Archive: IT

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services - Cyber Subcommittee. Photo: U.S. Senate.

SASC Cyber Panel Pushes DoD For Greater Role in Election Security

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC( is pushing the Department of Defense to take on a greater role in ensuring election security ahead of the 2018 midterms, including building private sector partnerships and utilizing its Cyber Mission Forces to combat interference campaigns. Witnesses at a Tuesday SASC Cybersecurity Subcommittee hearing echoed the Senate panel’s assessment […]

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Proposed FY ’19 DoD Budget Looks To Improve Cyber Mission Force Capabilities, Network Protection Programs

Faced with growing adversarial cyber threats, Department of Defense officials are looking to improve the capabilities of its Cyber Mission Forces (CMF) and boost several network protection programs with its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget. The Pentagon’s $686 billion budget for the next fiscal year, released Monday, includes appropriating funds to address new cyber threats, […]


Army Hopes To Deploy Prototype Cyber Training Capabilities This Summer

Army officials are moving forward with the next phase of their project to develop a new high-fidelity network simulation testing environment for the Department of Defense’s Cyber Mission Forces, aiming to deploy prototype capabilities by July. The Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI) held their latest industry day for the Persistent […]


Sprint Reentering Federal IT Market With Focus On Converged Solutions

After exiting the federal information technology (IT) market two years ago, telecommunications provider Sprint [T] says it is reentering the space aggressively with plans to offer a range of products and services designed to meet customer demands for new and emerging technology solutions. “Our approach is completely focused on, ‘How do we help build the […]

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.).

House Passes Bill To Improve Cyber Security Cooperation With Ukraine

The House passed a bill late Wednesday to improve cyber security cooperation with Ukraine, after the bill’s sponsor urged the White House to consider the international partnership as a critical step for assessing future election and infrastructure cyber threats. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, which calls on the State Department to […]

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)

Hassan Introduces Bill To Integrate DHS Databases

After passage in the House last fall, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) this week introduced in the Senate a bill that directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a central framework to integrate its disparate datasets so that agencies can access information about potential terrorist threats faster. The DHS Data Framework Act (H.R. 2454) […]

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GAO Report: DHS Behind On Identifying Critical Cyber Expertise Needs

The Department of Homeland Security has missed several deadlines to assess its cyber security workforce and has yet to identify the areas it needs improved expertise, according to a new GAO report released Wednesday. A 2014 bill, the Homeland Security Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act, called for DHS to classify and code its cyber security personnel […]

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Tillerson Proposes New State Department Cyber Bureau

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed a new plan to merge two State Department offices to form a new cyber-focused bureau, following concerns over a department reorganization downgraded his department’s role in promoting cyber diplomacy efforts. In a letter Tuesday to Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Tillerson detailed […]


Two Navy IT NGEN-R Teams Start To Take Shape

Two teams set to compete on the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R) contract have officially announced their partnerships on Friday and Monday. Leidos [LDOS] said Monday it is working with IBM [IBM], Unisys [UIS], and Verizon’s [VZ] Enterprise Solutions to compete on the NGEN-R Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) program contract. […]

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) delivers his "State of National Security Address." Photo: Matthew Beinart.

House Homeland Security Chairman: Improved Info Sharing, More Pressure Needed To Combat Cyber Threats

Combatting future nation-state cyber threats will require greater authorities for the Department of Homeland Security to improve information sharing and a better effort to place pressure on adversaries, according to the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) delivered his “State of National Security Address” on Monday, and urged lawmakers […]