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OMB’s Grant Schneider: US Digital Service, 18F Should Support Other Agencies’ Cybersecurity Efforts

Grant Schneider, acting federal chief information security officer at the Office of Management and Budget, has said the U.S. Digital Service and the General Services Administration’s 18F organization should continue to support other agencies in their efforts to address data breaches and other cybersecurity issues, MeriTalk reported Tuesday. Morgan Lynch writes …

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GAO: DHS Launches Multiple Efforts to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Posture

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Homeland Security implemented multiple initiatives to protect federal systems from cyber intrusions and attacks. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that DHS introduced the National Cybersecurity Protection System in a move to detect and mitigate malicious network traffic. DHS also runs a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program …

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DHS Adds Encryption Requirement to Radio Equipment Compliance Standards

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced an encryption requirement to a suite of standards for first responder radio platforms. DHS said Monday radio equipment that need encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard 256 to meet the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program‘s requirements. “The proliferation of proprietary and non-standard encryption capabilities has made …

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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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NASA Project Seeks to Demo GN&C Tech for Space Exploration

NASA‘s human exploration and operations mission directorate will launch a flight campaign that seeks to demonstrate guidance, navigation and control technologies designed to facilitate precision landing for space exploration missions. NASA said Saturday it will test the Navigation Doppler Lidar and the Lander Vision System through April as part of the Co-Operative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies project. …

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House Bill Seeks to Classify Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure

Three House Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would classify election systems as critical infrastructure in an effort to protect U.S. elections from future international cyber attacks. The Securing America’s Future Elections Act was introduced in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Wisconsin) …

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Thomas Bossert: Trump Administration to Pursue Federal IT Modernization

Thomas Bossert, an adviser to President Donald Trump on homeland security and counterterrorism, has said the Trump administration will pursue information technology modernization projects as part of efforts to secure federal networks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Meredith Somers writes Bossert said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted cybersecurity forum …

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