Cybersecurity

CIA Report Prompts Call for DHS Cyber Authority Over Intelligence Agencies

Senator asks the director of national intelligence why his office hasn’t implemented a basic anti-phishing tool like the rest of the government.

Cybersecurity

Commerce to Allow Sharing Certain Technology with Huawei

The move aims to facilitate full U.S. participation in international standards-setting bodies.

Data

Census Established a Governance Group on Data Quality Amid COVID-19 Worries

A new GAO report shows the bureau continuing to struggle with privacy and data security issues.  

Cybersecurity

Social Security Wants a New Way to Manage Access for 330 Million Americans

The agency is considering overhauling its identity credential and access management, or ICAM, system to manage secure access for all users.

Emerging Tech

Justice Gets 15 Guilty Pleas for International Crime Ring that Laundered Money Through Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The case demonstrates law enforcement could be up to the challenge of tackling the anonymity tool, one expert says.

Ideas

Preparing for the Coming Quantum World (Pragmatically) 

Waiting around for quantum tech to mature could mean organizational change occurs too late.  

Policy

Senate Committee Passes Defense Policy Bill with Tech Investments to Counter China

Lawmakers call for research into artificial intelligence, quantum computing and 5G networks to counter near-peer adversaries.

CIO Briefing

Federal Tech Leaders Outline How Agencies Need to Adapt to the Changing Workforce

Old hiring methods and assumptions won’t hold up in the future, according to a new report from the Federal CIO Council.

Ideas

3 Ways Agencies Can Improve Cloud Security and Performance

It’s imperative agencies ensure their websites and hosted applications are secure and working at the expected performance levels.

IT Modernization

DOD, GSA to Rethink $8B DEOS Cloud Contract—Again

In the works since 2018, the Pentagon’s Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract remains on hold.

Ideas

Managing User Access Is a Crucial Step in Securing Federal Organizations

Agencies must make sure they leave no security gaps when employees join or leave.

Cybersecurity

DOD Officials, Cybersecurity Accreditation Partners Struggle with the China Question

Officials are also still hammering out conflict-of-interest issues, as watchdogs flag failures in Defense acquisition practices.

Ideas

The Case for Using Commercial Tools to Allow Classified Telework

Programs like the National Security Agency’s Commercial Solutions for Classified could be a path to transmit classified information without specialized hardware.

Cybersecurity

DOJ Says Foreign Actors Trying to Fuel Violence at Protests Through Misinformation 

The nation’s chief law enforcement official said adversaries are using digital means to increase unrest in the United States.

Policy

Effort to Develop Open Standards for 5G Moves in Intelligence Authorization Act

The bill cleared committee with one conspicuous hold out over an unsustainable proliferation of government secrets.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Commission: Expand Connected Device Security Bill Beyond Federal Procurement Realm  

The new recommendation comes in an annex the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released in light of the pandemic. 

CIO Briefing

Trump’s Attacks on Vote-by-Mail Worry Some Election Officials

For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail.

Cybersecurity

CISA Official Sidesteps Controversy over Trump’s Voting Fraud Claims

The official said the agency is focused on protecting the voting infrastructure, not the president’s claims about mail-in voting fraud.