CIO Briefing

Congress Cooks Up Ideas to Secure Elections, Then Came the Mueller Indictments

Congressional Democrats are pushing for a hearing to discuss election security improvements while demanding further action in the wake of indictments leveled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Cybersecurity

The Annual Cost of U.S. Cybercrime Could Top $100 Billion

Companies aren’t properly incentivized to protect their networks and we’re all paying the price, the Council of Economic Advisers concludes.

IT Modernization

Defense Department (Re)Launches Open Source Software Portal

The Code.mil open source initiative got a makeover and a new website: Code.mil.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Announces Industry Day For Major Cloud Acquisition

The Defense Department will host an industry day for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition on March 7.

Emerging Tech

Google Chrome Has Begun Ridding the Internet of Crappy Ads

The company is creating a filter to get rid of annoying ad experiences.

Cybersecurity

White House Threatens ‘Consequences’ for 2017 Russian Cyberattack

In an unusual public statement, the White House fingered Russia and said it would respond with unspecified “international consequences" to NotPetya.

Ideas

Why the Cloud Is Inevitable For Federal Agencies

Despite years of top-down push, there's been minimal buy-in from agencies.

Cybersecurity

Could the Military Start Drafting Hackers in Their 40s?

A commission on the draft is studying cutting age and gender exclusions for people with cyber skills.

Emerging Tech

DHS Announces Finalists in Biothreat-Spotting Contest

A department contest advanced five early warning systems designed to detect biological attacks.

IT Modernization

VA Secretary on $10B Health Records Contract: ‘We Have To Get This One Right’

The Trump administration requested $1.2 billion in fiscal 2019 for a commercial health records contract, which the department is expected to award by March.

Cybersecurity

International Hackers Find 106 Bugs in U.S. Air Force Websites

One bug discovered during Hack the Air Force 2.0 earned $12,500—the largest federal bounty paid out so far.

Cybersecurity

No Easy Answers, Just More Questions in Major Encryption Report

Any change to encryption policy will require a tradeoff between individual security and national security, a report from the National Academies concludes.

Emerging Tech

The U.S. Air Force Is Giving Its Anti-Drone Efforts a Silicon Valley Twist

A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines.

Emerging Tech

More Money, Fewer Rules Could Help AI Grow, Experts Say

The government needs to put money into artificial intelligence if it wants to beat other countries, tech experts say.