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C4I for Wed., May 31, 2017, Vol. #, Issue #.

DHS Bug Bounty Pilot Program Legislation Introduced in Senate

Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation on May 25 to establish a bug bounty pilot program for hackers to detect potential cyber vulnerabilities in Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) networks.The Hack Department of Homeland Security Act would establish a program to incentive ethical, white-hat hackers to point out areas of DHS systems…

Air Force’s Troubled GPS Ground System Getting More Scrutiny

The Pentagon is closely monitoring the future ground control system for the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to ensure the long-troubled program remains on a road to recovery, a service official said May 24.As part of that heightened scrutiny, the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) has already undergone four quarterly reviews co-chaired…

Kelly Touts DHS’ Role In Limiting Ransomware Attack In U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) played the key role in limiting the impact to computers and networks in the U.S. from a recent cyber security attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide with ransomware, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on May 24.Kelly told the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee that there was…

DHS Seeks Nearly $1 Billion For Cyber Operation Needs In FY ’18

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 23 requested $971 million for cyber operations within its National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), including nearly $700 million for its two key technology efforts aimed at thwarting and monitoring cyber attacks against federal civilian networks.The overall DHS request for cyber security is closer to $1.5 billion,…

Army’s FY ’18 Budget Request Continues To Put Readiness Before Modernization

The modest funding increase the Army is requesting in fiscal 2018 will maintain the current force and ensure those soldiers are trained and equipped for ongoing and near-term conflicts, leaving little left to spend on modernization.At a $137 billion base funding request with $29 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding, the total $166 billion…

Rogers Details Budget Request for Cyber Defense Efforts

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Adm. Mike Rogers announced a $647 million request to be included in the proposed defense budget for FY '18 in a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee on May 23.Rogers detailed the growing responsibilities and efforts of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), for which he also serves as commander, including…

Navy Awards Booz Allen Hamilton $72 Million C4I Assistance Contract

Booz Allen Hamilton [BAH] announced a five-year, $72 million contract to assist the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence in its effort to provide naval warfighters with the latest information technology.The contract allows Booz Allen Hamilton to continue providing assistance to the Navy Command and Control Program Office (PMW 150)…

Federal IT Managers Struggle With Persistent Insider Cybersecurity Threat

Nearly a quarter of all federal agencies lost data to a cyber incident in the period between May 2016 and May 2017, according to a survey of federal information technology (IT) managers.MeriTalk, which reports news and conducts governmental IT analysis, released their annual federal insider threat report, Insider Job: The Sequel, on May 15. The report details…