cybersecurity

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.

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Air Force

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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The Pentagon is a very large building that houses a lot of the authorities for the U.S. Military. It's big. This photo doesn't do it justice, but they're kinda rightly concerned about people flying drones around there.

By: Kyle Dimitt, Principal Engineer, Compliance Research at LogRhythm Supply chain attacks have been on the rise across the globe, as we saw with targeted attacks against SolarWinds and Kaseya. The spike has created a large risk in the Federal government since industry supply chains don’t necessarily have to adhere to a set level of […]

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FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Data Task Force announced that fixed and mobile broadband providers in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) may obtain early access to certain portions of the system to enter identifiable information in advance of the broadband availability data filing window on June 30.

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DoD

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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MerITocracy 2021

In the lead-up to the July 21 forum, we are table-setting a host of big issues that will get serious attention at MerITocracy 2022. The overarching question we are asking is this: can technology innovation – coupled with the boldest kind of leadership – work together to start fixing the most intractable problems facing America?

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Amit Mital, senior director for cybersecurity and policy on the White House’s National Security Council (NSC), is on the hunt for a unified and trusted secure digital identity technology that he said has the potential to dramatically reduce identity-based fraud and the success of attempted ransomware attacks.

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 22 unanimously approved the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2023 to authorize funding, provide legal authorities, and enhance congressional oversight for the U.S. intelligence community (IC).

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Health and Human Services HHS

Fifteen years after Congress approved legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a public health situational awareness network to facilitate information sharing about public health threats, the agency has made little progress toward making that project a reality.

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EHR

President Biden on June 23 signed into law the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act that aims to increase the transparency of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) problematic Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program through regular reporting requirements.

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BAE Systems has been awarded a five-year contract worth $699 million by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help operate and maintain a network of high-performance computers that are used for scientific and engineering endeavors.

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The State Department is seeking feedback from industry on requirements for building a procurement forecasting application that would provide vendors with status updates on potential future requirements and acquisition activities.

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What Happened This Week - Ep. 71

FY23 DoD funding moves forward, TMF Board funds zero trust security projects, IRS expands use of AI-powered bots, and more. For more news and insights on today’s mission-critical IT challenges, check us out on MeriTV.

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CISA

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly is considering a big basket of recommendations delivered this week by the agency’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, including suggestions that the agency boost its workforce development and acquisition efforts and establish a new chief people officer position.

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AI

The Department of Defense (DoD) published its Responsible Artificial Intelligence (RAI) Strategy and Implementation Pathway (S&I) today, providing a clear path forward for the Pentagon’s AI efforts.

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The Office of Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is pushing for Congress to better prioritize digital technologies and keep pace with the evolving world.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would strengthen U.S. cybersecurity protections for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) amid increased Russian cyber threats to ICS targets.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an updated version of its Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) that serves as guidance for Federal civilian agencies for secure migration to cloud services.

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The House Armed Services Committee voted on June 22 to approve the portion of the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authored by the committee’s Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems.

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Pentagon Military Defense DoD

The House Appropriations Committee voted on June 22 to approve its fiscal year 2023 defense funding bill which totals $761 billion, up $32 billion – or about four percent – from the FY2022 level.  

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is pressing the departments of Treasury and Homeland Security (DHS) to assess whether a further Federal response is needed to address the government’s existing terrorism risk insurance program, which may not cover losses from cyber and other attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure.

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White House

The White House is establishing a task force that will address online harassment and abuse, led by the director of the White House Gender Policy Council and the assistant to the president for National Security Affairs.

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