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James Mersol

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James Mersol is a staff writer/researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where he covers topics, individuals and events related to cybersecurity.

Prior to joining the team in March 2019, James worked as a paralegal in the fraud division of the Department of Justice. He also interned with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, where he covered issues related to cybersecurity, financial threats and acquisition, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he worked on defense budget analysis.

James earned a Master of Arts in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College, where he majored in political science.


Implementing continuous diagnostics and mitigation requires a holistic approach to integration.

Treating security like a business function encourages agency leads to get involved early on.

Major geopolitical threats target individuals at the focal point of security, experts say.

'What More Can You Do?' is Christopher Krebs’s Motto Going into 2020.

In the past year, agencies have cooperated on national security and security policy

Christopher Krebs advocates for a long-term, actionable plan to support state and local electoral commissions.

Beth Killoran demonstrated the ability to rapidly adapt to unexpected circumstances and customer needs.

The first update to the policy in 12 years will enable further IT transformation.

Endpoint users will always be the weak link in cybersecurity. How do we mitigate the risk?

AI leads focus on "low-hanging fruit" closely aligned with departmental needs and goals.

New legislation and appropriations will streamline the acquisition process and give agencies needed funds for data center consolidation.

Major advances include automated appointment reminders and online prescription refills.

DHA leaders discuss the first wave of the new defense electronic health record.

Bringing information security professionals in early encourages efficiency and a higher standard of care.

Various agencies are finding success in early use cases for AI, machine learning and RPA.

The 25 graduates developed cyber defense analysis skills in just three months.

Leads from innovators and fast followers discuss implementing cutting-edge technologies and practices.

Leaders from DOJ and ODNI discuss their strategies to protect personal data and communications integrity.

Innovators from USDS, 18F and industry discuss current trends and next steps to make acquisition more efficient.

Acquisition leaders from the GSA discuss innovative approaches to connect procurement to mission.

The emerging technology could improve data transparency, accountability and security, say agency innovation leads.

Agencies across the federal government offer programs to stoke interest in federal cybersecurity careers.

Associate Director for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra outlines the three pillars for ICS security.

Agency CISOs discuss the future of cybersecurity.

Identification through DNA and facial recognition assists in law enforcement and disaster-relief efforts.

Delivery should be simpler, better, faster and stronger, agencies officials said.

Agency heads say prioritizing what data to encrypt will prevent further roadblocks to accessibility.

Major initiatives include cloud migration, integrity of communications and augmented reality.

Commercial practices illuminate a new method for technology development.

HHS ONC technology and policy leads discuss new rules to increase interoperability.

Protecting the nation's critical mission systems requires support from everyone involved.

This year's efforts include new monitoring tools and recruitment strategies.

Advances in cloud computing and mobile data require a new approach to protecting federal networks.

Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the range of threats is too big for any one organization to fight alone.

As a global shortage of cybersecurity professionals grows, the government looks to expand pool of applicants.

The agency plans ways to incorporate user feedback and security testing throughout the development process.