Archive: IT

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

IT Modernization Legislation To Be Added To Senate Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate is planning on integrating a $500 million federal information technology (IT) modernization bill into the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill it is currently considering, according to Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas). Hurd, speaking at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit on Wednesday, announced that the bill aimed at modernizing infrastructure across the federal government would […]

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DHS Orders Federal Government To Stop Using Kaspersky Software

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday ordered all federal agencies to stop using Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab’s software products over concerns surrounding the company’s ties to potential Kremlin cyberespionage activities. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued the directive, which allows agencies 30 days to identify any potential use of Kaspersky […]

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Industry Reps Push Cloud Computing, Declassification To Fix Information Sharing With Government

The biggest challenge to securing the cyber resiliency of federal government network systems remains an over-classified, ineffective approach to information sharing, according to a panel of cyber experts speaking at a homeland security summit Tuesday. Two panels at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference urged federal agency officials to work at reducing the time frame for […]

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Senate Appropriations Bill Blocks Closing Of State Cyber Office

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $51 billion spending bill with stipulations to appease concerns over a potential State Department reorganization effort by blocking the use of funds for a move that would eliminate the department’s cyber diplomacy office. The committee approved the FY 2018 State & Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill on Thursday. The […]

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Army Enlists IBM’s Watson To Streamline Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance

In renewing its deal with IBM [IBM] for could computing services, the Army plans to enlist the company’s Watson artificial intelligence to gather and analyze data directly from combat vehicles and use the information to streamline maintenance schedules. A continuation of the Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), the $135 million contract represents a 33-month extension […]

Directors of the the U.S.'s national intelligence organizations speak at an AFCEA INSA national intelligence summit panel on Sept. 7. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

FBI, NSA Directors Push Reauthorization of FISA Section 702, Elimination of Insider Threats

The directors of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI affirmed their support for a foreign surveillance provision that allows for the targeted collection of information on non-U.S. citizens located outside of the country and both pledged a common goal to eliminate insider threats in their organizations at a national intelligence summit on Thursday. […]

Cyber readiness panel at AFCEA INSA Intelligence & National Security Summit. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DoD, IC Officials Push Predictive Analysis And Insider Threat Policies To Protect Cyber Domain

The cyber resiliency of Department of Defense and intelligence community (IC) networks moving forward rests on re-organizing background checks for intelligence agents in order to eliminate the potential for insider threats, and creating effective policy to promote public-private partnerships to develop predictive analysis for potential threats to the domain, according to government and industry officials […]

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ManTech Opens Cyber Security Range For Training, Testing And Evaluating

Building on its experience in helping to develop and operate cyber ranges for government customers, ManTech International [MANT] on Wednesday officially launched a new cyber security range to provide existing and new customers with a relatively rapid way to safely simulate their own networks for preparedness, training, testing and evaluation purposes. ManTech actually opened its […]