    OPM’s recent cybersecurity breach shows how tight budgets, limited expertise and cultural blind spots create perfect storms of agency vulnerability throughout the federal environment.

  • Letter to the Editor: Archuleta should’ve stayed

    Alan Paller and John Pescatore of the SANS Institute explain why Katherine Archuleta’s departure may not be a fair nor effective means for addressing the cybersecurity problems at OPM.

  • The culture of cyber insecurity

    The OPM breach exemplifies the failure to recognize that cybersecurity is a challenge that must be owned by everyone within an agency, says former Homeland Security HR executive Jeff Neal.

  • How a well-placed plant can save your office money

    Simply ensuring offices have views to the outside, contain plants, receive adequate daylight or have nature-inspired art all help create a more inviting, healthy environment. Bill Browning offers tips on making your office a more productive place for employees by bringing the outside in.

  • Why words matter when it comes to disability accommodations in your office

    Ensuring effective office space accommodations for people with disabilities necessitates increased understanding of what accommodations really are, says the Labor Department’s Jennifer Sheehy. And that starts with the words we use.

  • Mr. President, America is under attack

    What does the future hold for the Office of Personnel Management? Federal Drive host Tom Temin offers new steps for the agency to take following Katherine Archuleta’s resignation.

  • How agencies can get cloud initiatives moving in the right direction

    Ted Girard, vice president of Delphix Federal, makes the case for data-as-a-service as a way to ease the migration to public, private or hybrid cloud services.