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Inside NSA’s data protection, cloud strategy

Dr. Patrick Dowd, chief technology officer and chief architect, National Security Agency (Photo: FedScoop)

After recent leaks exposed the more clandestine side of the National Security Agency, the agency’s chief technology officer remained committed to open source, cloud-based software as the best way to consolidate NSA’s servers, save money and protect its systems from cyberthreats.

Teri Takai’s challenges are ‘just like yours’

Most might assume the Defense Department’s chief information officer’s daily struggles differ significantly from other IT professionals’ obstacles. Everyone — except Teri Takai.

“The leadership and transformation challenges that I have are not very different than your day-to-day challenges,” Takai told the audience at FedTalks 2013 on June 12.

FedWire: FedTalks highlights, Army turns 238 and GSA’s green-tech testing

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Missed FedTalks 2013? Here’s a Storify with event highlights.

IT leaders converge for FedTalks 2013

FedTalks 2013 (Photo: FedScoop)

FedTalks 2013 (Photo: FedScoop)

Cyber, cloud, sequestration and a man who pretended to be a pilot.

That was the scene Wednesday as more than 800 leaders from government and industry joined FedScoop for FedTalks 2013 at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.

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