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FCW : September 30, 2015
Trending is being spent to protect victims whose background- check data was breached $133 million The University of Oregon will develop a cyber “drawbridge” to help defend financial institutions, news organiza- tions and government agencies against large, sophisticated distributed denial- of-service attacks under a $1.38 mil- lion contract with the Department of Homeland Security. DHS said organizations cannot manage traffic flow to their networks because their Internet service pro- viders do it for them. By putting an electronic drawbridge at the ISP traf- fic point, organizations could work more closely with ISPs to shut down the DDoS messages that can swamp networks. — Mark Rockwell The Food and Drug Administration is expanding the data on medical device performance available through its application programming interface openFDA. The agency is adding device classifications and company registra- tions to its database, which already offers information on product recalls and adverse events, according to a blog post on the agency’s website. The API allows developers to write apps based on FDA data going back to 1976. New categories such as pre-mar- ket and supplementary approvals and device clearances are now available. Officials noted, however, that FDA has changed some of the types of infor- mation it collects, which means long- term comparisons of companies and devices might be difficult. — Adam Mazmanian A series of new integrated product teams will cut across a variety of the Department of Homeland Security’s research and development activities, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a Sept. 2 statement. The goal is to unify the agency’s technological R&D efforts under the department’s overarching “Unity of Effort” initiative. Johnson said the teams will coordi- nate and prioritize R&D in a number of areas, including aviation security, bio- logical threats, counterterrorism, bor- der security, cybersecurity and disaster resilience. — Mark Rockwell FDA expands access to medical device data 6 September 30, 2015 FCW.COM For more than a decade, FCW’s Fed- eral List issue has appeared each fall. Yet although I like listicles as much as the next person — and you’ll find plenty of interesting enumerations in the pages that follow — the list that is by far my favorite won’t appear until next spring. I’m referring, of course, to the Federal 100 — FCW’s annual awards to honor outstanding individual efforts in the federal IT community. Amid all the budget battles, cyber incursions and problem programs, the Federal 100 provides an important reminder of all the great work that gets done despite the obstacles. That critical list of what’s good in federal IT, however, starts with you. No matter how great an individual’s accomplishments are, he or she can’t win without being nominated. And it’s never too early to start thinking about who deserves the federal IT community’s most presti- gious recognition. We’ll formally open the nomination process in late October, but start making a list and gathering the necessary information now. And please spread the word so that all the worthy women and men get the consideration they deserve. Our judges weigh each nomi- nation carefully, factoring in the nominators and the story they tell. Ultimately, though, it boils down to the nominee’s positive impact on federal IT, with special emphasis on these three elements: • This is an individual award. Teams are important, too, but we’re look- ing for the women and men who power that collaboration. • Winners go above and beyond, whatever their level or rank. A fancy job title is not required, and doing one’s job well is not enough. • Results matter. Exceptional effort is necessary but not sufficient. There must have been a clear impact in the past 12 months. Know some IT leaders who fit the bill? Then please make sure we know about them as well! — Troy K. Schneider email@example.com @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE The list that really matters DHS seeks to develop cyber ‘drawbridge’ A new team approach to IT R&D 0915fcw_003-008.indd 6 9/8/15 4:22 PM
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