Cybersecurity

5 Ways the FITARA Scorecard May Evolve 

Ten scorecards later, lawmakers and experts are looking for new ways to update the metrics on which agencies are graded.

More Federal Funds Could Help Small Jurisdictions With Technical Tools to Secure Elections, Expert Says

The potential for disinformation to disrupt the process casts a shadow on significant improvements made since 2016.

NTIA to Host Proof-of-Concept Summit in Software Transparency Effort

More agencies are starting to ask suppliers for a software bill of materials in building a foundation for better, faster cybersecurity.

Most Agencies Are C-Students on 10th FITARA Scorecard

The latest FITARA scorecard marked a milestone since the first report in 2015—no agency received a D or an F grade. But fewer agencies improved grades this time around. 

How 5G Could Change Government’s Pandemic Response

The main benefit of 5G, especially for public sector applications, is the enablement of machine-to-machine communications.

EU’s First Cyber Sanctions Target Russian, North Koreans, Chinese Attackers

The EU singled out perpetrators that attacked British hospitals, Ukrainian infrastructure, and the Pyeongchang Olympics.

State Department Brings Financing Partners to Help Fund Huawei Alternatives

The State Department is working with financial institutions to help close deals for Western technology providers around the globe, an official says.

CISA Releases Final TIC 3 Guidance

The agency plans to finalize the first two use cases for the Trusted Internet Connection program later this summer.

A Post-Pandemic Guide to Building Resilient Business Comms

Agencies should ensure their communication systems are ready for another mass shift to telework in case the need comes up again.

CMMC Official Backs Light-touch Option for Continuous Monitoring of Defense Contractors’ Cybersecurity

The Pentagon’s certification program is looking for a way to keep tabs on companies during the three-year intervals between independent audits.

Was the Pentagon’s Blacklist of Chinese Companies Justified?

An independent study of the list found China uses its favored companies to wipe out competition and spread economic influence.

GAO: More Than Half of COVID-19 Government Contracts Not Competitively Awarded

While some of that spending went through existing IDIQs, some $7.7 billion in new contracts were awarded “using the unusual and compelling urgency exception.”

Racing the Clock on Election Security

There are less than 100 days left until the presidential election.

So Much for the Decentralized Internet

A recent Twitter hack probably didn’t scare you. Here’s why it should.

A Test and Trace Strategy for Reconnecting to Government Networks

Agencies shifted to large-scale work from home operations but little thought has been given to how to secure these networks when workers return to the office. 

The Liability Plan to Hold Software Producers Accountable for Cybersecurity 

A key congressman explains one of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s loftier recommendations.

Shift Left: DevSecOps and the Path to Continuous Authority to Operate

DevSecOps, containerization and cloud native security methods are here, but streamlining their use is an ongoing challenge in government.