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Raytheon, Cyber Security Firm Partner For Government, Critical Infrastructure Markets

Raytheon [RTN] and the cyber security firm Virsec have formed an alliance to provide cyber security solutions to government and critical infrastructure markets. Raytheon on Monday said the partnership combines California-based Virsec’s Trusted Execution security platform with Raytheon’s expertise in defending cyber networks. “Critical infrastructure, from the electrical grid to transportation, is under assault, and […]

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DISA Awards $592 Million For Processor Capacity Chipsets

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded $592 million to three software companies for chipsets to improve its processor capacity services. The new deal includes $277 million for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s [HPE] Itanium chipset, $144 million for AECOM’s [ACM] URS Federal Services’ Z-series chipset and $171 million for ViON Corp.’s System P chipset. DISA’s […]

DISA headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md. Photo: Army.

Key Lawmaker Proposes Ditching DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) would be scrapped under a Department of Defense streamlining bill unveiled April 17 by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry’s proposed “Comprehensive Pentagon Bureaucracy Reform and Reduction Act” would eliminate DISA by Jan. 1, 2021, and transfer its functions to U.S. Cyber Command and […]

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Top White House Cyber Official Resigns

The White House’s top cyber security official is leaving his post with plans to return to the National Security Agency (NSA), the Trump administration said on Monday. Rob Joyce, White House cyber security coordinator, is stepping down from his role on the National Security Council (NSC) less than a week after being named acting homeland security advisor […]

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Russia Targeting US, UK Industry In Global Network Attack Campaign

Russian government actors routinely targeted federal agencies and companies in the U.S. and United Kingdom using compromised network devices to disrupt industry functions and steal intellectual property, according to a Department of Homeland Security alert released Monday. DHS, along with the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), warn U.S. and British businesses […]

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NIST Releases Updated Version Of Cybersecurity Framework

Four years after the releasing a voluntary guide to best practices and standards for strengthening the cyber security posture of public and private organizations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Monday released an updated version of the Cybersecurity Framework that includes updates related to authentication, supply chain security,  self-assessment and vulnerability disclosure. […]

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Polaris Alpha Acquires Fourth Dimension Engineering To Bolster Cyber Capabilities

Polaris Alpha, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, has acquired Fourth Dimension Engineering, adding expertise in hardware design and custom electronic solutions in the cyber arena. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fourth Dimension is located in Columbia, Md., near the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. The company has 79 employees. […]

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Pentagon Creates Software Acquisition Position, New Hire Will Oversee F-35 Upgrades

The Department of Defense has created a new position to oversee its future software strategy, including key elements of F-35 aircraft system upgrades, and has hired a former Air Force cyber operations officer to lead the role. Jeff Boleng, the acting chief technology officer with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, will begin his tenure […]

Cyber operations panel at the 2018 Sea, Air, Space conference. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Industry Input Needed For Navy, Marine Corps Push For Tactical Cyber Operations

The sea services’ continued push of cyber activities to the tactical edge will require industry partners to deliver more resilient capabilities for offensive and training operations, according to military officials. Cyber leadership from the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard detailed plans to expand the roles of their cyber forces and information warfare platforms, […]

Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

DHS, CYBERCOM Leadership: Improved Coordination, Faster Authorities Needed To Combat Threats

Current and former Cyber Command and Department of Homeland Security leadership told lawmakers Wednesday that Congressional action is needed to improve interagency cyber strategy coordination and speed up authorities to thwart future threats. Witnesses at hearings with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and its emerging technologies subcommittee cited a lack of a common operating […]