Archive: IT


Kaspersky Files Appeal To DHS Ban In Federal Court

Moscow-based software company Kaspersky Lab filed an appeal in federal court Monday challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s directive for federal agencies to remove its products from their networks. Kaspersky’s lawsuit asserts a lack of due process in banning its products from government use and refutes DHS’ allegations of the company’s ties to Kremlin intelligence […]

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New White House National Security Strategy Calls For Risk-Informed Responses To Cyber Threats

The White House’s new national security strategy calls for adopting a risk-informed approach to cyber responses needed to address new domain threats from nation-state adversaries, including Russia and China, and protect critical infrastructure from coordinated attacks. President Trump delivered a speech Monday following the release of his administration’s strategy and cited the need for a […]

Gemalto offers customers a wide variety of document security features. Image: Gemalto

Thales To Acquire Gemalto In Acceleration Of Digital Security Strategy

France’s Thales on Sunday said it has agreed to acquire Gemalto, a provider of a range of digital security solutions and capabilities, in a $5.7 billion deal to accelerate its strategy around digital technologies and data security. Thales beat out France-based Atos, a European information technology services provider, which previously made an unsolicited $5.1 billion […]

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White House Releases Final IT Modernization Report, Removes Provision To Halt Planned Legacy Acquisitions

The White House has released the final version of its strategic plan for modernizing federal information technology (IT), and has removed an earlier provision to halt all upcoming procurements related to legacy systems. The administration’s Office of American Innovation report details plans to leverage cloud computing systems, update the IT acquisition process and implement strategies […]

Commanding General of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence Maj. Gen. John Morrison. Photo: Army.

Army Pursuing Rapid Prototyping Of Integrated Electronic Warfare-Cyber Capabilities In FY 18

As the Army begins moving its electronic warfare (EW) components over to its cyber branch, officials are shifting focus to rapid prototyping of integrated tools meant to enhance the capabilities of its maneuver commanders and cross-functional teams. Army officials see FY ‘18 as an important year for developing tools that remove stovepiped requirements for EW […]

Col. William Hartman, deputy commander of Army Cyber Command’s Joint Force Headquarters.  Photo: Army.

Army Cyber-Electromagnetic Spectrum Program Needs Industry Engagement, Training Center Testing

The Army is seeking further engagement with industry and more opportunities to test new equipment at combat training centers as it moves ahead with its pilot program to integrate cyber and electromagnetic capabilities. The cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) initiative aims to improve training environments for offensive kits and cyber resilient capabilities to combat rapidly changing […]

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DHS Official Praises House Passage of Infrastructure Cyber Security Reorganization Bill

The Department of Homeland Security’s lead infrastructure security official offered praise Tuesday for legislation the House has passed to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to its own operational agency with critical infrastructure protection authorities, including over election systems. The bill, passed yesterday in the House by a voice vote, renames and elevates […]

Marines from 2d Law Enforcement Battallion II Marine Headquarters Group, conduct a field user evaluation for the IDS-MC, in Dahlgren, Va. Photo: Marine Corps

Marines Deploy Tactical Biometrics System

The Marine Corps has completed fielding of a new handheld, multimodal biometrics data collection system that gives Marines the ability to quickly connect with databases to help identify individuals encountered during various types of operations. The Identity Dominance System-Marine Corp (IDS-MC) includes the handheld multimodal biometric Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit (SEEK), produced by Crossmatch Technologies, […]

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FireEye Report: Industry To Face Cloud-Based Cyber Attacks, New Nation-State Threats

Nation-state adversaries and cyber actors are preparing new cyber capabilities to steal critical data held in the cloud, according to FireEye’s [FEYE] latest security predictions for 2018. FireEye released its cyber predictions report Dec, 7, and the cyber security company sees new tools used to expose vulnerabilities in cloud computing services and state-sponsored threat activities […]

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DoE Officials Pushing Industry Partnerships To Combat Critical Infrastructure Cyber Threats

The Department of Energy is placing an increased emphasis on public-private partnerships to combat future cybers threats to critical infrastructure operational technology (OT), according to written testimony from a department official to a House energy panel. A House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee hearing on Friday to examine the DoE’s role in establishing cyber security […]