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Gemalto offers customers a wide variety of document security features. Image: Gemalto

Thales To Acquire Gemalto In Acceleration Of Digital Security Strategy

France’s Thales on Sunday said it has agreed to acquire Gemalto, a provider of a range of digital security solutions and capabilities, in a $5.7 billion deal to accelerate its strategy around digital technologies and data security. Thales beat out France-based Atos, a European information technology services provider, which previously made an unsolicited $5.1 billion […]

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White House Releases Final IT Modernization Report, Removes Provision To Halt Planned Legacy Acquisitions

The White House has released the final version of its strategic plan for modernizing federal information technology (IT), and has removed an earlier provision to halt all upcoming procurements related to legacy systems. The administration’s Office of American Innovation report details plans to leverage cloud computing systems, update the IT acquisition process and implement strategies […]

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, chief of U.S. Special Operations Command

SOCOM Chief: Offensive Cyber Hindered By Slow Acquisition, Outdated Policy

Offensive cyber operations could be a powerful weapon for U.S. Special Operations Command and the conventional services, but its potential is hindered by outdated policy and sluggish acquisition, according to SOCOM chief Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas. “We have the technology. We just have to embrace it as an essential weapon in our arsenal,” he said […]

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FireEye Report: Industry To Face Cloud-Based Cyber Attacks, New Nation-State Threats

Nation-state adversaries and cyber actors are preparing new cyber capabilities to steal critical data held in the cloud, according to FireEye’s [FEYE] latest security predictions for 2018. FireEye released its cyber predictions report Dec, 7, and the cyber security company sees new tools used to expose vulnerabilities in cloud computing services and state-sponsored threat activities […]

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DoE Officials Pushing Industry Partnerships To Combat Critical Infrastructure Cyber Threats

The Department of Energy is placing an increased emphasis on public-private partnerships to combat future cybers threats to critical infrastructure operational technology (OT), according to written testimony from a department official to a House energy panel. A House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee hearing on Friday to examine the DoE’s role in establishing cyber security […]

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NIST Adds Self-Assessment, IT Supply Chain Standards To New Cyber Security Framework Draft

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an update to the draft of its cyber standards framework meeting industry requests for security self-assessment standards and directives for managing IT supply chain risks. Version 1.1 of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework was released Tuesday with revisions included from comments the agency solicited during a January […]

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

House Science Panel Chairman Asks DHS To Provide Documents Related To Kaspersky Ban

A House science panel is requesting the Department of Homeland Security provide all documents related to its directive for all federal agencies departments to remove Kaspersky Lab software products from their systems, following concerns on the Russian-based company’s alleged ties to the Kremlin. Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) […]

Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate Jeanette Manfra at the Symantec Government Symposium. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DHS, IC Setting New Priorities For Information Sharing Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security and Intelligence Community officials are working to tailor information sharing expectations with industry in the hopes of prioritizing data protection efforts to thwart future cyber threats. Solidifying private sector partnerships to scale up sharing of data priorities and building threat intelligence confidence with internet service providers (ISPs) and cyber security industry […]

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DISA To Hold Cloud Adoption Workshop For Mission Partners

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is holding a symposium Dec. 12 at its Fort Meade, Md., headquarters for Department of Defense mission partners to improve their cloud computing adoption efforts. The training workshop follows a September directive from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan for the department to move toward rapid enterprise-wide cloud adoption. […]

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DISA Seeking Industry Input For New DoD Cyber Threat Sharing Platform

The Department of Defense’s information technology agency is seeking industry input on capabilities necessary to build its cyber threat sharing platform. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released its Request for Information (RFI) on Wednesday to assess how to approach to impending acquisition process for its new Cyber Threat Sharing Indicator Platform. Responses to the […]