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OMB Sets 2018 Deadline for Annual FISMA Reports

The Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum that requires federal civilian agencies to submit their annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act reports to OMB and the Department of Homeland Security by March 1, 2018, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Agencies should also file their FISMA reports with the Government …

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Report: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Asks DoD Over Cyber Risks Linked to Foreign Govt Source Code Reviews

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) has asked the Defense Department to provide information on how it handles security risks associated with DoD’s software platforms that have undergone foreign government reviews, Reuters reported Wednesday. Shaheen’s Tuesday letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis came weeks after the news agency reported earlier this …

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DHS Convenes Govt Council for Election Systems Security

The Department of Homeland Security has convened a new government council for election infrastructure security in cooperation with the Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State and election officials across U.S. DHS said Saturday the Government Coordinating Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector is comprised of three members from …

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Reports: Classified Data Not Compromised in 2016 Australian F-35 Info Breach

The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office has said a cybersecurity breach of technical aircraft information from an Australia-based supplier in summer 2016 did not compromise sensitive data, Defense News reported Friday. F-35 JPO spokesman Joe DellaVedova told Defense News the office was aware of the hacking incident that affected non-classified information. Reuters …

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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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