Archive: IT

Rear Adm. Danelle Barret, Navy Cyber Security Division director

Navy Seeking Data Management Capabilities

Navy officials are looking for new information technology (IT) capabilities to to make their data more manageable for warfighters and improve the mobility and security of system applications, according to the service’s lead cyber security official. Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett told attendees at a Friday AFCEA IT conference she is looking for industry data standardization […]

Air Force Director of Cyberspace Innovation Lauren Knausenberger

Air Force Embracing Automation For Software Approval, IT Processes

The Air Force is readying an announcement it has completed a new initiative to automate the process of approving commercial software, as officials look to speed up the deployment of new capabilities and automate more of the force’s information technology (IT) workload. Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force’s director of cyberspace innovation, told attendees at an […]

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DISA Awards $592 Million For Processor Capacity Chipsets

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded $592 million to three software companies for chipsets to improve its processor capacity services. The new deal includes $277 million for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s [HPE] Itanium chipset, $144 million for AECOM’s [ACM] URS Federal Services’ Z-series chipset and $171 million for ViON Corp.’s System P chipset. DISA’s […]

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Senate Passes DHS Bug Bounty Program Bill

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to create a program for hackers to infiltrate Department of Homeland Security networks with the aim of discovering software vulnerabilities before malicious actors can carry out their own cyber attacks. The bipartisan Hack Department of Homeland Security Act (S.1281), sponsored by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman […]

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GDIT To Continue Providing IT Services For Army INSCOM

General Dynamics [GD] Information Technology has received a new contract to continue providing information technology (IT) maintenance services for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). Under the deal, announced Wednesday, GDIT will remain INSCOM’s prime contractor for network operations, storage management, information assurance, web services and engineering support.    “General Dynamics knows how critical […]

DISA headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md. Photo: Army.

Key Lawmaker Proposes Ditching DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) would be scrapped under a Department of Defense streamlining bill unveiled April 17 by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry’s proposed “Comprehensive Pentagon Bureaucracy Reform and Reduction Act” would eliminate DISA by Jan. 1, 2021, and transfer its functions to U.S. Cyber Command and […]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

DHS Readying New Cyber Strategy, Focus On Private Sector Role In Threat Response

The Department of Homeland Security is readying a new cyber security strategy focused on pushing the private sector to improve coordination on eliminating known risks and more aggressively responding to malicious actors. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen detailed the new security approach at a cyber conference Tuesday, which focuses on getting companies to share risk information […]

White House Cyber Security Coordinator Rob Joyce

Top White House Cyber Official Resigns

The White House’s top cyber security official is leaving his post with plans to return to the National Security Agency (NSA), the Trump administration said on Monday. Rob Joyce, White House cyber security coordinator, is stepping down from his role on the National Security Council (NSC) less than a week after being named acting homeland security advisor […]

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Russia Targeting US, UK Industry In Global Network Attack Campaign

Russian government actors routinely targeted federal agencies and companies in the U.S. and United Kingdom using compromised network devices to disrupt industry functions and steal intellectual property, according to a Department of Homeland Security alert released Monday. DHS, along with the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), warn U.S. and British businesses […]

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NIST Releases Updated Version Of Cybersecurity Framework

Four years after the releasing a voluntary guide to best practices and standards for strengthening the cyber security posture of public and private organizations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Monday released an updated version of the Cybersecurity Framework that includes updates related to authentication, supply chain security,  self-assessment and vulnerability disclosure. […]