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Senate Bill Directs DoD To Define Information Operations Efforts, Software Needs

The Senate’s recently passed defense authorization bill calls on the secretary of Defense to prioritize cyber resiliency efforts across the department with a task force to establish an information operations campaign and directives to assess software and technological capabilities. Several amendments added to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal […]

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

Cyber Command, NSA Split Still Being Worked, Rogers Says

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Adm. Mike Rogers reiterated the need for a potential split of his dual-hat leadership role to meet new operational challenges in commanding cyber operations, while pushing for greater discussion with Department of Defense private sector partners on shoring up responsibilities for […]

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Senate Defense Bill Establishes Cyber Warfare Policy; Includes Federal IT Modernization Plan

The Senate Monday night passed its nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill, which will establish the first-ever cyber warfare policy, including the use of offensive digital weapons, and stipulates a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization plan. The Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 passed with an 89-8 vote. The NDAA […]

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

IT Modernization Legislation To Be Added To Senate Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate is planning on integrating a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization bill into the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill it is currently considering, according to Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas). Hurd, speaking at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit on Wednesday, announced that the bill aimed at modernizing infrastructure across the federal government would […]

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Industry Reps Push Cloud Computing, Declassification To Fix Information Sharing With Government

The biggest challenge to securing the cyber resiliency of federal government network systems remains an over-classified, ineffective approach to information sharing, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a homeland security summit Tuesday. Two panels at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference urged federal agency officials to work at reducing the time frame for […]

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Senators Seek Answers From Equifax On Data Breach

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee last Friday sent a letter to Equifax [EFX] regarding a data breach that the credit reporting agency disclosed last Thursday that affected personal information on 143 million Americans. “Protecting consumers has been and will remain a key priority of this Committee,” Sens. […]

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Army Enlists IBM’s Watson To Streamline Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance

In renewing its deal with IBM [IBM] for could computing services, the Army plans to enlist the company’s Watson artificial intelligence to gather and analyze data directly from combat vehicles and use the information to streamline maintenance schedules. A continuation of the Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), the $135 million contract represents a 33-month extension […]

Directors of the the U.S.'s national intelligence organizations speak at an AFCEA INSA national intelligence summit panel on Sept. 7. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

FBI, NSA Directors Push Reauthorization of FISA Section 702, Elimination of Insider Threats

The directors of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI affirmed their support for a foreign surveillance provision that allows for the targeted collection of information on non-U.S. citizens located outside of the country and both pledged a common goal to eliminate insider threats in their organizations at a national intelligence summit on Thursday. […]

Cyber readiness panel at AFCEA INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DoD, IC Officials Push Predictive Analysis And Insider Threat Policies To Protect Cyber Domain

The cyber resiliency of Department of Defense and intelligence community (IC) networks moving forward rests on re-organizing background checks for intelligence agents in order to eliminate the potential for insider threats, and creating effective policy to promote public-private partnerships to develop predictive analysis for potential threats to the domain, according to government and industry officials […]