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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 […]

John Hale, chief of DISA's cloud portfolio

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 […]

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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 […]

Customs and Border Protection is implementing facial recognition checks for travelers departing the U.S. by air. Photo: CBP

TSA Issues Biometric Roadmap To Enhance Security, Improve Traveler Experience

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Monday issued its first roadmap for the adoption of biometric technologies to strengthen aviation security while improving the passenger experience at airports and, like its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it plans to focus on facial recognition technology. The roadmap puts forth four goals for the biometric […]

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DHS Has No Evidence Chinese Microchips Used To Compromise Supply Chain, Nielsen Says

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate panel on Wednesday that her department doesn’t have any evidence supporting a media report last week that computer servers supplied by California-based Super Micro Computer, Inc. contain microchips inserted by Chinese suppliers that can be used to spy on networks using the servers. Companies that allegedly have […]

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GAO Warns Of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities In Weapon Systems

The Defense Department is in the stages of improving the cyber security of the weapon systems it develops and the vulnerabilities of these systems are made worse due to their complexity, warns a new report by congressional auditors. The potential risks from these vulnerabilities are huge. “These weapons are essential to maintaining our nation’s military […]

Christopher Krebs, Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS. Krebs would lead the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Senate Passes Bill To Operationalize DHS Cyber Protection Agency

The Senate Wednesday evening passed a bill to operationalize the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber security unit as the agency looks to continue improving election security and critical infrastructure protection efforts against growing cyber threats. The bill renames DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and […]

Ethical hackers participate in the Hack the Marine Corps bug bounty program. Photo: HackerOne.

Marine Corps Ethical Hacking Program Discovers 150 Network Security Flaws

Hackers participating in the Pentagon’s latest bug bounty program found 150 unique vulnerabilities in the Marine Corps’ public-facing websites, officials said Wednesday. The Pentagon paid out $150,000 to ethical hackers as part of the Hack the Marine Corps program to find potential areas of exploitation in the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. “Hack the Marine Corps […]

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Navy Awards CSRA $96 Million For Commercial Cloud Services

The Navy on Wednesday awarded CSRA, a General Dynamics [GD] Information Technology subsidiary, a $96 million contract to utilize the company’s commercial cloud services. The one-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) includes four potential one-year follow-up options as the Navy looks to begin implementing its multi-cloud strategy to bring in a range of vendors needed to […]