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Cybercom Uses New Authority to Expedite Cyber Tech Procurement

The U.S. Cyber Command has started to use its new acquisition authority to accelerate contract awards for cyber technology products and services. Cybercom issued its first contract through the authority on Sept. 29 for information technology-related research and technical information services that are meant to aid future acquisition decisions, the command said …

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State Dept Looks to Adopt Blockchain Tech for Reorganization

The State Department plans to employ blockchain technology in efforts to optimize operations as part of a department-wide reorganization, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. The reorganization was ordered by the Trump administration in March to help the department increase employee productivity and save money. “We’re interested to learn whether blockchain technology could …

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Small Business Cyber Support Bill Clears House

The House has voted unanimously to pass a bill that would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to offer guidance for small businesses to identify and address cybersecurity risks. The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act would direct the agency’s director to consult with other federal agency leaders to disseminate guidelines, methods, tools …

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Report: Barry West Named Acting DHS Deputy CIO

Barry West, a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security, has been named deputy chief information officer of DHS effective Oct. 15, FedScoop reported Tuesday. Interim DHS CIO Steve Rice said in an e-mail to staff that West will serve in a limited-term senior executive service appointment as senior adviser and as deputy …

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CBO: US Ports Cybersecurity Bill Would Cost $38M Through 2022

A Congressional Budget Office report says a proposed bill that would address the cybersecurity of U.S. ports would cost $38 million to implement over the 2018 to 2022 period. The Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 would also authorize the U.S. Coast Guard to undertake cybersecurity-related activities, CBO …

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Issues Executive Order to Create Statewide Cybersecurity Plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the state’s homeland security office to collaborate with other government agencies, companies and academic institutions to develop a statewide cybersecurity preparedness framework. Hogan’s office said Thursday Executive Order 01.01.2017.22 calls for the analysis of current plans and development of best practices to guard state government systems against …

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White House Cyber Chief Rob Joyce Raises Concerns on US Intellectual Property Theft

Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity coordinator, has said U.S. companies could fall victim to intellectual property theft when revealing their source code to foreign governments in order to do business in other countries, FCW reported Tuesday. Joyce said at the Washington Post’s Cybersecurity Summit that the security aspects of source …

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Chris Wlaschin: HHS Cyber Center Aims to Distill Threat Info For Healthcare Sector

Chris Wlaschin, chief information security officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, has said that HHS works to extract key threat information for industry through the newly established Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, MeriTalk reported Tuesday. He told audience at an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology event held …

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