Molly Bernhart Walker

Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker

Molly Walker is Executive Editor of the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. She writes for, edits and oversees daily editorial operations for FierceGovernmentIT, FierceGovernment, FierceHomelandSecurity and FierceMobileGovernment. She also manages custom eBook and webinar content for the Government publications. Walker previously served as Managing Editor of both the Government and Enterprise IT groups at FierceMarkets. Prior to joining Fierce, she was a Managing Editor at SourceMedia and got her feet wet with internships at FoxNews.com and USAToday.com. She lives in Northern Virginia and is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C.. She can be reached at molly@fiercemarkets.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker

NSA director: "Totally defensive" a losing strategy

Although there are no established principles for norms in cyberspace, such as what qualifies as an "act of war," the idea that nations should refrain from offensive action and operate day-to-day completely on the defensive is not acceptable to the U.S. military, said Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, the dual-hatted head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command.

Fierce 15 winners prove innovation breeds innovation

After two solid years I was worried we had already found and recognized most of the fierce people in government IT. Fortunately, innovation breeds innovation. And there are more dynamic people in government than ever to inspire us. 

FAA IG: NextGen by 2020 a "tall order"

The Federal Aviation Administration could have a tough time meeting its deadline for the Next Generation Air Transportation program, or NextGen – a 20-year, $40 billion initiative designed to modernize a decades-old U.S. aviation system by using satellite-based, digital technologies to make air travel safe, reliable, convenient and more predictable – according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.

USPS delayed breach notification so as not to tip off hackers

The Postal Service didn't notify some 800,000 USPS employees immediately when it was believed their personally identifiable information was compromised because it did not want to jeoprodize the investigation and alert the perpetrators, said a USPS officia Nov. 19 before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee. In fact, the investigation is still very much underway, said Randy Miskanic, vice president of secure digital solutions at USPS.

NIST issues FISMA-based data security guidance for non-federal entities

Non-federal organizations such as contractors, state governments and academic institutions often handle controlled unclassified information, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering specific guidance on protecting that information based on the Federal Information Security Management Act.

GAO finds holes in VA cyber incident response protocols

It's sometimes unclear whether corrective response to information technology vulnerabilities identified by the Veterans Affairs Department have been effective because the department has done little follow-up on its mitigation techniques, says the Government Accountability Office.

Federal health office shares vision for improving healthcare quality through IT

Healthcare quality and value can improve if a nationwide strategy is aligned with principles such as interoperability, system modularity and data capture and reuse, says the office responsible for setting the Health and Human Services Department's information technology strategy.

Forrester: Agencies missing the mark on customer experience

The Obama administration has set improving customer service as a "cross-agency priority goal," but a Nov. 7 report from Forrester says federal departments and agencies are coming up very short.

GSA upgrades search analytics for agency website managers, giving them more insight

Federal website managers have additional tools to improve their sites' "findability," including access to more query and click data, as a result of recent upgrades to the backend analytics framework used by the General Services Administration's digital search program.

Cyberspace needs 'peace-time norms' to achieve stability, says State Department cybersecurity expert

The State Department is trying to refocus an international conversation about how traditional military concepts and international law apply in cyberspace to "the next level down" as a way to achieve stability, said a cybersecurity official with the department.