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NIST Awards New Pilot Projects For Trusted Identities

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Thursday awarded more than $15 million in new grants to six organizations to foster more secure online access to government and healthcare services as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The awardees will pilot different online credentials to allow users to […]

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DHS Rapidly Adding Agencies To EINSTEIN 3A Coverage, Official Says

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is about two-thirds of the way to meeting its December deadline of providing large federal departments and agencies with a cyber security system that uses classified indicators to detect and block network intrusions, a department official said on Wednesday. DHS is adding agencies at a “really rapid rate” under […]

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Federal CIO Wants Culture Of Continuous IT Upgrades Across Government

Departments and agencies across the federal government need to adopt a “philosophy” of continuously upgrading and modernizing their information technology (IT) systems and networks to improve security, lower costs and improve efficiency and productivity, Tony Scott, the United States Chief Information Officer (CIO), said on Wednesday. This continuous upgrade and replacement culture is “in keeping […]

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Arctic Slope To Acquire Vistronix In Deal To Expand Intel Footprint

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire national security solutions provider Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions in a deal that will expand its federal customer base. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vistronix is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Enlightenment Capital. Vistronix’ key capabilities are […]

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Johnson Discusses Cyber Security With Election Officials

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday hosted a call with national election officials to discuss the cyber security of the election infrastructure and to offer his department’s help in managing risks to voting systems. The call with members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and other Chief Election Officials follows disclosures […]

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ManTech Nabs $110 Million In New DHS Cyber Security Task Orders

ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday said it has received two task orders potentially worth $110 million in total for federal civilian cyber security efforts under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. The largest task order, worth $85 million over two years, is called Privileged Access Management (PRIVMGMNT) and was […]

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Following DNC Hack, Dems Urge DHS To Declare Election Systems As Critical Infrastructure

In the wake of cyber security breaches of two Democratic committees ahead of national elections in November, two Democrats in Congress are urging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to determine that the nation’s election systems are critical infrastructure. “Election security is critical and a cyber attack by foreign actors on our election systems could compromise […]

Intel chief James Clapper: Presidential campaigns under cyber attack

Cyber Top Issue For Next President, DNI Clapper Says

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper said July 28 that the top three issues he would brief the next president-elect on are cyber threats, the Islamic State and Russia. The cyber aspect would include capabilities of both nation states and non-nation states, Clapper said in response to a question at the Aspen Security Forum […]

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Belcan Acquires Intercom Consulting

Engineering consulting firm Belcan, LLC, on Wednesday said it has acquired federal information technology services firm Intercom Consulting & Federal Systems to give it more capabilities to provide services to its global customer base. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Belcan, a portfolio company of the private equity firm AE Industrial Partners, said the […]

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. White House photo by Pete Souza

Obama Lays Out Policy For Federal Response To Major Cyber Incidents

President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a new policy directive that specifies how the federal government will respond to significant cyber security incidents against government and private networks with differing roles for the Departments of Justice (DoJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) based on the type […]