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telework Biden Administration Announces Permanent Telework Options for Feds
The Biden administration announced expanded telework options for Federal employees on Thursday, creating a huge cultural shift for the Federal government that will allow agencies to offer flexible work-from-home and hybrid schedules to employees.
  • General Services Administration GSA With IPv6 Being Key to Zero Trust, GSA is Hosting June 16 Transition Summit
    Major Federal government IT and cybersecurity modernization plans – from the rapid deployment of zero trust architectures and 5G technologies to the adoption of IoT and smart infrastructures – depend upon a scalable, robust and agile network infrastructure as a foundation for such advances.  The Federal government has committed to the full transition to IPv6 as its basis for network modernization, and in November 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a policy that outlined the strategic intent for the government to deliver its information services, operate its networks, and access the services of others using only IPv6.
  • DHS Must Fully Implement key Practices in Biometric System Acquisition
    In 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began replacing its outdated biometric identity management system but needs to fully implement key IT acquisition best practices to fully implement the entire Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) system by 2021, which is three years behind schedule due to technical challenges.
  • Rep. Maloney Asks JBS for Documents About its $11M Ransom Payment Decision
    A week after seeking information on ransom pay from two other ransomware victims, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a June 10 letter to JBS Foods USA asking for information about its reported decision to pay an $11 million ransom, the committee announced.
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  1. Easterly Tackles Surging Cyber Threats at CISA Confirmation Hearing
    Jen Easterly, President Biden’s nominee to become the next director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), delivered a sobering assessment of the rising threats faced by Federal and private sectors networks and pledged at her June 10 confirmation hearing to strengthen the agency’s capabilities to defend and secure networks.
  2. Inglis Faces Ransomware, Cyberattack Questions in Nomination Hearing
    Ransomware was a main focus of concern during a committee nomination hearing today for Chris Inglis to be the nation's first-ever national cyber director. Amidst a rising number of recent attacks, Inglis detailed how he would deal with the threat of ransomware while also explaining how he would approach building the nation's cyber policy and approach collaboration if confirmed.
  3. VA Chief Sees Results from EHR ‘Strategic Review’ Coming Soon
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  5. GSA Nominee Pledges Digital Infrastructure Investments
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  6. Sen. Warner Sees Cyber Incident Reporting Bill Coming Soon
    Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said today he expects legislation will be soon filed in Congress to mandate cyber incident reporting to Federal authorities.
  7. Senior CDM Program Official Sees ‘Extremely Busy’ 2021 Following Breaches
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