Cybersecurity

The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

The White House in 2016 required every agency to make at least 20 percent of its custom software available for reuse across the government, but the Pentagon isn’t even halfway there, according to the Government Accountability Office.

GAO Launches New Unit to Prepare Congress for the Future

The Center for Strategic Foresight held its first conference, focused on two problems closer to the present than the future: deep space and deepfakes.

Homeland Security Stands Up Transatlantic Aviation Roundtable

The new committee will address critical security issues that trouble the open skies.

Critical Update: How Hackers Get Stuck In HADES

For the fourth season of Critical Update, the Nextgov team is diving into the latest developments in cybersecurity, beginning with the world’s biggest honeypot.

GEAR Center’s First Projects Focus on Government’s Perennial Workforce Issues 

The research center’s first challenge winners aim to fill government openings with alternative talent and beef up the workforce’s data skills.  

U.S. Finalizes Rule Banning Kaspersky Products From Government Contracts

The final rule will go into effect Tuesday, replacing an interim rule in place for over a year.

DISA is Merging Its Cyber Operations Into a Single Cloud-Based Platform

The Unified Situational Cyber Awareness capability would help cyber analysts keep tabs on every part of the Department of Defense Information Network.

Education Department Details Plans to Honor Nation’s Top Cyber Educators

But the agency needs a special clearance from OMB to meet all relevant deadlines.

Twitter Bots Are Becoming More Human-Like: Study

In 2016, they were mostly retweeters on timers. Now they’re gathering intelligence.

Achieving DevSecOps Success Depends More on Trust than Tooling

Let’s explore what’s behind the cultural clash between the development, security and operations teams.

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DOD Will Require Vendor Cybersecurity Certifications By This Time Next Year

The department released a draft maturity model and timeline for new certification requirements for all of the defense industrial base.

Army Cyber Command Ready for Aggressive Ops Around 2020 Election, Chief Says

Russia and other actors who try to meddle in the election will be met with a much broader, aggressive and more unified cyber campaign than in years past, according to Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty.

Trump Administration Seeks to Quash Lawsuit Over OPM Hack

Government says feds are not entitled to damages as hackers intended to use the personal information they gathered for spying, not identity theft or fraud. 

Apple iPhones Could Have Been Hacked for Years—Here's What to Do About It

As there is no visible sign of infection on the device, it is likely users are completely unaware of the risks they’re facing.

Agencies, Industry Take Creative Approaches to Cyber Recruitment

Federal officials and executives shared how they’re rethinking the credentials and experience of cyber recruits.

NSA Cyber Chief Wants to Share Digital Threats Early and Often

The agency has historically been slow to share threat intelligence but accelerating that process would help the government get ahead of cyber adversaries, according to Anne Neuberger.