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DHS Cyber Assessment Team to Expand Risk Evaluation Role to Operational Tech

The Department of Homeland Security‘s cyber assessment team will extend its cyber risk assessment activities beyond information technology systems to include national critical infrastructure and operational technology, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. The National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services team will get an expanded role as part of an ongoing …

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DHS’ Jeanette Manfra: Agencies Should Adopt ‘Risk-Based’ IT Governance, Procurement Methods

Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, has said she believes federal agencies should factor risks into information technology governance and procurement efforts, FedTech Magazine reported Tuesday. Manfra told audience during her keynote address at the 2017 Symantec Government Symposium held Tuesday that agencies make …

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Report: Election Experts Call for US Voting System Security Funding Boost

Some election experts have urged Congress to give states additional funds to secure voting machines against state-sponsored hackers, USA Today reported. Matthew Blaze, an associate professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, told a House committee during a Nov. 29 hearing that successful breaches of electronic voting systems …

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Matt Goodrich: FedRAMP Creates Playbook to Help Accelerate Agency Cloud Adoption

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has created a playbook meant to help agencies navigate through the government’s cloud authorization process, GCN Magazine reported Monday. The FedRAMP Agency Authorization Playbook describes three phases of the authority-to-operate process, as well as the roles cloud service providers, agencies and third-party assessment …

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ITIF: 91% of Popular Federal Sites Fail to Perform Well in Terms of Speed, Mobile Friendliness

A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has found that approximately 91 percent of most popular U.S. federal websites did not fare well on at least one of the metrics for page-load speed, accessibility, mobile friendliness and security. ITIF said Monday it examined 469 federal websites for the Benchmarking U.S. Government Websites report’s …

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Marine Corps Fields Updated Anti-Tank Weapon Systems

Members of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Marines have fielded four updated anti-tank weapon systems updated by the Marine Corps Systems Command Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank Modernization program team in September. The ATWS platforms were designed to fire tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided missiles and provide long-range, stand-off anti-armor fire support for maneuvering …

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