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GAO: DHS’ CIO Office Should Take Principal Role in Joint Requirements Council

The Government Accountability Office has said that the Department of Homeland Security‘s Office of the Chief Information Officer should serve as a principal on the reinstated Joint Requirements Council to help minimize risks in information technology programs. GAO said Monday a formal and consistent role for OCIO could help address “poorly developed requirements” …

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DoD Joint Staff Issues Cybersecurity Warning Against Lenovo Computers, Handheld Devices

The Defense Department‘s Joint Staff has warned against the use of equipment such as computers and handheld devices from China-based manufacturer Lenovo due to concerns over cyber spying on Pentagon networks, The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday. Bill Gertz writes a J-2 intelligence directorate report stated cybersecurity officials have discussed how Lenovo devices …

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Mary Davie: GSA Adds 15 Vendors Under New Schedule 70 Cyber Special Item Numbers

The General Services Administration has awarded 15 vendors spots under four new special item numbers for “highly adaptive” cybersecurity services as part of GSA’s Information Technology Schedule 70 contract vehicle. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner at GSA’s integrated technology services branch, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that agencies can now place task orders or establish blanket purchase …

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Reports: US Authorities Examine Cyber Attack on DNS Provider Dyn

U.S. authorities are investigating a distributed-denial-of-service attack that hit internet performance management company Dyn‘s managed domain name system infrastructure, USA Today reported Friday. Eli Blumenthal and Elizabeth Weise write that Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and PayPal were among the websites hobbled by the DDoS attack on the Dyn service Friday. The report said security experts believe the source of attack …

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Profile: John Felker, Director of DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

John Felker has served as the director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the Department of Homeland Security since August 2015. He manages the NCCIC’s day-to-day cybersecurity information sharing, incident response and coordination functions. Before he joined DHS, Felker worked as director of cyber and intelligence strategy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for two …

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DOT’s IG: Cyber Incident Handling ‘Ineffective, Incomplete’

The Transportation Department‘s inspector general has called DOT’s handling of cybersecurity incidents “ineffective and incomplete” in an audit the IG conducted on the agency’s information systems and networks. DOT’s IG said Thursday it evaluated how the department monitors, reports, detects and resolves cyber incidents and also informs authorities of both the event and resolution. The IG said DOT did …

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