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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.
CIO Briefing

White House Builds Out Science and Tech Office

The Trump administration has been slow to fill positions in its tech policy apparatus.

Cybersecurity

What to Expect from Congress’ Cyber Strategy Brain Trust 

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission aims to have policy recommendations ready to plug into the next defense authorization bill, Co-Chairman Rep. Mike Gallagher said.

Cybersecurity

Senate Committee Approves $250 Million to Fund the Electric Grid Security

The PROTECT Act would create a federal grant program to help small utility companies improve their digital defenses.

Cybersecurity

Too Many CISOs Delay Cyber Response, DHS Official Says

The overabundance of federal cybersecurity leaders is inhibiting the government’s ability to rapidly respond to threats, according to Mark Bristow.

Cybersecurity

VA Released Millions of People's Personal Data Despite Known Risks

The agency stopped redacting personally identifiable information in claims requested under the Privacy Act, even though officials knew the policy could leave millions of people vulnerable to identity theft.

Cybersecurity

Spy Agencies Stopped Collecting GPS, Phone Location Data Last Year

The decision came in the wake of a Supreme Court decision restricting law enforcement’s use of such information.

Emerging Tech

Lawmakers Propose Bill Limiting Government's Use of Facial Recognition

The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before conducting facial recognition surveillance.

Cybersecurity

DHS Cyber Monitoring Program Is Shedding Light on Agencies’ Shadow IT

Before using tools provided under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, agencies only knew about four of every seven devices that connected to their networks, according to program manager Kevin Cox.

Cybersecurity

CISA Wants Feedback on Its Vulnerability Assessments

The agency is looking to improve a program that lets critical infrastructure operators measure their digital security and see how they stack up against their counterparts.

IT Modernization

State Wants to Recruit More Young, Diverse IT Pros

The Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program would offer 15 students mentoring, financial aid and guaranteed employment.

Cybersecurity

Supply Chain Security Requires Acquisition Reform, Security Experts Say

To secure the government’s IT ecosystem, agencies must better understand their tech, the vendors who built it, and those companies’ suppliers.

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Emerging Tech

Don’t Rush Quantum-Proof Encryption, Warns NSA Research Director 

Quantum computers could crack the codes that secure the world’s digital information but racing to a solution could create more threats, according to Dr. Deborah Frincke.

Cybersecurity

Report: Cyber Workforce Must Grow 145% to Meet Global Demand

In the U.S., there are only enough cybersecurity pros to fill about 60% of the available jobs, according to industry researchers.

IT Modernization

DISA Previews Big Tech Opportunities for 2020

The Pentagon’s IT shop released a list of next year’s contracting opportunities, including 12 worth more than $100 million.

Data

Senate Lawmakers Want to Pop Social Media Filter Bubbles

A newly proposed bill would require large social media companies to give users the chance to opt out of algorithmically curated content.

Emerging Tech

DHS Wants Self-Service Stations for Airport Security

The tech would allow passengers to screen themselves and skip lengthy lines at today’s security checkpoints.

Cybersecurity

DISA Official: ‘No One Knows’ How Cyber Standards Will Impact Contractor Pool

Many small businesses might find themselves excluded from the Pentagon’s most sensitive tech projects under the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Census Risks Missing Deadlines on 15 IT Systems Ahead of 2020 

With Census Day less than six months away, officials have no room for error in system development, testing and deployment.

Cybersecurity

Interior Grounds All Drones With Ties to Chinese Companies

The decision comes months after agency officials approved purchases of aircraft built by the Chinese firm SZ DJI Technology. 

Emerging Tech

Defense Innovation Board Lays Out 5 Key Principles for Ethical AI

The guidance is intended to steer the department’s expanding AI portfolio and reassure the public that military leaders take concerns about bias, transparency and accountability seriously.