Archive for September, 2012

The President’s Executive Order Draft Leaked :: Cybersecurity Act of 2012

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Cybersecurity Act of 2012: “To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”

In August, we began talking about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, the failed bill that would have created cybersecurity standards for the companies that run critical infrastructures, like the power grid, gas pipelines, and water and transportation systems. Around this same time, it was reported that President Barrack Obama would use his power to issue an executive order to save the bill and issue new guidelines to protect the nation’s networks from looming cyber-attacks. However, nothing happened…until recently.

A draft of the President’s executive order has reportedly been leaked. The draft stated that the United States government “would create a new critical infrastructure cybersecurity council, which would be run by the Homeland Security Department and include representatives from the departments of defense, justice and commerce, and national intelligence office.” The executive order draft also called for the private sector to to “collaborate with the cybersecurity council and also cooperate with NIST in the development of cybersecurity guidance.”

So what does the rest of the nation think about the President’s potential executive order?

“That’s the wrong solution because it cannot fully address the one area most critical to improving cybersecurity—enhancing the sharing of cyber-threat information among private firms and with the government,” wrote Senators John McCain (Ariz.), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.). “This cooperation and flexibility is critical and should be encouraged, not disrupted by adding new layers of bureaucracy at the Department of Homeland Security.”

“Unilateral action in the form of government mandates on the private sector creates an adversarial relationship instead of a cooperative one.”

In a New York Times editorial, “A New Kind of Warfare,” the Times stated: “What’s clearly needed are new international understandings about what constitutes cyber aggression and how governments should respond. Meanwhile, the United States must do what it can to protect its own networks.”

What do you think about the President’s potential executive order? Let us know!

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Cybersecurity News Round-Up: Leaked Draft of Executive Order Causes Cyber Stir

Combatting Malware on Your Computer with DHA

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Malicious software, deemed “malware” in the Information Technology field, is a term that describes all varieties of threats to your computer that can inflict damage in varying degrees of intensity. Viruses, trojan horses, worms, and spyware all fall under the malware umbrella, and have been designed with the capacity to disrupt and even destroy content on your computer – from your files to your programs.

Federal Procurement and Acquisition Services :: Government Contracting Tips

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Federal contracting can be an extremely lucrative field. Unfortunately, it is also an incredibly competitive field. Because of this, it is often difficult to win government contracts without a proven track record of past performances. But how can you prove yourself if you cannot win a government contract in the first place?

Government Contracting Tips

  1. Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR): Before submitting a proposal and jumping into the realm of government contracting, it is important to familiarize yourself with FAR, which was established to help standardize the federal procurement process. FAR was issued as part of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act of 1974, and is codified in Title 48 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. Don’t get in over your Head: Make sure you can handle any project before putting in a bid. It is important to start small. Government agencies view past performance as a key indicator of future success. And even small projects can help your reputation.
  3. 3.       Subcontracting: A good strategy is to start by subcontracting. In fact, more than half of all surveyed federal contractors admit to getting their start as subcontractors.
  4. 4.       Be Persistent: Success in the federal arena does not happen overnight. In a survey, contractors reported that it took almost two years on average for them to win their first contract.
  5. DHA Federal Acquisition Management (FAM): DHA has extensive experience with the Federal acquisitions and can provide expert guidance on a “cradle-to-grave” basis, including assistance with both pre-award documents and post-award contract management.

Expanding your business into the realm of federal contracting can be a great step in the right direction, but only if you know what you are getting into. DHA can help.

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About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

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