DHS Launches ICT Sector Supply Chain Risk Task Force

The Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 30 announced launch of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, which the agency said is charged with developing “consensus recommendations” to identify and manage risk to the global ICT supply chain.

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DHS’ Manfra Discusses FISMA Update, Impact to CDM

Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said today that the new update to Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) guidance will place even more accountability on department leaders and reflects an evolution in discussions between agencies and DHS.

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House Homeland Security Chair Wary of ‘Regulatory’ CISA Role

Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., the newly installed chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said he wants to help the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) strengthen its role as an “information enabler,” but at the same time said he is wary of the agency taking more of a “regulatory approach” to its mission.

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House Republicans Seek Details on National Labs Cyberattacks

House Republicans this week requested more information from the Department of Energy (DoE) on a recent series of cyberattacks aimed at three DoE national laboratories to gauge the scope of the attacks, and the agency’s current cybersecurity posture. 

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Rep. Mace Named Chair of New House Oversight Cyber, IT Panel

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., has been appointed chairwoman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation for the 118th Congress.

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Better Cybersecurity Starts With People, Not Tech, Panelists Say

As cybercriminals increasingly targeted specific people within organizations in hopes of breaking into networks, onboarding new information technology (IT) solutions to solve or mitigate cyber risks will not be enough to defend against sophisticated probing for weak links in the human capital chain.

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NASA, IBM Plan to Use AI in Climate Change Research

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and computing giant IBM plan to use artificial intelligence (AI) tech to improve climate change research, according to an announcement IBM posted on Feb. 1.

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Admiral Chase Details JFHQ-DODIN 2023 Goals

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bill Chase, deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) this week outlined a list of the command’s cybersecurity goals for 2023.

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House Oversight Puts COVID Relief Fraud in the Crosshairs

The newly constituted House Committee on Oversight and Accountability dedicated its first hearing of the 118th Congress on Feb. 1 to investigating fraud in the distribution of Federal COVID-19 relief funds, and committee leadership said that focus will continue down the road.

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GAO Prods CISA, DoD, OMB on Big-Picture Cyber Work

The Government Accountability Office offered some big-picture marching orders in a new report this week for three Federal agencies with major cybersecurity portfolios to improve how the agencies are undertaking their security missions.

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ADI Pitches FCSF Funding to Boost FedRAMP Program

Tech-sector trade group Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) is calling on Federal technology leaders to boost funding for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) through allocations from Federal Citizen Services Fund (FCSF) that is maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA), which also oversees FedRAMP.

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DISA Awards $223M EIS Contract to Lumen for Mission-Critical Comms

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Lumen Technologies a $223 million contract to provide secure, mission-critical communications services to the Department of Defense (DoD).

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