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DON IT Conference, West Coast 2016

Upcoming West Coast DON IT Conference

February 8, 2016

Pre-registration for the West Coast DON IT Conference scheduled for February 17-18 in San Diego, CA. closed on February 4. The TAD registration limit has been met and registration is now limited to local attendees in a non-TAD status. Local attendees may register onsite at the convention center beginning at 7:00 each day of the conference.

DCS & Dial-In Numbers for West Coast Sessions

February 6, 2016

Conference sessions will be available via DCS for those who want to participate from remote locations. View links to DCS Conference Sessions & Dial-In Numbers

Featured News

East Coast DON IT Conference Scheduled for Washington, DC April 20-21

January 27, 2016

Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2016. The DON IT Conference has been approved and will be held Apr. 20-21, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required.

The DON IT Conference is typically held in fleet concentration areas on the West Coast and East Coast each year to minimize cross-country travel by participants. Additionally, conference sessions will be available via DCS.

DON CIO's Chris Kelsall Receives CompTIA's Excellence in Cybersecurity Award

January 14, 2016

On January 12, 2016, Chris Kelsall, the DON CIO Cybersecurity Workforce Branch Head, received the CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity award. This award recognizes Members of Congress and Federal Agency Program Managers who have supported the need for a strong cyber workforce and leadership cadre in the cybersecurity community. The group specifically lauded Mr. Kelsall's leadership and efforts in developing and executing workforce strategies, and advocating for programs to enhance the competencies of the IT and cybersecurity workforce in the Department of the Navy via increased training and certification options. The other award recipient was Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

OPM Opens Verification Center for Cyber Breach Incidents

December 22, 2015

More than 25 million current, former, and prospective government employees and contractors were affected by two breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), first reported in June 2015. More...

2015 FedScoop Golden Gov Awards Include Three DoD CIOs

December 11, 2015

The Department of Defense's push to use innovative technology as a path to transforming government is continuing to gain traction and recognition in the federal technology community. More...

DoD ESI Commercial Software License Training Now Available Online and On-site

October 27, 2015

The Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) Commercial Software License Training is now available online and on-site for DON and DoD personnel. More...

Navy Expanding Use of Smartphones on Networks

October 22, 2015

The Navy is in the process of transitioning shore-based BlackBerry users to Apple and Android-based smartphones, with a scheduled completion date of January 31, 2016. More...

Fast Fact

Four Things to Know About Spear Phishing

December 7, 2015

Did you know an estimated 91 percent of cyber hacking attacks start with a phishing or spear-phishing email? This infographic from Navy Live tells you how to recognize spear phishing, what to do if you receive a spear phishing email, and how to report it.

Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

From the CIO
Rob Foster, DON CIO

Taking Advantage of Learning and Networking Opportunities

by Rob Foster - February 4, 2016

It is very important to me to spend time meeting with Department of the Navy (DON) stakeholders to maintain active communication and feedback channels. I have made it a point to get out of the Pentagon and visit various Navy and Marine Corps commands to see for myself the excellent IT-related work that’s taking place and hear directly about IT-related challenges and concerns. I have strongly encouraged the DON Chief Information Officer (CIO) staff to follow suit, and pursue networking and collaboration efforts within the Navy and Marine Corps communities.

Privacy Tip

Protect Your Identity During Tax Season

by the DONCIO Privacy Team - February 8, 2016

Over 34,000 identity fraud cases were reported by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2011, an almost 100 percent increase over 2010. All that is required by the identity thief is a full name, date of birth and associated Social Security Number (SSN) to file a fraudulent tax return. The IRS has taken aggressive steps to curb fraudulent activity and in 2013indictments and sentencing doubled and the average prison term was more than three years (38 months) – the longest sentenced being 26 years.

Featured CHIPS Articles

10/01/15 Comprehensive Identity Theft Support Provided by the DONCEAP
10/01/15 Department of the Navy Finalists for the 2015 FedScoop 50
Scott Hargate 
10/01/15 Identity Fraud Committed by One of Our Own
Steve Muck, Department of the Navy privacy lead 
10/01/15 Q&A with Mr. Rob Foster
CHIPS Magazine 
10/01/15 The Future Landscape of Spectrum Technology
Arthur R. DeLeon, Federal Spectrum Policy Lead for the Department of the Navy