Cybersecurity

The White House Is Rewriting Contracting Language to Clarify Security Liability 

COVID-19 sped up some agencies’ cloud migration and amplified calls for cybersecurity assurances.

Senate Commerce Advances Cyber Grand Challenge Bill with Some Tweaks 

Bipartisan support for the bill is driven by a workforce development component.

Contact Tracers Don’t Need Your Social Security Number or Bank Info, FTC Warns

A new text scam uses coronavirus-response efforts as cover to pump victims for financial information.

NIST Wants Help Demonstrating Security Compliance in 5G  

The new project will help develop interoperability among various components of the emerging network architecture.

Lawmakers Want ‘Immediate Action’ to Encrypt Calls Between the House and Senate

The group is pushing for increased security for legislative branch communications due to spying threats. 

Critical Update: Why the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity Certification Program Inspires Hope and Fear

The Defense Department’s Katie Arrington, and representatives from across the federal contracting community share perspectives on a new era dawning in U.S. cybersecurity policy.

Bill Proposes to Incentivize Cybersecurity Innovations With Cash Prizes 

The legislation tries to breathe life into a “moonshot” idea first proposed by tech industry leaders. 

Iran Is Increasing Its Military and Cyber Activity, Report Says

After a big drop in April, Iran’s conventional military activity is up. Cyber operations never slowed down.

Gen Z Doesn’t Want to Work for the Government

Here are three things agencies can do to appeal more to these young, tech-savvy workers.

TSA Issues Road Map to Tackle Insider Threat With Artificial Intelligence

The agency says protection of privacy and civil liberties will be a guiding principle.

How to Keep Your TSP Account Secure in the Era of COVID-19

Scammers and fraudsters are taking advantage of the novel coronavirus pandemic to target online financial accounts. 

Senator Pushes to Require National Cyber Director in Defense Authorization Bill

The National Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommended the position be Senate-confirmed and coordinate civilian and defense cyber operations.

CISA Releases Top 10 Most Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities

The agency highlighted three threats targeting remote workers though other known issues date back to 2016.

New House COVID-19 Bill Includes Hazard Pay for Feds, Strengthens Protections for Telework and Sick Leave

Pelosi on Tuesday unveiled legislation that would provide up to $10,000 in premium pay for federal workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak and would prevent agencies from exempting employees from paid sick leave benefits.

GAO: DHS Needs More Oversight for Service Contracts

An appropriate balance of staff is needed to ensure contractors don’t end up making policy in mission areas including cybersecurity, auditors said.

Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic

Nationwide, mental health call and text centers, the first lines of defense for many people feeling jittery during a crisis, offer an early picture of how Americans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Critical Update: Teleworking Securely During the Pandemic

Nextgov staff recently joined the GovExec Daily podcast to discuss do's and don'ts of remote work.