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New DISA Director Rear Adm. Nancy Norton. Photo: Navy.

New DISA Director Nominated

The president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to serve as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander of the Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network. Norton is currently serving as DISA’s vice director, a role she began in August, where she oversees the agency’s effort to build a mobile […]

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Paper-Based Voting Machines, Increased Funding Necessary For Improved Election System Cyber Security

Paperless voting systems, routine audits and increased funding for state and local election officials are essential components needed to ensure the cyber security of voting infrastructure in the face of continued interference in elections, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday. The House Subcommittees on Information Technology (IT) and Intergovernmental Affairs discussed election system […]

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DoD Cyber Officials: Cyber Command Will Need Unified Leadership To Meet Future Objectives

Elevating U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command will be a first step for setting Department of Defense cyber warfare objectives, but establishing unified command leadership will be necessary for enacting effective operational strategies. Panelists at a Tuesday cyber conference discussed future cyber tactics finding success with a joint campaign approach receiving unified directives […]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force CIO Frank Konieczny. Photo: Air Force.

Mission Specific Approach Needed For Increase In Cyber Threats, Widening Attack Vector

The increasing frequency and widening attack vector of cyber warfare threats is forcing military officials to adopt a more mission specific approach to defensive operations rather than attempting to defend entire networks. A greater emphasis on increasing cyber capabilities in the recently passed fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report and a […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist. Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the […]

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McAfee To Acquire Cloud Security Firm Skyhigh Networks

Moving to complement its current cyber security offerings around endpoint protection, McAfee on Monday said it has agreed to acquire Skyhigh Networks, a leader in software technology that helps provides security between an organization’s on-premise infrastructure and a cloud infrastructure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both companies are privately owned. “Skyhigh is an […]

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Senate Appropriators Direct DHS Accelerate Program To Protect Federal Networks

Senate appropriators are proposing a slight increase in overall operations and procurement accounts for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber security efforts, including additional funds to accelerate a program that protects helps protect the networks of federal civilian departments and agencies. The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) is recommending $992.6 million for operations and support, […]

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Amazon Launches Cloud Service Platform For Intelligence Community’s Classified Data

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new cloud computing platform catered toward the Intelligence Community’s (IC) need for transferring data designated at the “Secret” level. The new AWS Secret Region, announced Monday, is available to IC partners through Amazon’s [AMZN] current Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract and allows for high-priority security of classified information. […]

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GSA Picks 61 Companies For Potential $50 Billion IT Contract Vehicle

The General Services Administration (GSA) on Monday awarded its new government wide acquisition contract vehicle, selecting 61 companies to compete for up to $50 billion in customized information technology (IT) services and solutions for various departments and agencies. The Alliant 2 unrestricted contract vehicle follows up the current Alliant vehicle, which allows departments and agencies […]

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Forcepoint Report: Industry Must Address Data Privacy Debate, New Malware Threats In 2018

Industry has to improve critical data security measures in 2018 to meet growing malware threats and more stringent privacy control regulations, according to a Forcepoint report released Monday. The Raytheon [RTN] owned information security company released its annual list of pending security trends, and believes the European Union’s impending implementation of new data control regulations […]