The Technology Upgrade Fund announced investments Tuesday to upgrade networks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while helping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) implement a zero-architecture trust to increase cybersecurity. These planned projects are the result of close cooperation between TMF and the agency’s partners.
“This administration is about to invest aggressively in defense and move from outdated perimeter-based defenses to a ‘zero confidence’ approach that confronts the capabilities and intentions of our opponents,” said the Federal CIO and the chairman of the board. TMF Clare Martorana. “These investments will introduce robust multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, detect and hold adversary actions quickly, and identify and correct vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.
“TMF is once again making smart technology investments that will improve efficiency, increase cybersecurity and deliver better results for taxpayers,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “TMF shows that the government can use technology to have a positive impact on people’s lives, from support systems that help people who are unsure of food, to ensuring that those who respond can quickly share information.
Railin Jung, executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund, recently testified before Congress about TMF and its “broad view of the federal government’s technological needs.” In a statement to the Subcommittee on Government Operations, she said TMF “sees similarities between the proposals, reveals what works best and connects agencies with shared resources”.
The latest tranche of TMF’s investment in more secure network infrastructure and a zero-confidence architecture shows how the fund cycle reveals these similarities between proposals and the construction of cohorts of agencies that simultaneously address similar challenges:
USDA network upgrade
TMF is investing $ 64 million in the USDA to help develop a unified, secure network to support all USDA program offices and services and reduce the number of legacy networks from 17 to 1, with approximately $ 734 million in cost savings. avoiding the agency. The investment increases the speed and cybersecurity of program offices such as the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which provides critical food safety data to the public, and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which distributes $ 122 billion in food benefits to US families experiencing food insecurity.
“The USDANet Modernization Project allows the USDA to continue and build on its customer-centric IT modernization efforts, which provide better performance for better value,” said USDA Chief Information Officer Gary Washington. “This will also increase the reliability of USDANet and act as a means of protecting and managing the US agricultural supply chain.
New FTC Security Operations Center
TMF will also invest $ 3.9 million to help the FTC purchase a Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) to implement a zero-confidence architecture. The project will allow the FTC to better protect sensitive data and scale up security operations to respond to future threats. The project will improve the FTC’s response time to cyberattacks and serve as a plan for other agencies to create their own SOCs.
Cloud upgrade in DHS
Another $ 26.9 million investment will upgrade DHS’s National Security Information Network (HSIN) service to an updated and more secure platform for sharing information between first responders, law enforcement, the private sector and government partners. DHS plans to restore its information sharing system as a cloud platform. Real-time access to information and resources will allow emergency agencies and staff to plan and respond to country security issues, such as natural disasters, security events and other crises, more quickly and efficiently.
All three agencies plan to pay TMF in accordance with the repayment guidelines by the end of the 2028 financial year. These latest actions have brought TMF’s total investment to 26 ongoing projects with more than half a billion dollars invested.
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