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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area after getting his start in journalism working at local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan. Frank was born and raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Michigan State University.
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First Intelligence Agency to Host App in Amazon Cloud

December 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has become the first intelligence agency to host a large-scale operational capability in Amazon's cloud. That move comes just months after the Amazon Web Services-built cloud for the intelligence community officially came online. NGA's migration of its Map of the World application – often called the...

Pentagon Watchdog: DOD Stumbles in Cloud Computing Plan

December 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s one thing to have a plan. It’s another to carry it out. That’s the message conveyed in an inspector general report regarding the execution of the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy. DOD created the plan in July 2012 in an effort to explore and use potential cost savings and...

America's Spies Want To Build an Even More Super Supercomputer

December 5, 2014 The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding research that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing. Announced today, IARPA – the intelligence community’s research arm – awarded research contracts in support of its Cryogenic Computer Complexity, or C3, program that IARPA hopes will lead to a new generation of...

Intelligence Agency Wants an Even More Super Supercomputer

December 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding research that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing. Announced today, IARPA – the intelligence community’s research arm – awarded research contracts in support of its Cryogenic Computer Complexity, or C3, program that IARPA hopes will lead to a new generation of...

Here’s What the Rewrite of DOD’s Cloud Strategy Will Look Like

November 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An update to the Defense Department’s cloud computing strategy aims to decentralize the process for purchasing commercial cloud solutions away from the Defense Information Systems Agency and toward individual agencies, according to a draft document of the retooled cloud strategy obtained by Nextgov. The 46-page draft document has not been...

Will Veterans' Data Ever Truly Be Secure?

November 20, 2014 For two hours yesterday, members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee poked and prodded a slew of Department of Veterans Affairs officials over glaring information security weaknesses that potentially put millions of veterans’ personal information at risk of exposure. The hearing revolved around data breachespurportedly by foreign entities, VA’s perceived...

Will Veterans' Data Ever Truly Be Secure?

November 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For two hours yesterday, members of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee poked and prodded a slew of Department of Veterans Affairs officials over glaring information security weaknesses that potentially put millions of veterans’ personal information at risk of exposure. The hearing revolved around data breaches purportedly by foreign entities, VA’s...

Watchdog: VA Still Not Doing Enough to Address IT Vulnerabilities

November 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs information security weaknesses are again in the crosshairs of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Ahead of congressional testimony before the committee Tuesday, a Government Accountability Office report and prepared testimony by VA officials and the agency’s internal inspector general detail how the agency has failed...

More Cloud Data Breaches ‘Inevitable’ in 2015, Forrester Says

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If a new analysis holds true, cloud computing will continue to be the most disruptive technology around -- but get ready for more ugly data breach headlines. The inevitability of breached data in the cloud is the most provocative of 10 forecasts from Forrester Research in a new report, Predictions...

NSA Turns to the Cloud to Help Manage Data Deluge

November 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years ago, the National Security Agency realized it had a data problem. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, armed with new authorities that allowed the intelligence agency to collect an assortment of global communications and Internet metadata, NSA ramped up its operations. These expanded surveillance...