Archive: Cyber

Microsoft Bidding For Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Microsoft [MSFT] has submitted a bid for the Pentagon’s massive cloud computing project, the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, the company said on Oct 26. Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, made the announcement in a blog post defending the company’s decision to work with the Pentagon amid growing concern from big tech employees regarding […]

Lead Official Details Mission Of Pentagon’s New AI Center

A lead official for the Pentagon’s artificial intelligence center offered details Wednesday on the new office’s initial mission to operationalize new capabilities to assist with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Brendan McCord, chief architect of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told attendees at a Nvidia [NVDA] conference the new office’s […]

Pentagon Spending $34 Million To Expand Ethical Hacking Program

The Department of Defense is expanding its bug bounty program, awarding $34 million in contracts to three companies, as the department looks to task ethical hackers with finding vulnerabilities beyond public facing domains. DoD’s Defense Digital Service (DDS) has tasked cyber security companies HackerOne, Bugcrowd and Synack with running programs through 2021 to pay hackers […]

Lawmakers Call For DoD IG Investigation Into $10 Billion JEDI Cloud Contract

Two Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee are requesting the Pentagon inspector general investigate the department’s proposal process for the controversial $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday to the DoD IG expressing concerns that the Department of Defense remains committed […]

Applied Insight Acquires Mission IT Firm Organizational Strategies

Applied Insight, which provides information technology (IT) services to federal government customers, on Monday, said it has acquired Organizational Strategies Inc. in a deal aimed at furthering its strategy of becoming a mid-market provider of government services. Terms of the deal for OSI were not disclosed. OSI has about 100 employees and Applied Insight 400. […]

National Guard Officials Ready Midterm Election Security Response, Call For Improved DHS Assistance

Top National Guard officials say their cyber components have improved capabilities for incident response since the 2016 election, but have not received calls to assist with active election security support efforts ahead of the upcoming November midterms. Maj. Gen. Michael Stone and Col. Kenneth Donnelly, of the Michigan and Louisiana National Guards, respectively, told attendees […]

Security Agencies Warn Of Foreign Influence Campaigns

Institutions of democracy in America continue to be threatened by foreign influence campaigns led by Russia, China, Iran and others, U.S. departments and agencies warned in a joint statement last Friday. “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public […]

Pentagon To Release New Cloud Computing Strategy In Coming Months

The Pentagon is expected to release its new cloud computing strategy within the next two months detailing how officials plan to integrate its multiple ongoing major cloud computing efforts, including the imminent $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a top department technology official said Thursday. John Hale, chief of the Defense Information Systems […]

Navy Releases RFP For NGEN-R SMIT

The Navy released the final Service, Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) Request for Proposals (RFP) on Thursday under the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R). SMIT is one of the two components in the NGEN-R, the follow-on to the Navy’s current enterprise-wide information technology services contract vehicle, NGEN. NGEN provides IT services to the […]

BAE Systems Demonstrates Secure Geospatial Intelligence Tool For Potential DoD, IC Customers

BAE Systems said Tuesday it completed a successful demonstration of its latest software to seamlessly share data from its geospatial intelligence platform at military cyber secure levels, amid growing interest from the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community. Company officials tested the XTS Guard 5 information sharing software for its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) earlier this […]