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GAO Prompts OPM Agencies to Fully Implement Workforce Cybersecurity Assessment, Coding Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that agencies under the Office of Personnel Management fully implement the requirements for baseline cybersecurity assessments and coding procedures for federal finance personnel. The GAO, in a report issued Thursday, said that 13 of the Chief Financial Officers Act’s 24 agencies provided limited assessment accuracy …

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DoD, NASA, GSA Issue Interim Rule to Ban Use of Kaspersky Lab’s Products, Services

The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration have introduced an interim rule that seeks to prohibit federal agencies and contractors from using Kaspersky Lab’s software, hardware and services by Oct. 1. A Federal Register notice posted Friday says the regulation was introduced to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation in compliance with a …

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Report: China Compromised Submarine Warfare Data Stored in Navy Contractor’s Computers

Government hackers in China have breached a U.S. Navy contractor’s computers to steal a collection of sensitive data related to the service branch’s submarines and other undersea weaponry, The Washington Post reported Friday. U.S. officials said China’s ministry of state security that oversees the Asian country’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence …

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GSA’s 18F Integrates ‘Agile’ Methods Into IT Security Certification Process

The General Services Administration’s 18F organization has developed a security certification process for government information technology systems through the use of agile development methods, Nextgov reported Tuesday. 18F’s agile-based authority-to-operate process aims to apply an iterative approach to IT security authorizations and place security work at the start of a project. …

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State Department Issues Recommendations for U.S. Cyber Resilience

The State Department has introduced objectives and international engagement recommendations for President Donald Trump to launch efforts in protecting the cyber interests of the U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Thursday the objectives reflect the federal government’s initiatives in encouraging foreign partners to address virtual threats to modernize cybersecurity approaches …

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DOE Details Gaps in Capability to Mitigate Effects of Cyber Attacks on US Electric Grid

The Energy Department has released a report that assesses the risk of cyber threats to the U.S. power grid. DOE said Wednesday the report “Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities” was prepared in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order that aims to build up the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and …

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