Archive: Cyber

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GAO Recommends DOD Strengthen Cyber Security Guidelines; Decide On Cyber Command Split

The Department of Defense must improve its monitoring of cyber security guidelines and make a decision regarding the splitting of the current dual-responsibility leadership of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cyber Command, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In it’s report, the GAO recommends the DoD modify its […]

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Senators Introduce Bill To Improve Security Of Internet Of Things

A group of Democratic and Republican senators on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at improving the cyber security of online devices, commonly called the Internet of Things (IoT). The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 directs that the vendors that supply the federal government with IOT devices must ensure they can be patched, don’t […]

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House Committee Calls On Federal Agencies For All Documents On Kaspersky

A House committee is cracking down on the use of anti-virus software supplied by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs, with a letter sent out to 22 agencies calling for all information regarding any possible use of the company’s products, which is expected of potential ties to the Kremlin House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman […]

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Cyber Attacks Disrupting U.S. Government and Businesses To Increase Over Next Six Months, According To Report

Threats to the cyber domain, in line with the recent WannaCry and NotPetya malware attacks, are anticipated to grow over the next six months as state-sponsored and rogue actors continue expanding their capabilities to disrupt businesses and undermine governmental institutions with increasingly accessible tools, according to a report by Accenture Security’s iDefense unit released Tuesday. […]

Panel of Armed Forces cyber leaders at AUSA's Army Networks event. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Cyber Leaders Stress Culture Change, Interoperability Needed To Protect Armed Forces’ Networks

Across the Armed Forces, a widespread cultural change from an information technology (IT)-focused to a more operational-based approach is needed to effectively handle increasing threats in the cyber domain, according to a panel of cyber commanders speaking at an Association of the United States Army event on Thursday. Leaders from the Army, Navy and Air […]

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce speaking at a USTelecom association event on July 19. Photo: Calvin Biesecker

Amid State Department Restructuring, Joyce ‘Confident’ In Commitment To Cyber Engagement

Amid reports that the State Department might either merge or shut down its office that is focused on international negotiations around cyber security, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce on Wednesday said he is “confident” that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson won’t degrade his department’s capabilities in this area. Joyce told reporters that as he […]

An upgraded Coyote Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flies over the Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. during a January demonstration flight. Photo: NOAA.

Leonardo Joins Army Effort To Defeat Small Enemy Drones

The Army awarded Leonardo DRS a $16 million contract to fill an urgent operational need for systems that can detect and destroy enemy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Leonardo has teamed with Moog Inc. [MOG.A, MOG.B] to provide the counter-UAS capability, which the Army has identified as a critical capability gap against current enemies like Islamic […]

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House Intel Bill Wants Report On Foreign Cyber Threats To U.S. Elections

The House Intelligence Committee last Thursday approved a bill directing the Director of National Intelligence to publish on line a report on foreign counterintelligence and cyber security threats to elections for federal offices. The report will include a description of the counterintelligence and cyber efforts against federal elections, best practices that campaigns and use to […]