August 25, 2021

Cybersecurity Executive Order will Topple our Industry’s House of Cards

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO On May 12, 2021, the Biden Administration released the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. This directive seeks “bold changes and significant investments” to “protect and secure” the Federal Government’s computer systems by:…
August 18, 2021

Dreaming of a “Zero Dependency” Tech Stack

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Recently, there has been a pattern forming in my journal reading: How did web development become so bizarrely complex? – Discussions on the explosion of framework, team personnel, and technologies for a “simple” website Web…
May 11, 2021

You Can Help Shape Government’s Future Technology Needs

TLDR: Give your input on essential technology trends in the federal government by taking this short ACT-IAC Survey! The ACT-IAC Alliant Program Innovations Working Group has assembled thought leaders from government IT companies to provide input to GSA as they…
December 23, 2020

The SolarWinds Hack and Zero Trust Architecture

By Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO SolarWinds Orion is a popular software system that allows an administrator to monitor your network performance across the company through a central interface. Of course, SolarWinds provides periodic patch updates to Orion. Unfortunately this past March,…
September 14, 2020

Enter Date: “Next Tuesday” and Why RPA is Overhyped

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Imagine going to a website, typing “Next Tuesday” into a date field, and it works. This magical capability already exists and is provided by a built-in PHP function called “strtotime”. Why doesn’t everyone use strtotime? Because, it’s…
August 13, 2020

Managing Cloud Spending is a Challenge; Here Are Some Ways Agencies Can Improve

By Daniel Proctor, TCG Data Analyst Over the last ten years, spending on cloud services has increased across federal agencies. In 2010, OMB made cloud computing an essential part of government’s plan to modernize IT and IT management, and early…
July 13, 2020

“End of Support” Does Not Mean “End of Life” for Open Source Projects

By Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Long-term support for AngularJS by Google will end July 2021. As a response, trade magazines and blogs lamented AngularJS’s end of life. Developers questioned Google about the security ramifications. Excellent guides appeared on how to transition…
April 13, 2020

No, You Don’t Need Kubernetes for DevSecOps

By Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO If you google “DevSecOps”, you will find many references to deployment pipelines, and one of the most popular is from AWS (depicted in the diagram on the below). The pipeline involves many quickly evolving technologies…
March 10, 2020

Faster OpenVAS Vulnerability Scanning

By Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO OpenVAS is a system vulnerability scanner that checks visible ports, services it can access for known exploits, and high level web threats (like cross-site script vulnerabilities and improper file access). The TCG Tech Team uses it…
January 13, 2020

Can Machine Learning Solve Your Problem?

By Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Machine learning (ML) is all over the news. It can beat humans at Go, but has caused a backlash grading Utah students’ essays. So what problems can we effectively solve by an ML system right now?…