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House Passes Bill to Provide Cyber Tools, Training for State & Local Law Enforcement

U.S. House members have voted to approve a bill that would provide tools and training necessary for law enforcement agencies to fight cyber crime at the state and local levels. Rep. John Ratcliffe’s office (R-Texas) said Tuesday the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 would authorize the Hoover, Alabama-based National Computer Forensics Institute, which has …

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DARPA Develops Military System Performance Prediction Tools

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed mathematical tools and methods to help designers understand risks associated with the design and modeling of large military systems such as aerospace vehicles and engines. Research teams under DARPA’s Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems program have developed uncertainty quantification tools to increase chances that new …

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Keith Hall: Lawmakers Should Increase Revenue, Reduce Benefit Program Spending to Help Boost Govt Efficiency

Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office, has said lawmakers need to raise revenues above current projected amounts, decrease spending for major benefit programs or combine such measures to optimize government efficiency. He told the Senate Budget Committee in a written testimony published Wednesday that efforts to address federal deficits should include broader …

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GAO: Rapid ‘Internet of Things’ Adoption Could Pose Security Risks

The Government Accountability Office has warned that the rapid emergence of internet-of-things technologies could present challenges in the areas of information security, privacy, safety, technical standards and economy. GAO said Monday it believes unsecure IoT devices, networks or cloud servers in homes, factories and communities can be compromised in a cyber attack. The …

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Report: NIST to Release New Online Password Security Guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology could release this summer new guidance that recommends the use of long passwords or passphrases to eliminate the need for periodic password changes, Nextgov reported Friday. The guide also calls on government agencies and contractors to allow password length of at least 64 characters; encourage employees to create …

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Melissa Hathaway: Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Would Require 14 Reports on Cyber Issues

Melissa Hathaway, a senior adviser at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, has said President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order will require 14 new reports on various cyber-related areas, BankInfoSecurity reported Thursday. The former White House cybersecurity adviser noted that agencies will need to allocate time and personnel to meet reporting requirements, which …

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James Mattis: Defense Funding Increase to Support Military Readiness, Address Budget Shortfall

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said additional defense funds under the fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill would support efforts to rebuild military readiness and address budget shortfalls facing the Defense Department, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday. Mattis noted that the defense spending boost will aid the campaign against the Islamic State militant group and support ongoing …

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