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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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Industry Officials Laud Benefits Of DHS Cyber Security Program

Despite delays in the rollout of a cyber security program that is meant to provide greater visibility and security of federal networks, so far the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is making progress, industry officials told a House panel on Wednesday. The initial phase of the CDM program began in Jan. 2013 with tools […]

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Booz Allen Hamilton Receives $165 Million Deal To Support Cyber Command

Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] has received a five-year, $165 million contract to provide support services to U.S. Cyber Command. Under the deal, Booz Allen will assist Cyber Command with planning and policy support, as well as training and command administrative assistance. “Today, the tools and technology needed to carry out a large-scale cyber-attack are getting […]

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Commerce Agency, Energy Sector Collaborating On Cyber Protections

A Commerce Department agency, energy sector and technology providers are partnering in a new initiative aimed at finding solutions for protecting critical assets used in the generation, transmission and distribution of power. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), part of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, has initiated a new project, Energy Sector Asset […]