Archive: Cyber

Private Sector Beginning To Protect Their Supply Chains, Evanina Says

Nation state actors are increasingly targeting cyber vulnerabilities of supply chains but the private sector is also waking up to the threat and taking steps to protect their supply chains, a senior intelligence official said on Tuesday. Foreign countries are “being less inhibited and being more aggressive to attacking our supply chain,” William “Bill” Evanina, […]

Thales, Verint Team On Cyber Threat Intelligence

France’s Thales Group and U.S.-based Verint Systems [VRNT] on Monday said they have formed a strategic partnership to provide comprehensive cyber threat intelligence services. The partnership aims to provide services across a spectrum of threats, espionage, information warfare, and cybercrime, the companies said. “Verint’s cyber security and threat intelligence offerings complement ours, bringing an additional […]

Northrop Grumman To Build Cyber Command’s First Warfighting Platform

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a $54.6 million contract to build U.S. Cyber Command’s first joint warfighting platform, the company said Monday. The Air Force, working as the acquisition lead, has tasked Northrop Grumman with building Unified Platform, which will serve as a weapons-system like capability to integrate Cyber Command’s offensive, defensive and command and […]

Microsoft Bidding For Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Microsoft [MSFT] has submitted a bid for the Pentagon’s massive cloud computing project, the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, the company said on Oct 26. Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, made the announcement in a blog post defending the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon amid growing concern from big tech employees regarding […]

Lead Official Details Mission Of Pentagon’s New AI Center

A lead official for the Pentagon’s artificial intelligence center offered details Wednesday on the new office’s initial mission to operationalize new capabilities to assist with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Brendan McCord, chief architect of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told attendees at a Nvidia [NVDA] conference the new office’s […]

Pentagon Spending $34 Million To Expand Ethical Hacking Program

The Department of Defense is expanding its bug bounty program, awarding $34 million in contracts to three companies, as the department looks to task ethical hackers with finding vulnerabilities beyond public facing domains. DoD’s Defense Digital Service (DDS) has tasked cyber security companies HackerOne, Bugcrowd and Synack with running programs through 2021 to pay hackers […]

Lawmakers Call For DoD IG Investigation Into $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Two Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee are requesting the Pentagon inspector general investigate the department’s proposal process for the controversial $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday to the DoD IG expressing concerns that the Department of Defense remains committed […]

Applied Insight Acquires Mission IT Firm Organizational Strategies

Applied Insight, which provides information technology (IT) services to federal government customers, on Monday, said it has acquired Organizational Strategies Inc. in a deal aimed at furthering its strategy of becoming a mid-market provider of government services. Terms of the deal for OSI were not disclosed. OSI has about 100 employees and Applied Insight 400. […]

National Guard Officials Ready Midterm Election Security Response, Call For Improved DHS Assistance

Top National Guard officials say their cyber components have improved capabilities for incident response since the 2016 election, but have not received calls to assist with active election security support efforts ahead of the upcoming November midterms. Maj. Gen. Michael Stone and Col. Kenneth Donnelly, of the Michigan and Louisiana National Guards, respectively, told attendees […]

Security Agencies Warn Of Foreign Influence Campaigns

Institutions of democracy in America continue to be threatened by foreign influence campaigns led by Russia, China, Iran and others, U.S. departments and agencies warned in a joint statement last Friday. “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public […]