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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.


Federal IT leads say the strategy lets agencies ‘use the tools we have’ to modernize security.

Though some regulatory procedures have been impacted, accreditation board is already working with industry.

Identity-based approach to verification moves beyond perimeters and VPNs.

The transition will be in full effect by 2022, says chief records officer.

CISA official says current practices are likely to become part of long-term guidance.

Vulnerabilities lead to questions about home networks and "bring-your-own-device" policies.

Telehealth and app improvements are impacting how government addresses stress management.

Agency websites debunk myths while unlikely sources of accurate information appear on social media.

The Small Business Administration is among the agencies transforming legacy architecture.

One month on, mobile device security and video-teleconferencing platforms enter the spotlight.

In less than a month, the U.S. Digital Response partnered with several state and local governments.

Public and private-sector efforts now have a tiered approach to cybersecurity controls.

The Defense Department and the Intelligence Community review ‘mission-critical’ and classified work.

Forward-thinking agencies face fewer vulnerabilities as attacks ramp up in intensity.

Deterrence, speed and a collective approach to defense are the core concepts of the new strategy.

As agencies prepare for mass telework, clear communication and an eye on security will minimize stress on employees.

While the attack was reportedly unsuccessful, federal cybersecurity leads encourage agencies to 'remain vigilant'.

TSA and CBP pilot facial-recognition programs with an eye on security and privacy.

The Global Emancipation Network deploys data-driven tools to stop exploitation and abuse.

New technologies are helping the U.S. Census Bureau reduce costs and encourage self-response.

Krista Kinnard discusses the group's guidance on AI and RPA while dispelling myths about the technology.

The report, to be issued March 11, will outline a national and allied effort to defend in cyberspace.

Coordination with partners at all levels continues to be a focus for the agency.

Key topics include election security, workforce and building public trust.

Key takeaways include the value of partnerships and the importance of cloud security training.

The agency encourages organizations to engage with the framework and contribute to the standards' evolution.

Federal health care agencies look to modernize their systems to prepare for accelerated innovation.

CIOs and CISOs should have a role in driving policy changes and technical changes.

Managing the data lifecycle is a mission-critical task for all agencies.

GSA's approach to managing passwords resembles shared services.

DHS leaders cite use cases in data management and resiliency.

GSA Technology Transformation Services says the guidelines encourage 'iterative, modular' website modernization.

Early use cases create secure connections for branch offices and remote users.

The new assistant director brings artificial intelligence background to the agency.

The principles are the latest move in an executive branch push for AI benefitting all Americans.

The agency encourages all organizations to review its cyber and physical security procedures.

Government and industry leaders predict 'the rise of the CDO' and more.

Further streamlining of federal procurement processes is likely to come in 2020.

Cybersecurity and emerging technologies were key in the agency's 2019 IT advancements.

AI moves beyond 'just an IT issue' as it shows potential to transform workforce, veterans and health fields.

The Congressional AI Caucus stands out as an example of bipartisanship and leveraging interest to promote knowledge.

IT leaders recommend identifying use cases to apply the technology.

'Aptitude' is among government's top focus for potential recruits.

With a senior-level AI position on the horizon, the agency explores opportunities and legal questions around the technology.

The design principles improve technology for veterans and those who serve veterans, such as with the agency's VA.gov relaunch.

The USCIS cyber division branch chief recommends a system of change control boards and incentives for major IT shifts.

From address collection to mobile self-response, the U.S. Census Bureau is leveraging big data.

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.