GAO Prods Treasury to Better Track Financial Sector Cyber Risk Mitigation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the Treasury Department take steps – in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and others – to better track and prioritize cyber risk mitigation efforts across the financial services sector.

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  1. AI Commission Pushes U.S. Digital Services Academy Recommendation

    Members of the congressionally-mandated National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) told a House panel on Sept. 17 that “bolder action” is necessary to bring sufficient digital talent into the government, and recommended the creation of a United States Digital Services Academy to meet that need.

  2. State Department State Sees Little Disruption in Meeting Q3 PMA Goals

    Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has managed to meet or be on track for the majority of its Q3 FY2020 goals set in its Agency Priority Goal Action Plan for IT Modernization as part of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA).

  1. Pentagon Military Defense DoD DISA’s Kinney Praises milCloud 2.0 ‘Balance,’ Forecasts FedRAMP Rating Boost

    Rory Kinney, Services Executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Operations Center, praised the operational balance that milCloud 2.0 services can bring to Department of Defense (DoD) organizations looking to move to cloud services, and forecasted that milCloud 2.0 is in line for a FedRAMP certification upgrade early next year.

  2. Latest PMA Update Shows Key Milestones on Track With Few COVID-19 Delays

    The July 2020 update of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) assured Feds that modernization efforts are continuing on despite pandemic disruptions, and the latest update on Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goals released today reveals agencies are still on track to meet key milestones across goals.

  3. Wray: FBI Sees No Attacks On U.S. Voter Databases, But Plenty of Russian Agitation

    FBI Director Chris Wray said on Sept. 16 that his agency hasn’t seen any attempts thus far by foreign actors to attack the U.S. voter registration databases in the run-up to the November elections, or any attempt to tamper with vote counts.

  4. PMA OMB’s Rigas Outlines Priorities for Next PMA

    Michael Rigas, Acting Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), outlined his priorities for the next President’s Management Agenda (PMA) at today’s ACT-IAC Shared Services Summit, including investing in emerging technology and data management.

  1. U.S., A Dozen Other Countries Participate in AI-Focused “Partnership for Defense”

    Officials from the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center met with military and defense personnel from a dozen other nations this week to discuss the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes.

  2. CISA, FBI Identify Iran-based Cyber Actor Exploiting VPN, Targeting Feds

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have identified an Iran-based cyber actor that is exploiting a virtual private network and targeting several Federal agencies, according to a joint advisory released this week.  

  3. GAO: VA Taking Action on Modernization, Cyber Issues; More Work Needed

    A Government Accountability Office (GAO) official said on Sept. 16 that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action on several major IT modernization and cybersecurity issues that GAO has flagged in recent years, but that the agency still has a lot of work to do to address many of them.

  4. DHS Updates Data Center, Cloud Optimization Efforts; Sees January Award

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided an update on its efforts to advance Data Center and Cloud Optimization (DCC).

  5. CISA’s Corman Warns COVID Vaccine Hacks Could Endanger Millions

    Josh Corman, the former chief security officer at PTC who joined the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in July as a Visiting Researcher to support the agency’s COVID-19 response effort, warned on Sept. 16 that any significant delay in distributing coronavirus vaccines – by malicious hackers or otherwise – could endanger the lives of millions of people.

  6. 5G Transition to Create 4.6 Million Jobs by 2034, New Study Shows

    A new study shows that the transition to 5G wireless services will create an additional 4.6 million jobs in the United States by 2034 – and that the move to the latest generation of wireless technology has created over 100,000 jobs already since last year.

  7. Nakasone ‘Confident’ in Election Security, Calls Influence Ops ‘Next Great Disruptor’

    Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, today expressed confidence in the country’s ability to conduct safe and secure elections in November, while also warning that foreign influence operations pose an ongoing challenge for the U.S.  

  8. White House Sets Steering Panel for Quantum Economic Development Consortium

    The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced members of the steering committee for the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, a group designed to collaborate on research, standards, and workforce initiatives in quantum information science.

  9. DoD’s Esper: Emerging Tech ‘Altering the Character of Warfare’

    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said today that new technologies are changing the “character of warfare” – a shift that he said requires adjustments both abroad and at home to funding priorities.

  10. Reps. Hurd, Kelly Formalize National AI Strategy Resolution

    Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have introduced a resolution in the House that would create a national artificial intelligence strategy.