Cyber Threats

Defense Information Network to Host Data Repository for Contractors’ Cybersecurity Audits, Official Says

Applications are now available for aspiring assessor organizations, which will also need to have their security certified.

Defense Authorization Act Clears Key Subcommittee in the House  

The legislation includes some recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, but not the main one. 

NSA Revises Guidance on Teleworking Services for Government Users

The agency now notes end-to-end encryption may not be an option for some use cases. 

NSA Piloting Secure Domain Name System Service for Defense Contractors

The effort is meant to help small- and medium-sized companies get more bang for their cybersecurity buck.

Pentagon Wants to Scale Up Its Device Security Program

The Comply-to-Connect program ensures devices connecting to military networks have baseline security without needing to install endpoint management apps.

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.

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.

‘Gov Clouds’ During COVID-19: The End of the Digital Fortress Era 

Simply put, many U.S. government agencies are running on less reliable, less feature-rich, fortressed versions of commercial clouds.

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.

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.

Senators Call for Legislation to Ensure Security Reviews of Foreign Telecoms

The bipartisan report says a recent executive order on the issue doesn’t go far enough.

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.

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.

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. 

NIST Seeks Input on Position Navigation and Timing Services 

The agency is tasked by an executive order to develop profiles for the technology based on its cybersecurity framework to inform agencies’ procurement. 

NSA Attributes Attacks on Common E-mail Transfer Software to Russian Agents 

A patch for the vulnerability the hackers are targeting has existed for almost a year.