Federal Joint Analysis Reports should include stronger language on indicators of compromise, according to Cris Thomas, a network security strategist at Tenable. DHS and the FBI released a JAR on Dec. 29 that discusses the tools Russian intelligence officers used to compromise the networks and infrastructure associated with the recent U.S. presidential election.






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Microsoft announced that its Azure and Office 365 cloud service became the first commercial cloud to be awarded Impact Level 5 DoD Provisional Authorization by the Defense Information Systems Agency, which allows the cloud to store the most sensitive, controlled, unclassified information. Microsoft also announced general availability of the service to all validated Department of Defense customers.






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Centrify and SailPoint Technologies have tools to address the tasks outlined in Phase 2 of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, according to representatives from the companies and DHS itself.






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Though governments around the world have made an effort to establish national cybersecurity strategies, 66 percent of cybersecurity professionals said that those strategies were incoherent or incomplete, according to a survey conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group and Information Systems Security Association.






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Financial reporting experts advocated for the adoption of a standard business reporting method that would make it easier for businesses to both submit data to the government and use the government’s publicly available information.






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The General Services Administration has reached a software acquisition agreement with Adobe to provide streamlined data security and electronic solutions for government, enabling agencies to meet the requirements of Federal information security and electronic government policy.






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Four recent studies conducted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) on the impacts of additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and automation, roll-to-roll manufacturing, and smart manufacturing have found that these technologies could save U.S. manufacturing approximately $100 billion annually.






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