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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Pentagon To Finalize Remaining Authorities For Cyber Personnel Recruitment Program

Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, the Pentagon’s senior cyber policy adviser said Wednesday that the Department of Defense is planning to roll out the final authorities of the Cyber Excepted Service program over the next few months to address persistent problems in retaining cyber personnel. Lawmakers from the cybersecurity and personnel subcommittees of the Senate Armed […]

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DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract To Provide Biometric System For Afghanistan, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla.–The U.S. Defense Department earlier this month selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government. The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million […]

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Development Of Next-Generation Biometric Identity Management System On Schedule, DHS Officials Say

TAMPA, Fla.—More than six months into the development and acquisition of a next-generation cloud-based biometric storage and matching system for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) effort is holding to schedule, department officials overseeing the program said on Tuesday. The HART program is still on track to have the first […]

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Analysts: New Cyber Strategies Lack Details On Offensive Operations, Industry Partnerships

New cyber strategies the Pentagon and White House released this week present a unified effort to deterring growing threats, Atlantic Council analysts said Friday, but provide scant details on strategic considerations for more aggressive offensive operations and the plan for better leveraging industry capabilities. Senior fellows on the Atlantic council said the White House’s national […]

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White House Releases New Cyber Strategy Easing Rules On Offensive Operations

The White House released a new National Cyber Strategy on Thursday easing restrictions on offensive operations and the use of cyber weapons, building on an updated Pentagon plan announced earlier this week to broaden the response to ongoing digital attacks . John Bolton, the administration’s national security adviser, told reporters the new plan will provide […]