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SecurityScorecard: Gov’t Agencies Lag Behind 17 Industries in Cyber Posture

A SecurityScorecard report indicates that the U.S. government lags behind 17 private industries such as the healthcare, transportation and retail sectors when it comes to cyber hygiene and reaction time to data breaches. The company said Thursday it analyzed 35 breach incidents that occurred across 600 federal, state and local agencies from April 2015 to …

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Gayle Smith: USAID Contest to Seek Methods, Tools Against Zika Virus

The U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $30 million in a competition for innovators worldwide to help create approaches and technologies to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said Wednesday the agency will seek ideas on how healthcare organizations can stem the Zika outbreak and better prepare for public health threats through Combating …

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Rep. Will Hurd: DHS Should Assist State, Local Agencies in Cyber Threat Mgmt

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has said the Department of Homeland Security can serve as a resource for state and local government agencies to determine strategies against sophisticated cyber threats, GCN reported Wednesday. Hurd told the publication he believes conversations between leaders at all levels of government are necessary to secure U.S. critical infrastructure. He proposed a …

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Will Roper: SCO Supports Pentagon’s 3rd Offset Strategy Through Defense Tech Repurposing Efforts

The Defense Department‘s strategic capabilities office aims to repurpose existing military technologies in support of the agency’s third-offset strategy against threats posed by U.S. adversaries, DoD News reported Tuesday. “We selected the area of repurposing not based on fiscal requirements or because we were told go repurpose stuff, but we think it… is …

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DOJ, FTC: Consolidation Reviews Key to Ensure Fair Defense Market Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have pledged to continue to work with the Defense Department to ensure that planned mergers and acquisitions in the defense industry will not impair competition among contractors. “Our mission in reviewing proposed defense industry consolidation is to ensure that our military continues to receive …

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The Hill: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Proposes Email Privacy Bill Amendment

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has proposed a substitute amendment to the Email Privacy Act ahead of the panel’s markup of the bill on Wednesday, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Mario Trujillo writes the bill would update the decades-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act and requires law enforcement personnel to obtain a warrant before they compel a technology …

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DNI James Clapper Signs Off on Intell Transparency Council

National Intelligence Director James Clapper signed a charter April 5 to formally establish a new council to help intelligence agencies implement transparency strategies. The Intelligence Transparency Council was formed out of a working group that comprises senior intelligence officials who have worked to create the Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the community, …

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Motherboard: Sensitive US Gov’t, Business Data Targeted By ‘APT6’ Hacker Group

FBI disclosed that a foreign group of hackers has infiltrated multiple U.S. government and commercial computer networks as early as 2011 to steal sensitive information, Motherboard reported April 4. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai writes the publication obtained an FBI notice that lists websites used by the Advanced Persistent Threat 6 group, or APT6, as command-and-control servers …

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