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Kirsten Errick

Staff Reporter, Nextgov

Kirsten Errick
Kirsten Errick is a technology reporter for Nextgov, where she covers GSA, tech workforce, automation and space tech. She is also working towards her master’s in journalism at Georgetown University. Kirsten received her B.A. in communication from Villanova University.
Emerging Tech

Building an AI-ready staff starts with data literacy, training

Agencies must train their workforce to get the most out of emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, federal technologists and data experts advise.

Cybersecurity

Latest guidance outlines customer responsibilities for software security

The guide provides recommendations for software supply chain security throughout the product lifecycle, from procurement to deployment.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Government makes good strides for cloud migration, report finds

According to the report, government and the public sector are strong in their cloud migration efforts, but lagging behind the private sector in other areas of digital modernization.

Cybersecurity

TikTok should be banned in the U.S., FCC commissioner says

The commissioner’s comments are the latest in a long line of concerns about the social media platform’s Chinese ties.

Emerging Tech

AI’s value to organizations parallels value to individuals, report finds

Personal benefit from AI was also linked to greater job satisfaction, according to the MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group report.

Emerging Tech

How government might work up to 3D-printed buildings

Panelists at the Imagine Nation ELC Conference noted that for some emerging technologies—like large-scale 3D printing and augmented reality—agencies may have to “start with smaller.”

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud training for all is critical to migration efforts, experts say

Panelists at an ATARC conference highlighted the importance of workers, not just technologists understanding the cloud to enhance its efforts.

Emerging Tech

Emerging tech training gets a $30M boost from NSF

The National Science Foundation’s new program, ExLENT, will help individuals gain work experience in emerging technologies through internships and other real-world experiences.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Government’s role is to ‘seed the field’ of semiconductor workforce, experts say

A panel discussed how government, industry and academia are each uniquely positioned to contribute to the semiconductor industry and how they can work together to fill in the gaps.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Most government orgs fail to meet digital transformation objectives, report finds

The report argued that governments should center digital efforts on workforce skills and enhancing citizens’ experiences. 

Data & Analytics

More than half of people are frustrated by digital government services, survey finds

The report found that 46% of respondents would be more likely to use digital technology to access government services if the technology was easier to use.

Data & Analytics

Upskilling programs that tackle one skill are 'naive,' experts warn

Panelists at a Brookings event emphasized that jobs typically require a bundle of skills, not just one.

Data & Analytics

Public health data still facing challenges despite previous recommendations, watchdog says

Deficiencies in common data standards, interoperability and public health IT infrastructure across different states made it difficult to collect and work with COVID data, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Data & Analytics

White House looks to government and community data collaboration to promote equity

The administration wants to hear how best to encourage collaborations that facilitate producing, accessing and using equitable data.

Data & Analytics

Statistical uncertainty could be problematic for evidence-based policies, study finds

Certain privacy measures, as well as general data errors, can skew funding allocations derived from census information.

Cloud & Infrastructure

5G and cloud can work together to improve government operations, experts say

Integrating 5G with the cloud reduces latency, enhances communications and improves data processing and storage.

Emerging Tech

DHS tests new tech that could bring emergency alerts to vehicle screens

The new integration between IPAWS and technologies like GPS navigation will allow for the almost real-time dissemination of critical information to the public in their vehicle’s center console screen. 

Cybersecurity

Report: Government implementing zero trust architecture faster than corporations

Government’s speedy zero trust implementation is noteworthy for an institution that is “not usually ahead of the curve,” according to a report.

Cybersecurity

House cyber director: ‘Defense is the new offense’ for cyber

At DEF CON, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis discussed the nuances of cyber defense.

Cybersecurity

Top malware of 2021 has been in use for years, CISA warns

The advisory highlights that such usage offers “opportunities to better prepare” and provides recommendations to mitigate cybersecurity threats.