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Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
Cybersecurity

CISA Stands to Gain Powers Under Both Versions of the Defense Authorization Bill

An amendment on the Senate-side bill would grant the agency subpoena power over internet service providers.

Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Need to Have Certification, CISA Official Says

A process for vetting algorithms and their input data is needed to build confidence in the tech but is still very far off.

CIO Briefing

House Committee Leader Wants Oversight of Pentagon’s Handling of Banned Chinese Gear

One observer says prospects look dim for contractors requesting an extension on compliance with provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Emerging Tech

Industry Calls on Government to Invest Billions for Developing Secure 5G Networks 

Comments to the NTIA also say the administration shouldn’t choose winners and losers to compete with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

CIO Briefing

Intelligence Authorization Would Add to Due Process Rules for Security Clearance Reviews

Also new in the bill is a provision allowing the government to share negative information about contractors with their companies.

Cybersecurity

How COVID-19 Could Change the Makeup of the Federal Workforce 

CISA director sees an opportunity to seize on increased remote work to make the cybersecurity community more diverse.

CIO Briefing

Defense Information Network to Host Data Repository for Contractors’ Cybersecurity Audits, Official Says

Applications are now available for aspiring assessor organizations, which will also need to have their security certified.

Cybersecurity

Defense Authorization Act Clears Key Subcommittee in the House  

The legislation includes some recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, but not the main one. 

Policy

New Team Telecom Recommendation Doesn’t Bode Well for U.S.-China Connections

The Justice Department-led commission cited Chinese cybersecurity laws in spurning an undersea cable that would vastly improve the speed and capacity of data transfers to the region.

Cybersecurity

NSA Revises Guidance on Teleworking Services for Government Users

The agency now notes end-to-end encryption may not be an option for some use cases. 

Cybersecurity

NSA Piloting Secure Domain Name System Service for Defense Contractors

The effort is meant to help small- and medium-sized companies get more bang for their cybersecurity buck.

Cybersecurity

CIA Report Prompts Call for DHS Cyber Authority Over Intelligence Agencies

Senator asks the director of national intelligence why his office hasn’t implemented a basic anti-phishing tool like the rest of the government.

Cybersecurity

Commerce to Allow Sharing Certain Technology with Huawei

The move aims to facilitate full U.S. participation in international standards-setting bodies.

Data

Census Established a Governance Group on Data Quality Amid COVID-19 Worries

A new GAO report shows the bureau continuing to struggle with privacy and data security issues.  

Emerging Tech

Justice Gets 15 Guilty Pleas for International Crime Ring that Laundered Money Through Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The case demonstrates law enforcement could be up to the challenge of tackling the anonymity tool, one expert says.

Policy

Senate Committee Passes Defense Policy Bill with Tech Investments to Counter China

Lawmakers call for research into artificial intelligence, quantum computing and 5G networks to counter near-peer adversaries.

Cybersecurity

DOD Officials, Cybersecurity Accreditation Partners Struggle with the China Question

Officials are also still hammering out conflict-of-interest issues, as watchdogs flag failures in Defense acquisition practices.

Policy

Effort to Develop Open Standards for 5G Moves in Intelligence Authorization Act

The bill cleared committee with one conspicuous hold out over an unsustainable proliferation of government secrets.