The Technology Modernization Fund announced investments Tuesday in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modernize networks while helping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) implement a zero-confidence architecture to promote cybersecurity. These planned projects are the result of close collaboration between TMF and the agency’s partners.
“This administration is going to invest aggressively in defenses and move from outdated perimeter-based defenses to a‘ zero confidence ’approach that confronts the capabilities and intent of our opponents,” said Clare Martorana, president of the CIO Federal and TMF Council. “These investments will establish strong multi-factor authentication, encrypt government data, quickly detect and contain the activity of opponents, and continuously identify and resolve vulnerabilities.”
“TMF is once again making smart technology investments that will improve efficiency, promote cybersecurity and provide better taxpayers,” said GSA administrator Robin Carnahan. “TMF is showing that the government can leverage technology to have a positive impact on people’s lives, from systems that help people with food insecurity to ensure that first responders can share information quickly.”
Raylene Yung, executive director of the Technology Modernization Fund, recently testified before Congress about TMF and its “broad vision of the federal government’s technology needs.” In a statement to the Subcommittee on Government Operations, TMF is “seeing similarities between the proposals, discovering what works best and connecting the agencies with shared resources.”
The final part of the TMF investment revolves around a more secure network infrastructure and zero-trust architecture showing how the funding loop emerges between these similarities between proposals and how it creates cohorts of agencies facing similar challenges:
Network upgrades at USDA
TMF is investing $ 64 million to help develop a unified and secure USDA network, to support all USDA program offices and services, and to reduce the number of heritage networks from 17 to 1. . 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 U.S. states. families experiencing food insecurity.
“The USDANet modernization project enables the USDA to continue and build efforts to modernize IT for customers who provide better performance for better value,” said USDA Information Director Gary Washington. “It will also increase the reliability of USDAnet and act as an enabler for the protection and operation of the U.S. agricultural supply chain.”
New FTC Security Operations Center
TMF will invest $ 3.9 million to help the FTC acquire a security operations center as a service (SOCaaS) to implement a zero-trust architecture. The project will allow the FTC to better protect sensitive data and scale security operations to address future threats. The project will improve the FTC’s response times to cyberattacks and serve as a plan for other agencies to implement SOCs.
Cloud Modernization in DHS
Another $ 26.9 million investment will modernize the DHS Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) service with an updated and more secure platform for first responders, law enforcement, information sharing between the private sector and government partners. DHS plans to rebuild its information-sharing system as the original cloud platform. It will provide real-time access to information and resources for agencies and emergency personnel to plan and respond to home security issues, such as natural disasters, security incidents, and other crises more quickly and effectively.
All three agencies plan to return in accordance with TMF return guidelines by the end of the 2028 fiscal year. These latest actions bring TMF’s total investment to 26 ongoing projects with more than half a billion dollars invested.
For more information, visit: tmf.cio.gov
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