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IT-70 Prepares For a New Addition With the Creation of a Cyber Security SIN

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10 Important Facts About the New Health IT SIN

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Everything You Need to Know About the HCaTS Contract Vehicle

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Final Cybersecurity Framework Released by NIST

CybersecurityFor those who may have missed it, last month the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its final Cybersecurity Framework in response to a 2013 Presidential Executive Order (EO) mandating the creation of Federal Cybersecurity guidelines focused on protecting critical infrastructure.

Officials have stressed that the framework is a result of public-private collaboration and will evolve over time. The framework was announced a year after President Obama issued an Executive Order, on February 12, 2013, titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”.

The EO was issued because of Congress’s failure to pass the Cyber Security Act (CSA) of 2012. The EO covered existing GSA regulations, proposed amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense FAR Supplements (DFARS), and the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Designed to encourage information sharing between government and the private industry, the EO included provisions for the adoption of voluntary cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure and expanded on the “Defense Industrial Base Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program”, a pilot program in place that allows government to share classified information with defense contractors. Another significant change with new Cybersecurity program was to ensure that small businesses included in NIST cybersecurity efforts by participating in cybersecurity efforts from numerous small businesses. NIST increased their efforts for protecting small businesses as a large percentage of them were being attacked by cyber intrusions that were affecting their businesses.

To learn more and view the final cybersecurity framework, please visit: http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/815/808311

2014 IT Budget Increases for Some Agencies, GSA Budget Continues to Drop

IT budgetOn April 10th, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced his plan for the 2014 federal IT budget and the administration’s goal to continually increase innovation. He announced that there will be a $2 billion increase from the $80 billion federal IT budget in 2009, the first increase in four years. However, a limited number of agencies will receive more IT money, while many others will continue to cut their IT spending. The agency receiving the most money is the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), up 22% from 2012, this is an aim to work on integrated health records with the Defense Department (DoD) and to reduce their benefits backlog. Next, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will get 11.9% more and the Small Business Administration (SBA) increases 11.3% from 2012.

Unfortunately, according to VanRoekel, the General Services Administration (GSA) will be one of the agencies with an IT budget cut. The GSA’s budget will decrease more than 9%, along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving less money as well. As the attention on cybersecurity continually increases, VanRoekel wants to keep innovating and strengthening federal cybersecurity and stated that the 2014 budget will receive $13 billion to cyber-related initiatives.

However, just because the budget is increasing by $2 billion does not mean it will continue that way. IT budgets have been steadily decreasing over the past several years and numbers in new budgets are adjusted for inflation. Most importantly, VanRoekel wants to invest this money in new ways. He says, “We’ve got a real opportunity to innovate, deliver, protect, and analyze.”

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