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

Takai: DoD info on Federal IT Dashboard 'not necessarily' accurate

The Defense Department isn't always accurate in its contribution to a federal website purporting to catalog major information technology programs, their current status and risk rating, acknowledged a senior Pentagon official.

Holder urges Congress to pass data breach law

Massive online theft of consumer information has Attorney General Eric Holder urging Congress to legislate a national notification law. Just days after Target acknowledged the breach, Nieman Marcus also reported a suspected cyberattack found access to stored customer credit card data.

Army issues manual for 'cyber electromagnetic activities'

It describes the concept of cyber electromagnetic activities as the overlap between electronic warfare – such as jamming – spectrum management and cyber operations. The term first appeared in official Army strategy documents in 2011, when it merited a mention in another Army field manual (.pdf) governing unified operations on land.

House approves new version of FITARA

A bill reforming federal management of information technology has another shot at becoming law following the House's Feb. 25 passage by voice vote of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The bill (H.R. 1232) the House approved Tuesday afternoon is different in some key respects from an earlier version the House attached as an amendment to a national defense authorization bill.

DHS to foster NIST cybersecurity framework adoption among small and medium businesses

A Homeland Security Department official said the department sees small and medium businesses as a key community for adoption of the cybersecurity framework released earlier this month. DHS released a request for information seeking feedback on the cybersecurity industry's capability to provide "broadly scalable cyber security solutions at an affordable cost" to small and medium businesses. 

Air Force to launch 'neighborhood watch' space surveillance satellites

An Air Force general announced Feb. 21 the launch later this year of a previously classified satellite "neighborhood watch" constellation that will surveil space for covert satellites and debris.

ICE cancels license plate database solicitation

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement not to go forward with a solicitation for a commercially-run nationwide license plate tracking database following public outcry against it.

NIST proposes encryption standard development process internal guidance

Making good on a November promise to review its cryptographic standards development process and subject it to public comment, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released Wednesday proposed internal guidance that would bind it to being transparent, open and impartial.

Gallagher: NIST framework could improve federal agency cybersecurity programs

The cybersecurity framework released earlier this month by the National Institute of Standards and Technology has the potential to change federal agencies' approach to cybersecurity as well as that of the original intended audience of private sector critical infrastructure companies, said a NIST official. The framework outlines a maturity model of four tiers against which adoptees can benchmark the sophistication of their cybersecurity program.

ICE seeks database to track license plates nationwide

A component of the Homeland Security Department wants the private sector to build a nationwide database of license plates and zoomed-out photos of their cars, shows a Feb. 12 solicitation notice.