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Lauren C. Williams

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Lauren C. Williams

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD's testing chief wants cloud contracts to allow for more security checks

The Defense Department's Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation recommended commercial cloud contracts be renegotiated to include independent cyber assessments.

Data & Analytics

The Navy's plan to crack down on data duplication

Tom Sasala, the Navy Department's chief data officer, said the service has been targeting duplicative data sets in financial systems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

A USAF initiative for the hybrid workplace

The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center in Joint Base San Antonio has been transitioning to a hybrid work environment for two years, shrinking physical facilities by 40%.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA preps for a diverse hybrid cloud environment

The Defense Information Systems Agency is experimenting with using commercial containers in data centers to help prepare for a multi-vendor, multi-capability cloud environment.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Army plans ICAM rethink to support unified network operations

To make mobile device use more secure, the Army is preparing a new identity and access requirements as it adopts zero trust security principles.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Single-tenant clouds on tap for Navy, Marines

The Navy and Marine Corps are moving to individual, dedicated Microsoft 365 environments to improve identity and credentialing efforts, according to a department memo.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA rolling out cloud-based web browsing

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s cloud-based internet isolation solution transfers web browsing sessions from local machines to a secure, isolated cloud platform.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD again chooses Microsoft for JEDI cloud

The Defense Department has reaffirmed its decision to award its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract to Microsoft.

Cybersecurity

‘Fake news’ spotlighted in virtual cyber exercise

This year, the National Guard’s massive annual cyber exercise, Cyber Shield 2020, is moving completely online and focusing on information operations.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Standing up cArmy, the foundation for cloud services

Paul Puckett III, director of the Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Office, discusses how the Army's cloud priorities are shaping up.

Cybersecurity

DARPA hardware-based security holding up against white-hat hackers

About halfway into a bug bounty program, security researchers haven’t yet broken into systems protected by the System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD clears mid-band spectrum for commercial 5G

The Defense Department has made another 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum bandwidth available for commercial 5G use.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NSA expanding telework for unclassified work

As the National Security Agency works to broaden its cloud-based telework capabilities, it is expanding capabilities within Microsoft Office 365 to support unclassified activities.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD plans next JEDI announcement by end of August

Defense Department CIO Dana Deasy said that "barring any last minute unforeseen additional issues that are raised," the Pentagon expects to announce its "intentions to award" by the end of August.

Cybersecurity

2020 election security top goal for NSA, Cyber Command

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command said “safe, secure and legitimate 2020 elections” is his No. 1 objective.

Emerging Tech

DIU issues drone contracts to support domestic suppliers

The Defense Department’s innovation arm has issued $13.4 million in small-drone support contracts under the Defense Production Act.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD unwraps 7 more 5G testing sites

The Defense Department has named seven new 5G test sites that will explore augmented reality, wireless connectivity and spectrum sharing.

Cybersecurity

Maryland gets cyber assist from National Guard during pandemic

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called in the National Guard to help the state not just with its pandemic response but also with cybersecurity assessments.

Cloud & Infrastructure

JEDI delay slows DOD’s AI push

The lack of an enterprisewide cloud computing platform has slowed the Pentagon’s AI momentum.

Cybersecurity

Hardening smartphones for secure facilities

The Defense Information Systems Agency is testing whether the SafeCase, which blocks a phone’s cameras, sensors and microphones, will make the personal devices secure enough to bring into areas where classified information is processed.