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.

Cybersecurity

Russian Hackers Launch Cyberattacks Against International Athletics Organizations

The attacks come as the World Anti-Doping Agency threatens to bar Russia from participating in major competitions, including the Olympics and other world championship events.

Cybersecurity

DISA Is Looking to Buy AI-Powered Cyber Defenses

The tools would use automation and machine learning to respond to common cyberattacks without any human intervention, freeing personnel to focus on more complex intrusions.

IT Modernization

Pentagon Tech Chief Defends Integrity of JEDI Award

The White House had no sway over the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract that the Defense Department awarded Microsoft, according to Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy.

Cybersecurity

Lawmaker Demands Answers on Exodus of White House Cyber Officials

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wants the White House to respond to reports that it’s forcing high-ranking officials in the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer to step down.

Cybersecurity

VA Aces IG Audit On Mobile Device Security

The audit comes as good news for the department, which historically has struggled to manage its technology systems.

CIO Briefing

White House Tech Chiefs Preview 2020 Cyber Initiatives

Over the next year, agencies can expect to see a big push for identity management protocols, network monitoring tools and supply chain security policies.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon to Begin Testing 5G at Four Domestic Installations

The department will release a draft solicitation for the program in November.

Cybersecurity

House Committee Advances Bill to Expand DHS Cyber Monitoring Program

As state and local governments face rising cyber threats, the legislation would give them free access to the tools provided under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.

Emerging Tech

Army Partners with UFO Researchers to Study Active Camouflage and Other Sci-Fi Tech

The partnership will explore metamaterials, quantum communications, beamed energy propulsion and other futuristic tech for use on the military’s ground vehicles.

Cybersecurity

Russian Hackers Co-Opt Iranian Cyber Tools to Attack 35 Countries, NSA Warns

In a joint advisory, U.S. and British authorities said the Turla group is piggy-backing off the work of Iranian rivals to advance its own agenda.

IT Modernization

Technology Modernization Fund Tapped for Two More Projects

The latest batch of grants leaves the fund with only about $24 million, less than 20% of its total endowment.

Cybersecurity

Silicon Valley Lawmaker Proposes Cyber Training for Every Federal Employee

Rep. Ro Khanna plans to introduce a bill that would require feds to learn basic cyber hygiene, including how to securely navigate the internet of things. 

Cybersecurity

Pentagon Receives 2,000 Comments on Vendor Cyber Certification Program

The next iteration of the framework will be released in early November, according to Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord.

Cybersecurity

VA Exposes Sensitive Veteran Data to Thousands of Unauthorized Employees

The files included medical records, internal communications and other sensitive information dating back to 2016, the inspector general found.

Cybersecurity

Industry Wants More Legal Cover for Sharing Supply Chain Threats

Sharing potential threats are critical for ensuring companies avoid shady vendors, but under current laws, firms that do so could wind up in court.

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