David Perera

Biography for David Perera

David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.

Articles by David Perera

DHS officials: Data analytics a challenge

Data analytics remains a challenge for the Homeland Security Department, officials from it acknowledged throughout a conference dedicated to homeland security matters.

Streufert: Agencies aren't dropping out of DHS continuous monitoring program

Reports that major federal departments are refusing to participate in a Homeland Security Department-led contract for continuous monitoring tools are untrue, said a DHS official Tuesday.

Likely next Cyber Command head calls for 'proactive' cyber operations

The likely next head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency told Senators during a Tuesday confirmation hearing that the United States military posture in cyberspace has been reactive, rather that proactive. Vice Adm. Mike Rogers – President Obama's pick to replace Gen. Keith Alexander as the dual-hatted commander of Cyber Command and the NSA – testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

No Digital Government Strategy 2.0 waiting in the wings

Anyone anticipating a formal follow-up to the Digital Government Strategy should stop doing so, senior federal information technology officials told a March 7 conference audience.

What went wrong with the Networx transition

A pair of internal analyses by the General Services Administration finds much to criticize in the structure of federal telecommunications contract Networx, portraying it as too complex, inflexible, and mismatched to the way agencies buy telecom services.

DHS official touts machine-to-machine cyber threat data sharing

A Homeland Security Department official touted agency use of a machine-to-machine format for sharing cyber threat information during a March 7 hearing. It's rolling out a standardized way of representing cyber threat information in a structured way – in a manner that computers can understand – called the Structured Threat Information Expression.

Swiping ID cards to logon to mobile devices? Maybe not, says NIST

What's worked for laptops and desktops won't work for mobile devices when it comes to verifying users' identity, says the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Enter what NIST calls a "derived credential," a way of taking the identity verification and encryption key infrastructure built up since 2004 for the identity smartcards and applying it to mobile devices.

White House proposes NIST funding boost

Scientific and technical research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology would get a nearly $30 million boost under the White House's spending proposal for the coming fiscal year.

Scant detail so far on 'federal cyber campus' proposal

Details so far on a proposed "federal cyber campus" contained within the White House budget proposal are scarce, beyond a few offhand references.

DoD requests $5.1 billion for cyberspace operations

The military says it needs $5.1 billion in appropriations this coming fiscal year to fully support cyberspace operations, of the offensive and defensive variety.