Standards

Engineering hurdles to clear ahead of tech 're-shoring'

The Trump administration has national security concerns when it comes to foreign dominance in microelectronics, but research and engineering advances are needed as a precursor to new policy, a top official said.

U.S. imposes new restrictions on Huawei, semiconductor industry

The Department of Commerce is tightening rules targeting the Chinese telecom's supply chain around computer processing chips and restricting sales of chips made with U.S. technology.

Lawmakers seek red team testing of vulnerable grid networks

Senators want to craft authorities for federal agencies and private power infrastructure providers to allow more cybersecurity testing of energy grid network security.

Data exchange and cybersecurity

Ensuring different software systems can easily communicate and exchange data is as much about people and process as it is technology.

DOD wants prime contractors to be 'help desk' for new cybersecurity model

The Defense Department is pushing forward with its unified cybersecurity standard for contractors and wants large companies and industry associations to show startups and smaller firms the way.

House panel mulls new election tech specs

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will mark up new legislation Nov. 14 that would mandate new research into voting machine cybersecurity vulnerabilities and update the way the government certifies such equipment.

Lawmaker pushes online verification to combat disinformation

Mandatory ID checks for social media platforms could help fight propaganda, but experts worry about privacy tradeoffs.

GSA's schedule merger to show changes next summer

Federal contracting officers will see biggest change from GSA's work to merge multiple purchasing schedules into a single one as the third phase closes in mid-2020.

With defense contractors in the crosshairs, NIST rolls out new cyber guidelines

Foreign countries are targeting and compromising U.S. contractors so frequently that the Department of Defense asked NIST to develop custom security guidance.

Tick tock: NARA's electronic records management deadline is approaching

While agencies have largely passed previous deadlines, this could be the most difficult mandate to date.

States, experts ask EAC for more flexibility in voting machine standards

There is concern in some quarters that the bureaucratic process outlined by the Election Assistance Commission may prevent voting machine standards from keeping up with the times.

NIST pushes new encryption protocols for quantum, connected devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is inching closer to developing two new encryption standards to protect the federal government from new and emerging cybersecurity threats.

States might miss new voting system specs for 2020

State election officials are supposed to be relying on updated voluntary federal security standards when purchasing new voting machines, but they may have to wait a long time.

Appeals court rules in tech standards case

A federal appeals court has overturned a decision that granted private industry organizations control over the use and publication of technical standards they developed after such standards have been incorporated into U.S. law.

IG: DHS still can't account for expired PIV cards

The Department of Homeland Security still lacks effective protocols to ensure old contractors don't retain access to their facilities and systems.

Bipartisan Senate bill would boost election security aid to states

The measure seeks to boost the level of federal support to state local officials in order to protect the nation's election infrastructure from foreign cyber interference.

Can blockchain transform ID?

Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up on a plan to use biometric markers in a blockchain platform to verify identity for displaced persons who may lack official documentation.