Archive: IT

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

House Science Chairman Threatens Subpoena For Kaspersky Ban Documents

The chairman of a House science panel informed the Department of Homeland Security he may issue a subpoena for documents related to the department’s Kaspersky Lab software ban if officials skip another deadline. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (SSTC) Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a letter Thursday to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reiterating his […]

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JFHQ-DoDIN Reaches Full Operational Capability

The Joint Force Headquarters in command of the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN), which includes 15,000 networks with 3 million users, has reached full operational capability, DoD officials said Wednesday. Cyber Command’s Joint Force Headquarters-DoDIN has achieved FOC three years after first being stood up to improve the cyber resilience and operational security of […]

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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Selects CenturyLink & Collab9 For Secure Cloud Communications

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) has tapped CenturyLink [CTL] and collab9 to secure its enterprise communication networks with their joint cloud communications service. Under the deal, announced Jan. 31, the two companies will deliver their Unified Communications as a Service (UCaas) platform to start DNFSB’s transition to cloud computing platforms. “CenturyLink is excited […]

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Fidelis, PacStar Launch Joint Cyber Security Platform For DoD Network Defense Operations

Information technology companies Fidelis Cybersecurity and PacStar have launched a joint tactical cyber solution platform aimed at improving Department of Defense network threat response capabilities. The two companies will demonstrate the new PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System for the first time next week at the AFCEA West conference in San Diego. The platform is designed […]

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DOT&E Report: DoD Networks Remain Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

Department of Defense networks and weapon systems remain vulnerable to adversarial cyber attacks and programs, such as the Joint Regional Security Stacks and Cyber Protection Teams, and aren’t meeting expectations, according to a new office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report published Jan. 25. The new DOT&E report, which collects testing assessments […]

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GAO Adds Security Clearance Process To ‘High-Risk’ List

Following concerns of extensive backlogs, lagging reform efforts and now IT systems vulnerabilities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added the federal security clearance process to its list of “high-risk” programs in need of immediate improvement. The next update to the GAO’s high-risk list is scheduled for early 2019, but the agency made the new […]


FERC Implementing New Cyber Security Regulations For Electrical Grid Supply Chain

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is implementing new security standards for the energy sector intended to improve the cyber resiliency of the electrical grid supply chain. Guidelines for the new cyber risk management framework were posted Thursday, and FERC has proposed moving up the deadline to implement the new security requirements by six months to […]

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Lawmakers Ask Tech CEOs To Explain Embargo On Disclosing ‘Meltdown’ And ‘Spectre’ Cyber Vulnerabilities

House technology committee leadership called on officials at the top IT companies in the U.S. to explain their collective decision to impose an embargo on disclosing information related to two serious cyber security vulnerabilities affecting their processors. The CEOs of seven major technology companies are asked to describe the decision-making process behind withholding a public […]


World Economic Forum Announces New Global Centre For Cybersecurity

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking the next step after listing cyber security as one of its top global risks for 2018 with the launch of a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity in the Spring. The new center, announced Wednesday at the WEF’s annual forum in Davos, Switzerland, will be based in Geneva and […]

Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Mattis: DoD Needs Cyber Reorganization, Defined Role For Protecting The Domain

The Department of Defense will undergo a continued reorganization of its cyber posts as it aims to better protect against broadening attacks to the domain, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Following the release of an unclassified summary of the Pentagon’s new classified National Defense Strategy (Defense Daily, Jan. 19), Mattis discussed DoD’s effort to […]