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Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

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Amazon Launches Cloud Service Platform For Intelligence Community’s Classified Data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new cloud computing platform catered toward the Intelligence Community’s (IC) need for transferring data designated at the “Secret” level. The new AWS Secret Region, announced Monday, is available to IC partners through Amazon’s [AMZN] current Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract and allows for high-priority security of classified information. […]

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GSA Picks 61 Companies For Potential $50 Billion IT Contract Vehicle

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Monday awarded its new government wide acquisition contract vehicle, selecting 61 companies to compete for up to $50 billion in customized information technology (IT) services and solutions for various departments and agencies. The Alliant 2 unrestricted contract vehicle follows up the current Alliant vehicle, which allows departments and agencies […]

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Forcepoint Report: Industry Must Address Data Privacy Debate, New Malware Threats In 2018

Industry has to improve critical data security measures in 2018 to meet growing malware threats and more stringent privacy control regulations, according to a Forcepoint report released Monday. The Raytheon [RTN] owned information security company released its annual list of pending security trends, and believes the European Union’s impending implementation of new data control regulations […]

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Democratic Task Force Seeks $400 Million For State Elections Security

Leaders of a House Democratic task force that has warned the nation’s elections infrastructure is susceptible to potential cyber breaches have asked the House Appropriations Committee to provide $400 million for states to better secure their election systems. “Our findings demonstrate that there is an urgent need for federal funding to help states secure their […]

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MetTel To Leverage Raytheon Cyber Capabilities Under New Partnership

Telecommunications company MetTel has formed a partnership with Raytheon [RTN] to leverage its cyber security capabilities for commercial and government projects, including work on a $50 billion General Services Administration (GSA) contract. Under the alliance, announced Tuesday, MetTel will utilize Raytheon’s Automated Threat Intelligence Platform detection system and the company’s advanced managed security services for […]

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White House Releases Charter Detailing Software Vulnerability Disclosure Process

The White House released a new charter Wednesday detailing the previously classified process federal agencies must use in deciding whether to disclose known software vulnerabilities to the public or use as leverage against potential cyber adversaries. The National Security Council (NSC) will oversee the updated Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) and determine if the release of […]

NSA Cyber Lead Jonathan Darby addresses the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council's annual briefing. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

NSA To Share More Unclassified Information On Cyber Threats To Build Industry Partnerships

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to increase its capacity for sharing unclassified information on potential network vulnerabilities with industry as it hopes to combat increasing adversarial cyber threats. Public-private partnerships remain a critical piece for NSA cyber operations as analysts gather information on attacks aimed increasingly at both federal and industry networks, according […]

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Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. For companies, it comes down […]

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DoD IT Officials Urge Senior Leadership To Set Automation, Application Cloud Migration Priorities

Department of Defense information technology (IT) officials are urging senior leadership to prioritize acquisition efforts needed to speed up the integration of network automation capabilities and the migration of critical applications to the cloud. Panelists at Tuesday’s Defense Systems summit called on DoD and its industry partners to re-focus the cloud computing conversation on data […]