Policy

Jobs Plan Is Part of Competing with China, Commerce Secretary Says

Gina Raimondo said President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal will be key in out-competing China.

Cybersecurity

Experts Torn on Role of National Cyber Director

Former officials agree someone needs to coordinate the work of various government entities but weighed pros and cons to the position being located within the National Security Council.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s Cybersecurity Accreditation Body Open to Pursuing Grants as a Nonprofit 

Once the organization gains non-profit status from the IRS, the board’s chairman sees new funding opportunities opening up that he says could benefit industry.

Cybersecurity

Top Homeland Security Senators Want Details on Agencies Hit in SolarWinds, Microsoft Intrusions

Sens. Gary Peters and Rob Portman also request more information on key defensive programs and federal cyber leadership.

Cybersecurity

DOD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program for Contractors Is in Demand

The Defense Cyber Crime Center launched a pilot with “a few dozen” companies participating.

IT Modernization

DOD Workforce Wants to Keep Telework Going Despite Early Hiccups

A Defense Department Inspector General report surveyed more than 56,000 employees about telework during the pandemic.

Ideas

It's When Not If with Ransomware: How Agencies Can Prepare

Agencies must acknowledge this threat and take steps to prepare, defend and remediate.

Cybersecurity

DOE Watchdog Detailed Its Cybersecurity State Amid SolarWinds Hack

The department continues to struggle with many of the issues the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency identified after widespread intrusions into the public and private sector. 

Cybersecurity

Electric Cars, Smart Refrigerators Pose Cyber Risk To US Utilities, GAO Finds

The risks aren’t well understood by researchers, in part because of local and state control of electrical utilities.

Cybersecurity

DOD Concludes Review of First CMMC Certification Organization

The Accreditation Body in charge of the department’s developing certification program also has a notable new leader as others take their leave.

Cybersecurity

CISA Orders Agencies to Conduct Fresh Scans of Microsoft Exchange Servers

The agency issued supplemental guidance requiring new tests with Microsoft-provided tools and measures to harden the attractive target.

Ideas

Getting and Growing the Cyber Workforce You Need for 2021—and Beyond

It’s no secret that the competition for cyber talent is stiff. With a 0% unemployment rate and nearly 400K open positions across the U.S., federal agencies must reinvent their cyber employee experience. 

IT Modernization

Army Using DevSecOps for Tactical Radio Program 

The iterative development approach allowed the program executive office to start making adjustments to network operations quickly, according to a news release. 

Cybersecurity

FedRAMP Outlines Requirements for Using Containers

Container technology allows operability across operating systems and faster development but is a primary security concern for implementers. 

Cybersecurity

Air Force Working on Foundational Zero Trust Activities, CIO Says

Some programs are already operating under a zero trust framework, but the enterprise as a whole still needs basic tools for things like identity, credentials and access management. 

Cybersecurity

Director Says NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Authority ‘Rightly’ Limited

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who oversees both the intelligence agency and U.S. Cyber Command, stressed the need for greater visibility through private-sector information streams.

Cybersecurity

Energy Launches Supply Chain Program As Watchdog Called for More Action 

The Energy Department has been focused on securing the generation and transmission of power, but distribution processes are also increasingly vulnerable.

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