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Government Bars Contractors From Using Kaspersky Products In Support Of Contracts

The federal government last Friday issued plans to modify contracting regulations to prohibit the use of cyber security software provided by a Russian company by contractors in support of federal programs. The interim rule, issued by the Defense Department, General Services Administration, and NASA, “prohibits contractors from providing any hardware, software, or services developed or […]

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DISA Awards $7.5 Billion In New Systems And Engineering Contracts To 14 Companies

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded $7.5 billion in systems and engineering services contracts to 14 companies, the agency said on Friday. The new Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle is intended to meet flexible technology needs across the Pentagon and deliver near-term, agile solutions, including for network programs and warfighter mobility […]

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Thales Launches First Private Defense Cloud Solution For Land Forces

PARIS–France’s Thales launched the first private defense cloud solution for land forces on Monday, which aims to deliver full connectivity in degraded battlefield environments and is expected to be delivered in 2019. Thales’ unveiled its Nexium Defence Cloud solution at the Eurosatory conference in Paris, where it demonstrated the system’s software-enabled, “all-in-one-box” capability that can […]

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Qualys To Acquire Government Technology Company Second Front

Cloud security firm Qualys, Inc. [QLYS] on Monday said has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Second Front Systems in a deal aimed at helping it better reach federal customers, particularly in defense, intelligence and law enforcement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. If the companies enter into a definitive acquisition agreement, […]

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Pentagon Misses May Deadline For Final JEDI Cloud RFP

The Pentagon has missed its original May deadline to release the request for bids for its controversial multi-billion dollar, single award cloud computing contract. Department of Defense spokesperson Dana White said at a Thursday press conference officials are still working on the final Request for Proposals for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract and that […]

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Latest ‘Hack the Pentagon’ Results Show Flaws In DoD Travel System

The latest edition of the “Hack the Pentagon” bug bounty program uncovered over 100 security vulnerabilities in the Pentagon’s public-facing travel system for department employees, according to results released Thursday by program coordinator HackerOne. The fifth “Hack the Pentagon” event ran through April during which 19 ethical hackers reported ongoing flaws in the Defense Travel […]

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Judge Dismisses Kaspersky Lawsuit Challenging Federal Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed two lawsuits from Russian software company Kaspersky challenging a ban on its products from being used on federal networks. The decision upholds the ban first placed by the Department of Homeland Security last September (Defense Daily, Sept. 13) and also formally included in Congress’ FY ‘18 National Defense Authorization […]

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DHS Planning For New IT Services Procurement

TYSONS CORNER, Va.–The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of planning for a new information technology (IT) services procurement that is different from the current contract, according to the department’s top procurement official. DHS and its components use the multi-billion dollar EAGLE II contract vehicle to purchase a range of IT services from […]

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SASC NDAA Mark Reintroduces Push For DoD Cyber Warfare Policy

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) mark of the latest defense spending bill reintroduces the push for the Pentagon to develop the first ever cyber warfare policy after last year’s version failed to result in a new plan. SASC’s FY ’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mark, approved Thursday by a 25-2 vote, includes provisions […]

Dana Deasy Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, May 07, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt)

Lawmakers Press DoD Officials On Latest ‘F’ Grade For IT Acquisition

House lawmakers pressed Pentagon officials Wednesday on their department’s third consecutive “F” grade on a technology acquisition scorecard pointing to confusion over budget authorities, the slow pace of data center consolidation and a lack of transparency on spending. DoD received failing marks in nearly every category of the latest version of the Federal Information Technology […]