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Charles Schumer to Congress: Prioritize Notification Standards After Latest Data Breach

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on Congress to take up the proposed cybersecurity legislation and prioritize breach notification standards following reports of an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield data breach in December 2013. The senator said in a press release Thursday that the breach discovered in August exposed the health and financial information …

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DHS Unveils Mobile App for First Responder SAR Guidance

The First Responders Group of the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has launched a mobile application that provides response teams access to search-and-rescue protocols, strategies and other information. DHS said Wednesday the Lost Person Behavior app works as a field guide for first responders who do not have the …

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Tony Scott: Govt to Release Cyber Guidelines in the Fall

Federal CIO Tony Scott has indicated that the government will release guidance on federal network security and incident response measures in the fall, Nextgov reported Thursday. Jack Moore writes that the guidelines will provide policy and process recommendations that build on the 30-day cybersecurity sprint held across government in June. “I …

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DARPA Forum to Feature Early-Career S&T Talent; Arati Prabhakar Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s “Wait, What?” forum will feature research presentations from early-career scientists and engineers as part of the agency’s efforts to celebrate innovation and promising talent. DARPA said Wednesday the three-day forum will highlight the work of 54 selected “DARPA Risers” from the science and technology fields. …

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Ashton Carter: DoD Seeks More Communication, Partnerships With Private Sector

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reiterated the Defense Department‘s efforts to establish strong relations with the private sector in work to help the U.S. bolster its military advantage, DoD News reported Wednesday. Jim Garamone writes that Carter highlighted DoD’s goals for more communication and partnerships between industry and government in his keynote address …

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Mackenzie Eaglen: FY 2016 Spending Bill to Take Shape After CR

Mackenzie Eaglen, a defense analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, believes Congress will likely execute a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Oct. 1 as lawmakers continue negotiations on the fiscal year 2016 budget. Eaglen wrote in a guest piece published Tuesday on Breaking Defense the spending bill is among other …

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John McCain: Proposed DoD Rule to ‘Undermine’ Silicon Valley Collaboration Efforts

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes that a new proposed rule for the acquisition of commercial products at the Defense Department “undermines” efforts to drive collaboration with Silicon Valley, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes that McCain told Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in a letter that the rule would retain the acquisition status quo at …

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Profile: Susan Gordon, Deputy Director of NGA

Susan Gordon serves as deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and assists the agency director in the management of the National System of Geospatial Intelligence. Prior to assuming her current role in January, Gordon was director of CIA‘s Information Operations Center and senior adviser to the CIA director on cyber matters. She …

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Terry McAuliffe Directs Virginia IT Agency to Expand Cyber Risk Mgmt Activities

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued an executive directive to expand the state’s cyber-related risk management activities in support of efforts to strengthen cybersecurity measures. The governor’s office said in an announcement posted Aug. 31 that Executive Directive 6 mandates the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to update its data and computer systems inventory. The directive also …

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