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New State Dept. Directorate Prioritizing Internal Cyber Efforts

Amid concerns the State Department is reducing its role in enforcing cyber diplomacy efforts, the department has set up a new Cyber and Technology Security (CTS) directorate to consolidate its own information technology (IT) protection efforts. The CTS directorate, officially launched May 28, falls under the purview of the department’s Diplomatic Security Service. The director […]

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SECDEF Mattis: Growth Of DoD Experimental Innovation Unit A ‘Top-Level Priority’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis affirmed his support for the innovation and tech hub founded by his predecessor, calling for continued investment in new technological capabilities a top-level priority ahead of a two-day trip to Silicon Valley. Mattis visited the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office in Mountain View, Calif., on Aug. 10, and predicted increasing […]

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Agencies Using Industry Input, DHS Program For New Cyber Security Solutions

Federal agencies are cracking down on adversarial interference and unwanted access to their network operations with promises to increase the speed to market of new information technology (IT) capabilities and transitioning to more decentralized cyber security decisions. At an FCW Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday, panels of government and industry cyber experts reiterated the importance of […]

U.S. Cyber Command CIO George "Dennis" Bartko speaking at FCW's Cybersecurity Summit.

Cyber Command To Hold First Industry Day In October

U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is ramping up its new acquisition authority with its first ever industry day on Oct. 27, according to the command’s chief information officer (CIO). Speaking at a cyber security event on Wednesday, George “Dennis” Bartko discussed CYBERCOM’s growing acquisition role granted by Congress in the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill, […]

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GAO Calls On DoD To Improve Strategic Plans For Biometric And Forensic Capabilities

The Department of Defense’s deployment of biometric and forensic capabilities is hindered by a lack of strategic plans for implementation and miscommunication across the armed forces on how to develop key tools needed to gather evidence and data on combatants, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Monday. The GAO conducted a performance audit […]

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and more cut the ribbon at the opening of the Baltimore Cyber Range. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

First U.S. Public Cyber Security Training Facility Opens In Baltimore

BALTIMORE — A first-of-its-kind public cyber security training facility, the Baltimore Cyber Range, operated by security firm Cyberbit and designed to simulate large-scale virtual networks and replicate attacks opened Thursday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, and representatives from a consortium consisting of Cyberbit and its Israeli-based parent company Elbit Systems [ESLT] ,and […]

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Symantec Selling Website Security Solutions To DigiCert

Symantec [SYMC] and DigiCert Inc. on Wednesday said they have agreed to DigiCert acquiring Symantec’s website security and PKI solutions for $950 million in cash and a 30 percent stake in DigiCert, a deal that expands its talent and capabilities in website security. Utah-based DigiCert said the acquisition will allow it to take advantage of […]

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GAO Recommends DOD Strengthen Cyber Security Guidelines; Decide On Cyber Command Split

The Department of Defense must improve its monitoring of cyber security guidelines and make a decision regarding the splitting of the current dual-responsibility leadership of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Cyber Command, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In it’s report, the GAO recommends the DoD modify its […]

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GSA Announces Primes For $50 Billion Telecommunications Contract

Ten companies were announced Tuesday as prime contractors for a massive 15-year, $50 billion contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide comprehensive support for government-wide telecommunications systems and secure infrastructure services. The GSA selected AT&T [T], BT Federal Inc., Centurylink [CTL], Core Technologies Inc., Granite Telecommunications, Harris Corporation [HRS], Level 3 Communications [LVLT], […]