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FCW : August 15, 2015
August 15, 2015 FCW.COM 7 Trending is Deltek’s forecast for federal IT spending in fiscal 2020 — down from $97.7 billion in fiscal 2015 $94.4 billion The Census Bureau was hacked. Does anyone care? Activist group Anonymous took credit for the breach in a July 22 tweet that included links to a data trove that appears to contain federal employees’ names, email addresses, phone num- bers, password hashes and answers to security questions. The International Business Times reported on the breach on July 23, and a handful of other news sites have done the same. The Census Bureau acknowledged unauthorized access to its systems, but told the International Business Times that the data was not confidential and came from “an external system that is not part of the Census Bureau internal network.” The bureau released a statement saying access to that external sys- tem has been restricted while the incident is being investigated, adding that “security and data stewardship are integral to the Census Bureau mission. We will remain vigilant in continuing to take every necessary precaution to protect all information.” The Census Bureau did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Monzy Merza, chief security evange- list at operational intelligence software firm Splunk, said the situation demon- strates a worrisome trend: In the wake of the massive Office of Personnel Management breaches that exposed the sensitive personal information of more than 22 million federal employ- ees and contractors, people are not taking much notice of smaller hacks. “My real concern is that [the OPM breaches] desensitized the public and government officials to smaller but still damaging breaches like the attack on the Census Bureau,” Merza said. That needs to change, he added. “The lesson from the breaches at the Census Bureau and OPM is the same: Organizations need to understand who is accessing their networks, from where and for how long,” he said. “We do not know all the details of the Cen- sus Bureau attack or what the ultimate goal of the breach was, but it is clear that we must ensure that our govern- ment has the right budget, tools and personnel to continuously defend our networks from all adversaries.” — Zach Noble Have we reached breach fatigue? More than 80 percent of FCW’s readers are federal employees, so it’s not surprising that so much of our coverage spotlights the agency side of federal IT. And much of this issue — from the records management feature and Kathy Conrad’s exit inter- view to the final-page shout-outs for Albuquer- que, N.M., and Eagan, Minn. — sticks to that model. When it comes to tech- nology, however, government and industry are intertwined to the point of being inseparable. Contractors and career feds often sit literally side by side. The Obama administration is actively recruiting from the private sector for both ideas and talent, and issues ranging from health IT to spectrum to sharing information require more collaboration than ever. It’s no coincidence that so many of the community’s strongest leaders have held both industry and agency roles. Given all that, focus- ing too tightly on just the government half would be a distortion and a disservice. That’s why this issue also includes Washington Tech- nology’s Fast 50 — small businesses that are grow- ing at a blistering clip and already shaping the future of key technologies in government. It’s also why we devoted so many pages to a NetCents-2 con- tract guide. The major acquisition vehicles, after all, are catalysts for an amazing amount of government/ contractor collaboration. And it’s why, if you now go to FCW.com, you’ll find so much coverage of the Defense Depart- ment’s July 29 award of the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization. That electronic health records effort will have implica- tions far beyond the Pentagon. And the $11 billion contract could send ripples through the contrac- tor community that rival those from Lockheed Martin’s decision to largely exit federal IT. FCW’s industry coverage, after all, is about much more than who’s making money or who just landed a plum private-sector job. It’s about tracking the individuals and institu- tions that are integral to making gov- ernment work better and providing a more complete portrait of federal IT. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE The industry side of federal IT 0815fcw_003-008.indd 7 7/29/15 1:57 PM
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