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Dammit, Jim, I’m a Doctor Not an EHR Software Tester!

Have you seen ONC’s latest challenge? I was all ready to ease into a long Memorial Day weekend when I saw the news, now I’m annoyed. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has identified a problem with end users of EHR software needing to report concerns they […]


Band-Aids for Bullet Holes: Windows Print Spooler Security

Is the Windows Print Spooler Any Safer 8 Years After Stuxnet? While completing my masters program in Information Assurance at University of Maryland this past Spring , I was asked to research the Windows Print Spooler for vulnerabilities. It was during this research I was surprised to see Microsoft conducting […]


CMMI 2.0 Brings Big Changes

The CMMI Institute’s annual conference, Capability Counts, was held this year on May 1-2 in Reston, VA. The major news that I anticipated was the formal rolling out of CMMI 2.0. The new version of the model – the first major release since the original version 1.1 debuted in 2002 […]


Disclosure: How Spectre and Meltdown exposed ethical challenges facing US companies

  On Jan 3rd, Intel confirmed a leaked report published by The Register that nearly every CPU it had produced since 1995 contained major hardware vulnerabilities. The flaws collectively called Spectre and Meltdown unfortunately were also present on chips from rivals ARM, AMD, Qualcomm and even Apple. How did every […]


Ensuring the right people for the job

The Homeland Security and Defense Business Council recently released The Business of Homeland Security report authored by Grant Thornton that’s part of the 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise. The report is based on a survey conducted last summer (2017) of current and former DHS officials as well as […]


Best of CES 2018

This is my third annual trip report on the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), presented each January in Las Vegas by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). I attended CES as a precursor to the CES Government (CESG) conference which was once again outstanding. But here is my CES 2018 story. Warning, […]


Latest Lessons from Japan on Agile

Warning to IT – the Japanese industry that gave us the seeds of modern software development methodologies (Lean, Agile) are seeing their models fail. Why? In part, they reduced testing, cut skilled, experienced personnel in favor of less expensive labor, and essentially rubber-stamped inspections (or worse). Lesson: modern methods don’t […]


Test Like You Mean It

Tonight begins the second round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for our hometown Washington Capitals. They have no doubt spent the past few days furiously practicing in preparation for facing the reigning champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It occurs to me that as they have practiced, their coaches didn’t […]


HIMSS 2017 Debrief – FHIR Myths and Misconceptions 1

After successfully navigating my way back home, the HIMSS 2017 conference is now a fading memory of a whirlwind of events – presentations, education sessions, parties and numerous conversations – not to mention thousands of steps through the exhibit hall and beyond.  My focus, as always, for the past few […]


Innovation and Acquisition

At CES Government in Las Vegas this year, I had the privilege of speaking as part of a panel focused on the topic of “Innovation and Acquisition: the Disabling Disconnect.” The central theme was that the federal government continues to struggle with how to get out of its own way in […]