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Pentagon Creates Software Acquisition Position, New Hire Will Oversee F-35 Upgrades

The Department of Defense has created a new position to oversee its future software strategy, including key elements of F-35 aircraft system upgrades, and has hired a former Air Force cyber operations officer to lead the role. Jeff Boleng, the acting chief technology officer with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, will begin his tenure […]

Cyber operations panel at the 2018 Sea, Air, Space conference. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Industry Input Needed For Navy, Marine Corps Push For Tactical Cyber Operations

The sea services’ continued push of cyber activities to the tactical edge will require industry partners to deliver more resilient capabilities for offensive and training operations, according to military officials. Cyber leadership from the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard detailed plans to expand the roles of their cyber forces and information warfare platforms, […]

Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

DHS, CYBERCOM Leadership: Improved Coordination, Faster Authorities Needed To Combat Threats

Current and former Cyber Command and Department of Homeland Security leadership told lawmakers Wednesday that Congressional action is needed to improve interagency cyber strategy coordination and speed up authorities to thwart future threats. Witnesses at hearings with the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and its emerging technologies subcommittee cited a lack of a common operating […]

Thales USA President and CEO Alan Pellegrini. Photo: Thales

Connected Aircraft Open New Cyber Threat Vectors To Commercial Aviation, Thales USA Chief Warns

As commercial aircraft increasingly become connected to the larger Internet of Things, the potential for safety risks also rise, the head of Thales’ business operations in the U.S. said on Wednesday. There have already been hacks of aircraft and aviation-related systems, including inflight entertainment systems, data communications between pilots and ground-based controllers, and airline operations […]

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Report: U.S. Industry Improving Cyber Attack Detection, Facing New Threats From Iranian Groups

U.S. industry is improving its ability to internally discover and mitigate cyber attacks directed at their networks, but new threats from Iranian actors may pose new challenges for the defense and aerospace sector, according to a new report. Cyber security company FireEye’s [FEYE] Mandiant group released its annual cyber trends report Wednesday, and named three […]

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Energy Grid Personnel Lacking Clearances To Access Classified Cyber Attack Info

Facing continued threats from nation-state adversaries directed at disrupting critical infrastructure networks, a recent exercise showed many energy grid utility personnel are still without the necessary security clearances to access classified information on cyber attacks. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released a report March 30 with findings from a recent grid cyber exercise, […]

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Cowen Report: Budget Flexibility, Sector Consolidation Improving Outlook For Defense IT Industry

Department of Defense information technology (IT) partners are poised for improved revenue pick-ups in FY ’18 and FY ’19 due to more flexible budgeting for cyber and cloud projects and a greater embrace of sector consolidation, according to a new report from financial firm Cowen [COWN]. The latest defense industry outlook report from Cowen, released […]

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Lawmakers Seek Input On Addressing Open-Source Software Vulnerabilities

House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership is seeking input from the head of the Linux foundation on how to better secure systems using open-source software (OSS) from known vulnerabilities. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), committee chairman, and Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), oversight subcommittee chairman, sent a letter to Linux Monday calling for information on the “Heartbleed” […]

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GD Nabs Potential $629 Million Contract To Provide IT Support For DHS

General Dynamics [GD] won a potential six-year, $628.6 million task order from the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide information technology (IT) support related to the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters campus at the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington, D.C. GD’s One Source joint venture between its IT and Mission Systems businesses was the […]