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DoD Receives ‘D’ Grade On Latest IT Scorecard, Agencies Improve Overall Performance

The Pentagon no longer has a failing grade for technology acquisition, by a slim margin, receiving a “D+” on the latest version of a congressional scorecard that showed overall improvement across federal agencies in software licensing management and cost savings from data center consolidation. DoD’s latest grade on the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act […]

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Pentagon Tech Leaders Offer Details To House Panel On New AI Center’s Mission

Top Pentagon technology officials told a House armed services panel Tuesday the department’s new artificial intelligence center is open and focused on scaling up current commercial  and military capabilities needed to spur big data projects and match increasingly massive AI investments from peer competitors. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee pressed Dana Deasy, […]

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House Panel Finds Massive Equifax Breach Was ‘Entirely Preventable’

A new report from House Oversight Committee says the massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, which affected 148 million Americans, was “entirely preventable” and new reforms are required to better protect consumer information. The report, released on Monday, says the Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) failed to fully patch its systems after discovering a software flaw and […]

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DoD Proposes Rule To Eliminate Lowest Price Technically Acceptable For IT Acquisition

The Pentagon is looking to implement a new procurement rule that would block contracting officers from prioritizing the lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) when considering IT purchases, the department said in a Tuesday Federal Register notice. The potential rule change would follow through on provisions included in the last two defense authorization bills urging the […]

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske.

TSA Releases Cyber Security Roadmap To Guide Efforts To Protect IT, Transportation Systems

On the heels of a new national cyber security strategy, the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday released its own roadmap for protecting its information technology (IT) and the transportation system from cyber threats. The TSA Cybersecurity Roadmap “defines clear pathways to integrate and improve the TSA’s cybersecurity posture, safeguard the nation’s transportation systems, and build […]

Andy Green, president of Huntington Ingall Industries' Technical Solutions division. Photo: HII

Huntington Ingalls Acquires Cyber Security Firm G2 To Expand Services Business

Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] on Monday said it has acquired the cyber security firm G2 Inc., which will be part of the company’s Technical Solutions division that was stood up in late 2016 following the acquisition of government services provider Camber Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. G2 has about 130 employees, most of […]

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Leidos Nabs $100 Million Award To Provide Cyber Security Services To Commerce Department

Leidos [LDOS] on Wednesday said it has received a potential $100 million task order from the Department of Commerce to provide cyber and enterprise security operations for the department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the department that does scientific research focused on the environment. Under the task order, which […]

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DARPA Taps BAE Systems To Develop AI For Improved Radio Frequency Signal Detection

DARPA has selected BAE Systems for a three-year program to develop new artificial intelligence algorithms for rapidly deciphering unique radio frequency signals, the company said on Tuesday. BAE Systems received a $9.2 million deal for the Radio Frequency Machine Learning System (RFMLS) where it’s tasked with building on existing machine learning work to find new […]

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), outgoing chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

McCaul Sees Bipartisan Cyber Effort In Next Congress For Grid Security, New International Norms

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the outgoing chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and likely top Republican on the next Foreign Affairs Committee, said he will look to push for electrical grid security reforms and the formation of an international cyber doctrine in the face of growing threats from nation-state actors. McCaul told attendees at […]

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Russian Hackers May Be Targeting U.S. Military, Defense Contractors In Phishing Campaign, FireEye Says

The U.S. military, defense contractors, government agencies, think tanks, the media and others are being targeted in wave of spear phishing emails potentially launched by a Russian hacker group, researchers with the cyber security firm FireEye [FEYE] say in a new blog post. FireEye detected the spear phishing on Nov. 20, saying the activity is […]