Cybersecurity

States Weigh Bans on Ransomware Payoffs

The idea is that this would deter attacks because cybercriminals would know they couldn’t get paid.

Emerging Tech

NASA Turns to Edge Computing to Protect ISS Astronauts from Contamination

A microbiologist said the emerging technology will be vital to the space agency’s future exploration.

CIO Briefing

Wally Funk Finally Gets Her Moment in Space

In the 1960s, Funk was part of Mercury 13 — a program to train women astronauts that was ultimately canceled. On Tuesday, she became the oldest person to launch into space.

Ideas

DOD’s Forecast Post-JEDI: Multi-Cloud with a Chance of Peril

The Defense Department's needs are diverse and have become even more disparate amidst the post-SolarWinds landscape.

Ideas

Changing How App Stores Operate Could Have National Security Implications

As Congress considers how to increase competition for app stores run by Apple, Google and others, it also needs to consider potential cybersecurity threats.

Emerging Tech

Microsoft, Army Sign Cooperative Research Agreement for Storm Modeling

The Army Engineer Research and Development Center will demonstrate the scalability of its storm modeling system in Azure Government cloud.

Emerging Tech

Counter-drone Startup Successfully Links Capability with Key Army C2 Software

The software-defined high-power microwave solution created by Epirus is also compatible with anything else that integrates with the C2 software. 

Ideas

Raising the Contractor Minimum Wage: It’s Not as Simple as it Looks

The current circumstances create a bizarre combination of a wage safety net and wage suppression.

Emerging Tech

Richard Branson Pulled It Off

One space billionaire has now made it to space and back. Jeff Bezos is next.

Policy

Biden Executive Order on Competition Includes ‘Big Tech’

The executive order includes 72 programs and actions for the administration to take, four of which focus on increasing competition within the technology sector.

Cybersecurity

Report: COVID-19 Increased Acquisition Activity in Cyber Industry

The pandemic contributed to more than 120 publicly announced cybersecurity acquisitions in 2020 as the need for cybersecurity tools grew.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Cancels JEDI Cloud Contract

The Defense Department will opt for a new multibillion-dollar, multi-vendor contract.

Cybersecurity

White House Plans to Attribute the Microsoft Exchange Hack Soon

Microsoft has already attributed the broad-scale compromise of its on-premises mail servers to Chinese nation-state actors.

IT Modernization

GSA’s Latest Blanket Purchase Agreement Benefits Climate Agency

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a new way to procure mission critical IT.

CIO Briefing

Advocacy Group Asks Biden Administration to Consider 7 Reforms for Governmentwide Contracts

A group of federal contractors want to see the governmentwide acquisition contract, or GWAC, program process improved for innovative and non-traditional vendors.

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