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NIST Adds Self-Assessment, IT Supply Chain Standards To New Cyber Security Framework Draft

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an update to the draft of its cyber standards framework meeting industry requests for security self-assessment standards and directives for managing IT supply chain risks. Version 1.1 of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework was released Tuesday with revisions included from comments the agency solicited during a January […]

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

House Science Panel Chairman Asks DHS To Provide Documents Related To Kaspersky Ban

A House science panel is requesting the Department of Homeland Security provide all documents related to its directive for all federal agencies departments to remove Kaspersky Lab software products from their systems, following concerns on the Russian-based company’s alleged ties to the Kremlin. Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) […]

Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate Jeanette Manfra at the Symantec Government Symposium. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

DHS, IC Setting New Priorities For Information Sharing Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security and Intelligence Community officials are working to tailor information sharing expectations with industry in the hopes of prioritizing data protection efforts to thwart future cyber threats. Solidifying private sector partnerships to scale up sharing of data priorities and building threat intelligence confidence with internet service providers (ISPs) and cyber security industry […]

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MacB Receives $37 Million Task Order To Support Air Force Research Lab Modernization

Defense cyber security services provider MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has received a five-year, $37 million task order to support the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) information technology modernization efforts. Under the deal, announced Monday, MacB will assist the AFRL’s Enterprise Business System (EBS) with streamlining its applications and software tools, and provide personnel to conduct cyber […]

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DISA To Hold Cloud Adoption Workshop For Mission Partners

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is holding a symposium Dec. 12 at its Fort Meade, Md., headquarters for Department of Defense mission partners to improve their cloud computing adoption efforts. The training workshop follows a September directive from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan for the department to move toward rapid enterprise-wide cloud adoption. […]

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DISA Seeking Industry Input For New DoD Cyber Threat Sharing Platform

The Department of Defense’s information technology agency is seeking industry input on capabilities necessary to build its cyber threat sharing platform. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) released its Request for Information (RFI) on Wednesday to assess how to approach to impending acquisition process for its new Cyber Threat Sharing Indicator Platform. Responses to the […]

New DISA Director Rear Adm. Nancy Norton. Photo: Navy.

New DISA Director Nominated

The president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to serve as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and commander of the Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network. Norton is currently serving as DISA’s vice director, a role she began in August, where she oversees the agency’s effort to build a mobile […]

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Paper-Based Voting Machines, Increased Funding Necessary For Improved Election System Cyber Security

Paperless voting systems, routine audits and increased funding for state and local election officials are essential components needed to ensure the cyber security of voting infrastructure in the face of continued interference in elections, according to witnesses at a House hearing Wednesday. The House Subcommittees on Information Technology (IT) and Intergovernmental Affairs discussed election system […]

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DoD Cyber Officials: Cyber Command Will Need Unified Leadership To Meet Future Objectives

Elevating U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command will be a first step for setting Department of Defense cyber warfare objectives, but establishing unified command leadership will be necessary for enacting effective operational strategies. Panelists at a Tuesday cyber conference discussed future cyber tactics finding success with a joint campaign approach receiving unified directives […]

Office of the Secretary of the Air Force CIO Frank Konieczny. Photo: Air Force.

Mission Specific Approach Needed For Increase In Cyber Threats, Widening Attack Vector

The increasing frequency and widening attack vector of cyber warfare threats is forcing military officials to adopt a more mission specific approach to defensive operations rather than attempting to defend entire networks. A greater emphasis on increasing cyber capabilities in the recently passed fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report and a […]