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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 […]

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Symantec: Industry Facing New Ransomware, Supply Chain Software Attacks

Following another year of an upward trend in private sector cyber attacks, industry can expect to see rapidly changing ransomware variants and an emphasis from hackers on software-targeted supply chain attacks, according to a new Symantec [SYMC] report. The software company released its annual Internet security report Wednesday, and detailed a 200 percent increase in […]

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Chamber Of Commerce Issues Industry Cyber Attack Response Recommendations

Chamber of Commerce officials are asking companies to work with law enforcement agencies to develop cyber attack response plans and threat sharing partnerships to combat increasing numbers of ransomware and data breach attempts. A new white paper released Wednesday urged industry to more effectively report cyber breaches, citing the Department of Homeland Security’s InfraGard threat […]

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DHS’ Confidence In Northrop Grumman Proposal For Biometric System Higher Than Leidos, GAO Decision Shows

The Department of Homeland Security’s award to Northrop Grumman [NOC] last fall of a contract to develop a new biometric storage and matching system was based on having higher confidence than the one losing bidder that protested, which was Leidos [LDOS], and to a lesser degree a lower price, according the Government Accountability Office (GAO). […]

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New Cyber Command Strategy Emphasizes Offensive Operations

Cyber Command officials are calling their current reactive approach to cyber defense “unacceptable” and looking to move to an operational approach focused on thwarting attacks at their point of origin, according to a new command strategy released March 23. The new strategy document cites the growing threat from foreign adversaries directed at U.S. networks and […]

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DHS Hires Former Election Assistance Official To Be New Cyber Adviser

The Department of Homeland Security has hired the former commissioner of the agency tasked with assisting states’ voting security efforts to be a new cyber security adviser, following pushback from lawmakers on the department’s ability to address future election interference. Matthew Masterson, who served as a lead official with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) since […]

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NSA Completes Full-Spectrum Cyber Operations Exercise With Military Academies

The National Security Agency (NSA) has completed its first ever cyber exercise testing military academy teams’ ability to defend against near full-spectrum cyber operations. NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX), which ran from March 19 to 21 at the U.S. Naval Academy, featured 12 teams from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard academies executing cyber […]

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FY18 Spending Bill Funds Critical Infrastructure, Federal IT Cyber Security Projects

Facing increasing cyber threats aimed at exploiting known vulnerabilities, lawmakers secured funding in their new $1.3 trillion spending bill for programs needed to improve the cyber resiliency of critical infrastructure and address vulnerabilities in outdated election and federal IT systems. President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package Friday, which includes $722.9 […]

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DISA’s $17.5 Billion ENCORE III IT Suite Ready For DoD Use

The Department of Defense’s information systems agency has finalized a potentially $17.5 billion deal with 20 companies for its ENCORE III information technology suite. The Defense Information Systems Agency’s ENCORE III is now available to DoD and its federal partners to utilize a full range of open large business IT suites, ranging from engineering develop […]

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HASC Leadership Urges President To Fully Fund Counter-Information Warfare Office

A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the president Thursday urging him to fully resource and staff the agency tasked with countering foreign disinformation campaigns, including officially allocating up to $60 million in funds. Top leadership from the House Armed Services Committee are asking the president to follow through on authorities included in […]