Archive: Cyber


Democratic Task Force Seeks $400 Million For State Elections Security

Leaders of a House Democratic task force that has warned the nation’s elections infrastructure is susceptible to potential cyber breaches have asked the House Appropriations Committee to provide $400 million for states to better secure their election systems. “Our findings demonstrate that there is an urgent need for federal funding to help states secure their […]

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MetTel To Leverage Raytheon Cyber Capabilities Under New Partnership

Telecommunications company MetTel has formed a partnership with Raytheon [RTN] to leverage its cyber security capabilities for commercial and government projects, including work on a $50 billion General Services Administration (GSA) contract. Under the alliance, announced Tuesday, MetTel will utilize Raytheon’s Automated Threat Intelligence Platform detection system and the company’s advanced managed security services for […]

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White House Releases Charter Detailing Software Vulnerability Disclosure Process

The White House released a new charter Wednesday detailing the previously classified process federal agencies must use in deciding whether to disclose known software vulnerabilities to the public or use as leverage against potential cyber adversaries. The National Security Council (NSC) will oversee the updated Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) and determine if the release of […]

NSA Cyber Lead Jonathan Darby addresses the State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council's annual briefing. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

NSA To Share More Unclassified Information On Cyber Threats To Build Industry Partnerships

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to increase its capacity for sharing unclassified information on potential network vulnerabilities with industry as it hopes to combat increasing adversarial cyber threats. Public-private partnerships remain a critical piece for NSA cyber operations as analysts gather information on attacks aimed increasingly at both federal and industry networks, according […]

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Industry Reps Say DHS Can Improve Quality, Timeliness Of Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Private sector participation remains limited in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) automated cyber threat information sharing program due to a lack of timeliness in the sharing of the threat indicators with the government and because the information doesn’t contain adequate context, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. For companies, it comes down […]

Panel on cloud migration at the Defense Systems Summit. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DoD IT Officials Urge Senior Leadership To Set Automation, Application Cloud Migration Priorities

Department of Defense information technology (IT) officials are urging senior leadership to prioritize acquisition efforts needed to speed up the integration of network automation capabilities and the migration of critical applications to the cloud. Panelists at Tuesday’s Defense Systems summit called on DoD and its industry partners to re-focus the cloud computing conversation on data […]

Air Force Major General Sarah Zabel, Director of IT Acquisition Process Development. Photo: Department of Defense.

Air Force Focusing IT Acquisition On Agile Software Development, Open Mission Systems

The Air Force’s information technology acquisition director is using her experience as the former vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency to alter the Air Force’s approach to meet system operational needs that currently lag behind growing cyber threats. Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel sees her service’s transition to a procurement model focused on agile […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

Kaspersky Products On Systems Of 15 Percent Of Federal Civilian Agencies, DHS Official Says

Preliminary findings of a mandatory review of federal computer networks for the presence of a Russian-made anti-virus software that may actually pose an information security risk show that the products are on computer systems of about 15 percent of civilian agencies, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official disclosed on Tuesday. So far, 94 percent […]

DHS Assistant secretary for the Office of Cyber Security and Communications. Photo: Department of Homeland Security.

DHS Still Pushing For Cyber Protection Office To Improve Information Sharing

In the wake of the recent massive Equifax [EFX] data breach, the Department of Homeland Security hopes to establish a new cyber security and infrastructure protection office to improve information sharing practices with industry. DHS plans on working with the House Homeland Security Committee to move forward legislation intended to bring together existing authorities, held […]


Final Version of NDAA Directs White House, DoD To Update Cyber Strategies

The final version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2018 calls on the White House to develop a national cyber warfare policy and directs the Department of Defense to address lagging information technology (IT) modernization efforts. Conference negotiations on the final version of the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act […]