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Fidelis, PacStar Launch Joint Cyber Security Platform For DoD Network Defense Operations

Information technology companies Fidelis Cybersecurity and PacStar have launched a joint tactical cyber solution platform aimed at improving Department of Defense network threat response capabilities. The two companies will demonstrate the new PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System for the first time next week at the AFCEA West conference in San Diego. The platform is designed […]

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DOT&E Report: DoD Networks Remain Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

Department of Defense networks and weapon systems remain vulnerable to adversarial cyber attacks and programs, such as the Joint Regional Security Stacks and Cyber Protection Teams, and aren’t meeting expectations, according to a new office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report published Jan. 25. The new DOT&E report, which collects testing assessments […]

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GAO Adds Security Clearance Process To ‘High-Risk’ List

Following concerns of extensive backlogs, lagging reform efforts and now IT systems vulnerabilities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added the federal security clearance process to its list of “high-risk” programs in need of immediate improvement. The next update to the GAO’s high-risk list is scheduled for early 2019, but the agency made the new […]


FERC Implementing New Cyber Security Regulations For Electrical Grid Supply Chain

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is implementing new security standards for the energy sector intended to improve the cyber resiliency of the electrical grid supply chain. Guidelines for the new cyber risk management framework were posted Thursday, and FERC has proposed moving up the deadline to implement the new security requirements by six months to […]

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Lawmakers Ask Tech CEOs To Explain Embargo On Disclosing ‘Meltdown’ And ‘Spectre’ Cyber Vulnerabilities

House technology committee leadership called on officials at the top IT companies in the U.S. to explain their collective decision to impose an embargo on disclosing information related to two serious cyber security vulnerabilities affecting their processors. The CEOs of seven major technology companies are asked to describe the decision-making process behind withholding a public […]


World Economic Forum Announces New Global Centre For Cybersecurity

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking the next step after listing cyber security as one of its top global risks for 2018 with the launch of a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity in the Spring. The new center, announced Wednesday at the WEF’s annual forum in Davos, Switzerland, will be based in Geneva and […]

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Mattis: DoD Needs Cyber Reorganization, Defined Role For Protecting The Domain

The Department of Defense will undergo a continued reorganization of its cyber posts as it aims to better protect against broadening attacks to the domain, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Following the release of an unclassified summary of the Pentagon’s new classified National Defense Strategy (Defense Daily, Jan. 19), Mattis discussed DoD’s effort to […]

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GAO Report: DoD Needs To Address New Aircraft Tracking System’s Cyber Risks

Department of Defense officials have yet to address known cyber security risks associated with a military aircraft tracking tool and have only two years before the system must be fully integrated, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report  published Jan. 18. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out tracking tool, part of a Federal Aviation […]


GAO Rejects Leidos Protest Of DHS Biometric Database Award To Northrop Grumman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last Thursday rejected a protest by Leidos [LDOS] of a contract awarded late last September to Northrop Grumman [NOC] to build out a new multimodal biometric database and identity management system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The GAO’s decision frees up DHS to lift a stop work order […]


House Panel Urges Manufacturing Officials To Update IoT Cyber Security Standards

A House panel urged manufacturing industry partners on Thursday to assist federal agencies with developing improved security standards for internet connected devices to fend off future cyber attacks. Witnesses at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing discussed pressing needs to update cyber security practices at manufacturing plants and […]