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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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Mac Thornberry: FY 2016 Defense Authorization Bill Deal Close

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Congress is close to a deal on provisions in the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday. Bill Gertz writes that the lawmaker told the publication House and Senate negotiators are near an …

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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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