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GAO Report: DoD Needs To Address New Aircraft Tracking System’s Cyber Risks

Department of Defense officials have yet to address known cyber security risks associated with a military aircraft tracking tool and have only two years before the system must be fully integrated, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report  published Jan. 18. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out tracking tool, part of a Federal Aviation […]


GAO Rejects Leidos Protest Of DHS Biometric Database Award To Northrop Grumman

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last Thursday rejected a protest by Leidos [LDOS] of a contract awarded late last September to Northrop Grumman [NOC] to build out a new multimodal biometric database and identity management system for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The GAO’s decision frees up DHS to lift a stop work order […]


House Panel Urges Manufacturing Officials To Update IoT Cyber Security Standards

A House panel urged manufacturing industry partners on Thursday to assist federal agencies with developing improved security standards for internet connected devices to fend off future cyber attacks. Witnesses at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing discussed pressing needs to update cyber security practices at manufacturing plants and […]

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Army Seeking Design Proposals For Future Virtual Warfare Operations Facility

Army officials will begin accepting proposals later this month to design a virtual warfare facility to be housed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The new Virtual Warfare Center Operations (VWC-N Ops) facility will be used as hub for military aircraft simulators, including for the F-15C, F-15-E and the AWACS. The cost of construction […]

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New TRADOC Guideline Sets Approach To Future Army Cyberspace Operations

Future Army cyber operations will require improved ownership of the electromagnetic spectrum and accelerated integration of cyber and electronic warfare (EW) operations to outpace peer adversaries’ technological advances, according to a new Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) document. The new cyber operations pamphlet, released Jan. 9, was commissioned by the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) […]

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Sens. Warren, Warner Introduce Bill Imposing Penalties Against Credit Agencies For Data Breaches

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s massive Equifax [EFX] data breach with a new bill to impose financial penalties against credit reporting agencies (CRAs) who lose consumer’s private information. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act, introduced Wednesday, grants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) greater oversight […]

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Banking, Retail Associations Seek Legislation To Clarify Data Breach Reporting Standards

Following massive consumer data breaches in 2017, such as the November Equifax [EFX] hack, banking and retail associations are urging Congress to pursue legislation to standardize cyber attack response protocols. In a Thursday letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Chairman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), […]

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Booz Allen Report: Industry Needs Improved Cyber Resiliency To Deter 2018 Ransomware, Supply Chain Attacks

Industry information systems will need improved resiliency capabilities to withstand new cyber and ransomware attacks in 2018 centered around indirect supply chain threats, third-party software vulnerabilities and extortion attempts, according to a new report from Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH]. In their annual cyber threat analysis report, released Thursday, Booz’s Cyber4Sight division predicts hackers and nation-state […]

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KPMG To Acquire Identity And Access Management Business Of Cyberinc

The auditing and consulting firm KPMG LLP on Wednesday said it has agreed to acquire the global identity and access management business of Cyberinc, providing it with additional talent for its information security consulting services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cyberinc, which is based in California’s Silicon Valley, is a subsidiary of Aurionpro […]

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Agencies Behind DHS Deadline To Implement New Email Security Protocols

Federal agencies are following a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement new protocols meant to bolster their email cyber security, but more than half of all government domains won’t have the new tool to curb phishing attacks by the January deadline, according to a new report. A new report released Tuesday from cyber security […]