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Katie Arrington, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) CISO for acquisition and a prime mover for the recently released Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, this week emphasized the vital importance of defense contractors making the switch away from Chinese-built communications equipment.  






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Federal spending budget

The $2 trillion measure approved by the Senate last night to help stimulate the flagging U.S. economy and respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will provide hefty increases to the budgets of numerous Federal agencies with major roles in pandemic response and mitigation.






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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced March 23 that it renewed its antivirus software license agreement with McAfee, with the move coming amid increased employee telework caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.






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FBI

Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) organization praised implementation of Technology Business Management (TBM) practices for enhancing agencywide communication about IT priorities.






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As the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues exploring emerging technologies for the Department of Defense, it’s considering the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle electric grid cybersecurity and get ahead of 5G deployment.






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Lora Shiao, who has served as executive director of the National Counterterrorism Center for the past year, will become the center’s deputy director and serve as acting director, starting April 3 until the Senate confirms a permanent director.






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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a March 20 letter to issue more detailed guidance on paid leave and telework options for uniformed, civilian, and Defense Department personnel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.






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As the country settles in for the long haul of teleworking and social isolation, the goal becomes maintaining your sanity and staving off cabin fever.






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The U.S. Army is seeing success in implementing machine learning (ML)— evidenced by improved classification of previously unknown data by 20 percent— and is developing a workforce culture where artificial intelligence (AI) adoption is possible.






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A follow-up audit by the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on corrective actions taken by DoD regarding its Cyber Red Team found that it did not consistently mitigate or include unmitigated vulnerabilities identified in the prior audit or during this audit.






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The Defense Department (DoD) announced late Monday the appointment of William Lietzau as Director of the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) that oversees nearly all security clearance processes for the Federal government.






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Following reports of a possible cyberattack late Sunday night, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and at the Department of Defense (DoD) prep Federal networks for an uptick in cyberthreats as employees move to telework to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.






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