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    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), along with international partners, published guidance last week for cyber defenders that advises them to not remove PowerShell – Microsoft’s built-in command-line tool with Windows – but to properly configure it.
  • DoD DoD Cyber Leaders Shooting for May 2023 CMMC Contracts Debut
    Cybersecurity leaders from the Defense Department (DoD) are providing some more clarity on the timeline for implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, and said they expect CMMC requirements could begin appearing in solicitations for government contracts as early as May 2023.
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    The U.S. Air Force AFNet Sustainment and Operations Branch – in collaboration with the Air Combat Command (ACC) Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance and the Platform One team– is driving toward developing a modern software-based perimeter that will deliver zero trust capabilities to applications across the service branch, an Air Force official said.
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