“Federal CISO Chris DeRusha said today that the ongoing solicitation of Federal agency bids for money from the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) is drawing a lot of interest in security-related projects – one of the four primary areas that the TMF Board identified earlier this year as ones it would prioritize as it works to deploy up to $1 billion of new funding capacity from the American Rescue Plan Act.
In May, the TMF Board asked Federal agencies to submit project proposals by June 2. The board said it would give the highest priority consideration to proposals that modernize “high-priority” systems, improve cybersecurity, boost public-facing digital systems, and create cross-government services and infrastructure.
Speaking at Google Cloud’s Government Security Summit today on July 20, DeRusha said ‘we’ve seen a lot of really interesting agency projects coming in as proposals’ for TMF funding, and ‘a huge focus on security.’
‘The [TMF] board is prioritizing these projects … particularly the ones that have security outcomes, cut across agencies, [and] improve the public’s ability to access government services,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of good themes here.’…” Read the full article here.
Source: Federal CISO: TMF Funding Round Drawing Big Focus on Security Projects – By John Curran, July 20, 2021. MeriTalk.