EPA OIG Flags Cybersecurity, Data Management Issues

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General has flagged cybersecurity and data management issues as top management challenges for the agency in FY2019 that need to be tackled.

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    A team of academics and experts published a July 10 blueprint that acts as a template to help communities become “smart cities” by adopting a secure hybrid cloud architecture.

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  2. Stronger Information-Sharing, Partnerships Remain Key to Electric Grid Security

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  3. Cybersecurity cyber ISA Announces New Cybersecurity Alliance

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  4. Court Rules DoD’s JEDI Procurement Can Proceed

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  1. VA Names Gil Alterovitz Department’s First AI Director

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  3. House Approves NDAA Amendment to Block OPM-GSA Merger

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  4. GSA, OPM Look to Stabilize IT Infrastructure

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  5. Senate Dems Tell OPM to Put Brakes on Furloughs

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  6. FCC Tees Up Vote On $20 Billion Rural Broadband Fund

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  7. NDAA Amendment Would Put Hold on Facial Recognition at DHS, DoJ

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  8. NASCIO Endorses State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act

    The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced today that it endorsed S. 1846, the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2019.

  9. CBP Scouting for Commercial Cloud Service Providers

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