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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on April 17 provided updates on specific recommendations regarding cybersecurity and IT acquisition for the General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), respectively.






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Boosting the use of cloud services may be the answer to expanding implementation of zero-trust models of cybersecurity across Federal agencies and departments, Education Department CISO Steven Hernandez said at an ACT-IAC meeting today.






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Malicious bots posing as regular users make up 30 percent of traffic to government websites – well above the overall average of 20 percent of web traffic for non-government sites – according to a report from Distil Networks.






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The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at the University of California-Berkeley released a report on April 15 discussing the importance of improving cybersecurity awareness in underserved populations,  which face “higher-than-average risks of being victims of cyberattacks.”






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The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has released its 2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll results of best adoption practices that build consumer confidence in the internet, and has found that U.S. government entities were the most improved with their honor roll achievement – increasing from 39 percent in 2017 to 91 percent in 2018.






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The Pentagon’s top research arm is working to build a hack-proof voting machine by combining something brand new with something old – specifically, secure open-source hardware and software using advanced cryptography on one end, and good old paper on the other.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Malware Analysis Report (MAR) on Wednesday warning industry about cyberattacks from the Lazarus Group, which is widely believed to be backed by the North Korean government.






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British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today in response to a U.S. extradition request after a Federal court issued an indictment that charged him with one count of conspiracy to hack a U.S. government network to disclose classified documents.






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Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., a co-chair of the House Cybersecurity Caucus since its founding in 2008, isn’t giving up easily on one of his chief ideas to improve how Congress deals with cybersecurity: radically shrinking jurisdiction over the issue. 






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Help could be on the way for state and local governments grappling with defending against cyber attacks, in the form of bipartisan legislation introduced in the House and Senate that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to operate a grant program for states looking to implement better cybersecurity and recovery measures.






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Testifying today in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee which is reviewing the Navy’s FY2020 Defense Authorization Request, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said the service branch is sending a proposition up to Congress to add a fifth assistant secretary to address cyber needs.






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