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Jack Corrigan

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Jack Corrigan
Jack Corrigan reports on cyber and national security issues. Before joining Nextgov in 2017, he wrote for multiple publications around his hometown of Chicago. Jack graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in journalism and economics.
Cybersecurity

Ex-NSA Contractor to Serve 9 Years for Hoarding Classified Information

“Your worst enemy, after the usual suspects, is some of our own,” Harold Martin said during his sentencing hearing.

Cybersecurity

IRS Still Has Dozens of Cyber Fixes to Make From Last Year

Numerous security deficiencies in the agency’s IT ecosystem could leave data on millions of taxpayers at risk, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Cybersecurity

DHS is Looking to Upgrade Its FISMA Compliance Tools

The new and improved information assurance system would help officials better understand and manage the department’s sprawling IT infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

IRS Urges Tax Pros to Take Cyber Seriously

The agency released a list of basic cybersecurity procedures the entire tax industry should use to stop digital identity theft.

Cybersecurity

Census Chief Assures Lawmakers IT and Cyber Risks are Under Control

But with less than a year until the 2020 count kicks off, the bureau still has little room for error, the Government Accountability Office warns.

IT Modernization

The Pentagon Releases Its 5-Year Digital Modernization Strategy 

Officials outlined plans to drive innovation, streamline IT acquisitions and build a more agile and resilient cyber posture.

IT Modernization

Mr. FedRAMP is Leaving Government

Matt Goodrich is headed to the private sector after a decade in civil service.

Emerging Tech

VA Appoints First-Ever Artificial Intelligence Director

The move represents a broader push to improve veteran care through AI-enabled solutions.

Emerging Tech

Interior Approves Chinese Drone Purchases Despite Spying Concerns

However, the agency has multiple technical measures in place to ensure the manufacturer can’t use the aircraft to spy on the U.S., according to the director of Interior’s drone operations.

CIO Briefing

Experts Tell Congress Facial Recognition’s Bias Problem May Be Here to Stay

Despite significant improvements in the tech’s overall performance, he said, “it’s unlikely” researchers will ever make systems equally accurate across racial and other demographic lines.

Cybersecurity

Securing the Internet of Things Requires Flexibility, Experts Say

The internet of things is evolving constantly, and so should the rules for keeping those devices secure, they said.

Cybersecurity

NSA Isn’t Always Following Its Own Cybersecurity Policies, Watchdog Says

The NSA Inspector General found the agency has “room for improvement” in every IT security category outlined in FISMA.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon Looks into Virtual Reality to Prepare Troops for Nuclear War

The tech would let troops run through more exercises more frequently and at less cost than traditional training in the real world.

Emerging Tech

The Intelligence Community Wants to Hear Your Cutting-Edge Tech Pitch

ODNI is expanding one of its major vendor outreach programs to speed up adoption of emerging tech and modernize the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure.

IT Modernization

GSA Releases Draft Requirements For Governmentwide E-commerce Pilot

Interested vendors have until Aug. 1 to weigh in on the project, which is expected to officially kick off by the end of the year.

Cybersecurity

Report: Pentagon Should Assume U.S. Satellites Are Already Hacked

As U.S. and its allies tether more of their military operations to government and commercial satellites, they need to start taking cybersecurity more seriously.

Data

Justice Department Launches API for Foreign Lobbyist Data

The new online portal offers the public easier access to documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the law that put Paul Manafort in jail.

Data

CBP Approving ‘Potentially High-Risk’ People for Trusted Traveler Program 

The Homeland Security Department Inspector General found officers aren’t properly vetting applicants for the Global Entry program or checking their status at ports of entry.