The Technical Guidelines Development Committee’s cybersecurity working group doesn’t know what to focus on in terms of voting security less than two months from Election Day. “It’s not clear where to go or whether our group should do anything on this,” said member David Wagner, computer science professor at the University of California-Berkeley.






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Many Federal agencies struggle with whittling down their cybersecurity priorities. Meeting with individual organizations within an agency to gauge their priorities is a solution that can be transferred from the private sector to the Federal world, according to Rocky DeStefano, cybersecurity subject matter expert at Cloudera.






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Strategic plans and scorecards are essential to effectively budgeting their cybersecurity needs, agency officials said. Michael Johnson, CIO of the Department of Energy, said the agency uses the DOE Cyber Strategy for information sharing and safeguarding, using multifactor authentication, and focusing on research and development.






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The Defense Information Systems Agency receives notifications for about 800 million alarms a day while providing support for 146 mission partners, and Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, vice director, said the agency is trying to grant all 146 partners access to the commercial cloud.






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The NIST Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity should prioritize the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, and creating norms and deterrence strategies, according to officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.






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Comments close Friday at 5 p.m. on the NIST Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity’s request for information on how best to address the “current and future states of cybersecurity in a digital economy.”






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Due to the breadth and depth of cyberattacks and breaches in the Federal government, most especially the Office of Personnel Management, agencies should be implementing a policy of zero trust when it comes to who is accessing their data, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. His committee released a report titled “The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More than a Generation.”






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The National Center for Atmospheric Research selected Juniper Networks to provide infrastructure for a new supercomputer that will perform 5.34 quadrillion calculations per second. This new supercomputer will be installed at NCAR’s Wyoming Supercomputing Center this fall; it will be operational in 2017.






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