He was recently given an award called the Fed 100 for his company’s work on a project at the Department of Agriculture called “Momentum.” It was a complex project that involved taking an application to the cloud. He gives insight on business process management, systems integration, and provides guidance for other agencies considering making a move to the cloud.
During the interview he discussed aspects of a successful transition that included some gaps in the process he has seen. When it comes to technology, it can change during a move and this possibility must be taken into consideration.
When a transition process is considered, one must have a list of priorities, one being securing data in transit. Another one is a complete understanding of the billing process in a cloud environment.
Finally, some cloud transferals may have change—move to anther cloud, or go back to the premises. This also must be considered.
Red Hat has been around since 1993 and has seen drastic increases in adoption in the federal government. Red Hat and Open Source were touted as one of the fastest operating systems — one reason was the open source community constantly offering improvements. One can argue that the rise of convergence has made that argument moot.
Today, agencies are challenged with such rapid change that they must embrace agile methods of software distribution. Red Hat is stepping up to the challenge with offering open source solutions that fit well in the new “DevOps” concept of development.
During the interview, Dave Egts talks about an event called DevNation. It is held in Washington DC and has a focus on development and open source.
Cloudera began in 2008 with an idea to help manage large amounts of data – probably why part of their tagline is, “empower people to transform complex data into clear and actionable insights.”
His company is well known for its hybrid open-source Apache Hadoop distribution.
Today’s interview takes a Silicon Valley founder and has him examine the $89 billion federal information technology spend to give his observations on improvement. This is a discussion that covers everything from open source and cybersecurity to machine intelligence.
Mike shows how the federal government should take advantage of open source to improve services to citizens as well as to capture, store, and process unimaginable amounts of information.
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Here is a fun fact: when the Mars Rover sends data back to NASA, it sends it to a system based on Elastic. That is because of the search capability Elastic can provide. Well, if those rocket scientists can trust that kind of data to Elastic, then you may want to consider it as well. Many federal information technology professionals need new ways to understand big data. Elastic provides an open source solution that you can test drive for free.
Duo Security has worked with a wide range of organizations to improve federal authentication and security and reduce costs for administering authentication. During the interview, Sean Frazier differentiates among authentication methods like two-step verification, multi-factor authentication, and strong authentication. Sean gives an overview of how to manage authentication in a world where traditional methods like PIV may be limited.
Show NotesEpisode #547
Federal TechTalk with John Gilroy
Date: February 12,2019
Moderator: John Gilroy
Guest: Sean Frazier, DuoSecurity
Length: 40 minutes
Audio link: Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy: #547