Commentary

  • Daniel Turissini, chief technology officer and chief information security officer of SolPass LLC, argues the federal government’s current approach to cybersecurity is too focused on analysis, containment and recovery, and not enough on prevention.

    August 11, 2015
  • The House of Representatives passed a bill last week making it much easier to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former DHS HR exec Jeff Neal says we will not see a big increase in the number of fired employees, but those who are fired will have far fewer legal rights than they do today.

    August 07, 2015
  • Karen Evans, former OMB administrator for e-government and IT, encourages federal executives to understand how this case could affect the public sector “Bring Your Own Device” space.

    August 03, 2015
  • While everyone wants the government to be a good manager of public funds, a look behind the reverse auction curtain may find that not all is rosy in this world, says Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners.

    August 03, 2015
  • 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?

    July 30, 2015
  • 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.

    July 30, 2015
  • Greg Gardner of NetApp details four key strategies to making data center consolidation into a business and decision-making activity.

    July 28, 2015
  • 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.

    July 24, 2015
  • 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.

    July 24, 2015
  • 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.

    July 23, 2015
  • 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.

    July 22, 2015
  • 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.

    July 20, 2015
  • 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.

    July 15, 2015
  • 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.

    July 14, 2015