Archive: Cyber

Congress Approves Changing DHS Directorate Into Cyber Security Agency

The House on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a bill to change the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a name change several years in the making that recognizes the mission and operational role the directorate has in helping to safeguard the nation’s critical […]

After Cyber Breaches, OPM Still Has Open Security Recommendations, GAO Warns

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which suffered cyber intrusions discovered in 2015 that compromised personnel records and files on background investigations of more than 25 million people, has implemented most of the Government Accountability Office’s 80 recommendations to strengthen its security posture but more than a third remain open, the auditing agency says in […]

House Retains Technology Policy Proponents, Senate Loses Dem Cyber Legislators

The mid-term election results are expected to have a key impact on congressional cyber efforts, with the House retaining two of its largest digital policy proponents and the Senate losing two Democrats known for pushing cyber operations and supply chain security reform. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) handily beat Republican Salvatore Caiozzo and, with Democrats reclaiming […]

Army Awards Contracts For Program To Develop New War Gaming Prototypes

The Army has awarded two developments contracts for its program to build new war gaming tools, as the service looks to take greater advantage of commercially available software for battlefield simulations. Matrix Games and a team from the Atlantic Council and Big Parser have been selected for the Prototype Athena program and are tasked with […]

Most DoD Supply Chain Technology Funding Goes To IT Sustainment, Report Says

The Defense Department spent nearly $80 billion on supply chain technology from fiscal years 2014 to 2017 and most of the spending, $57.8 billion, went toward sustaining information technology (IT), according to a recent report by the strategic research and advisory firm Govini. Annually, DoD is spending about $23 billion on supply chain technology with […]

Industry To Inform Single Vs. Multi-Vendor Decision For Pentagon’s $8 Billion DEOS Cloud Program

The Pentagon’s technology support agency is looking for industry to inform its decision on whether its upcoming $8 billion enterprise cloud services contract is a single award or multi-vendor competition, as officials look to expand the program’s offering to civilian agencies. Defense Information Systems Agency officials told reporters Monday that feedback from industry on the […]

Symantec Acquires Firms Offering Enterprise, Mobile Security Capabilities

The cyber security software company Symantec [SYMC] on Monday said it has made two acquisitions that provide it with capabilities to protect enterprises against active directory-based attacks and help secure mobile applications. The acquisition of privately-held Javelin Networks provides Symantec with capability to counter threats to Microsoft Active Directory services, which are an increasingly popular […]

So Far, Shift In Cyber Strategy Has Been Successful, Pentagon Official Says

Less than two months after the Trump administration and Defense Department released new cyber strategies that enable more offensive operations, the results so far are positive, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday. The administration’s new strategy allows the government to “balance and assess risks” and make decisions faster and to “do so at the speed […]

Private Sector Beginning To Protect Their Supply Chains, Evanina Says

Nation state actors are increasingly targeting cyber vulnerabilities of supply chains but the private sector is also waking up to the threat and taking steps to protect their supply chains, a senior intelligence official said on Tuesday. Foreign countries are “being less inhibited and being more aggressive to attacking our supply chain,” William “Bill” Evanina, […]