The division between Internet of Things developers and IT and cybersecurity experts is one of the core problems in securing IoT devices, according to government and industry experts.






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MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.






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To meet today’s cybersecurity threats, and those that experts predict will pop up in the near future, government agencies will have to do more than just meet compliance guidelines, according to current and former government officials.






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President Donald Trump extended an Obama-era executive order Wednesday that established a national emergency used as a basis for freezing the assets of Russians tied to a hacking campaign aimed at disrupting the presidential election.






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After the huge success of the Hack the Pentagon bug bounty program, members of the Department of Defense and participating organizations are calling on other government agencies to copy the DoD program to improve cybersecurity.






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The Department of Homeland Security offers cybersecurity services to states and other Federal agencies. However, the agency’s cyber systems are not exercising their full potential, the Government Accountability Office found.






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Federal agencies need more help from IT groups within government and from the private sector to mitigate cybersecurity threats, according to Grant Schneider, acting Federal chief information security officer at the Office of Management and Budget.






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The Department of Homeland Security’s compliance-based approach will shift to an individualized assessment of components’ threat posture, according to Danny Toler, acting assistant secretary for DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. Instead of relying on a “three-ring binder” approach, which standardizes cybersecurity requirements throughout an agency, Toler said DHS will appraise its entities’ cyber stances […] […]

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