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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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Tech Explosion Makes Cybercrooks Harder to Catch

December 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the United States, conventional law enforcement policies and tactics do a decent job catching conventional criminals. In cyberspace, those same policies are outdated and don’t keep pace with the technology evolution, according to some law enforcement experts. Major government networks and private sector companies were breached in 2014, and...

Why Even the Best Hackers Could Soon be Outsmarted by Machines

December 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 1997, the greatest living human chess player was beaten in a best-of-three match by a supercomputer. Since Gary Kasparov’s defeat by IBM’s Deep Blue 17 years ago, humans have essentially been playing chess for second place -- and it may not be long before they are relegated to the...

Microsoft Makes a Big Play to Become Government Cloud Provider

December 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft is going hard after the federal cloud computing market. On Tuesday, the enterprise software behemoth flew its top dog, Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, to Washington, D.C., to announce the general availability of Microsoft Azure Government and the January release of Dynamics CRM. Azure Government is Microsoft’s answer to...

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...