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DISA Launches Zero Trust Reference Architecture; Brandon Iske, Joe Brinker Quoted

Zero Trust Reference

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has unveiled the Pentagon’s first zero trust reference architecture that seeks to protect critical assets from threat actors by embedding security throughout the network. DISA worked on the reference architecture in collaboration with the DOD chief information officer, National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

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Gen. John Hyten: JROC Eyes May Release of New Acquisition Requirements Guidance

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, said the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) is set to release by the end of May new guidance to help accelerate the acquisition process for four key areas that are part of the Department of Defense’s joint warfighting concept.

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James Geurts: DOD Officials Ramp Up Efforts to Improve Procurement Process

James Geurts

James Geurts, who currently performs the duties of the undersecretary of the Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said Department of Defense (DOD) officials are increasing efforts to reform the acquisition process. He said such reform efforts could help officials achieve the speed and scale in the acquisition process that could “empower the workforce.”

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Brandon Wales: CISA to Pilot ‘Threat Hardened Cloud Environment’

Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said CISA plans to test secure cloud instances using some of the $650 million in funds the agency received through the American Rescue Plan in response to the SolarWinds hack. He also cited plans to establish the Joint Cyber Planning Office and continue recruitment efforts.

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Navy Announces Transition to ‘Flank Speed’ Cloud Collaboration Platform

Flank Speed

The Navy workforce will begin transitioning to the Microsoft 365 cloud-based collaboration and productivity environment on June 1. The service will issue a series of emails to approximately 266,000 personnel who are using Commercial Virtual Remote and Navy Marine Corps Internet O365 for them to gain access to the new M365 cloud environment called Flank Speed.

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FedRAMP Issues Guidance on Remote Data Center Testing

Remote Data Center

The Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) is permitting remote testing of certain data centers run by cloud service providers. “All remote testing must be explicitly detailed in the Security Assessment Plan (SAP) as well as any test cases used and any modifications to the test cases that were made to facilitate the remote testing,” the blog post states.

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House Panel Schedules Postal Service Reform Bill Markup; Art Sackler Quoted

U.S. Postal Service

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is set on Thursday to introduce reforms to the U.S. Postal Service. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House panel, and ranking member James Comer, R.-Ky., unveiled the final version of the 2021 Postal Service Reform Act on Tuesday. The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service supports the measure. 

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FBI Links Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack to ‘Darkside’ Group

Ransomware Attack

The FBI issued a statement on Monday attributing the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline’s networks to the ransomware group called Darkside. The bureau said it was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on Friday and that it continues to work with government partners and the company on the investigation with regard to the breach.

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NSA, CISA, ODNI Issue ‘Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure’ Analysis Paper


The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) have released an analysis paper that assesses vulnerabilities associated with the adoption of 5G technology. The document analyzes the major threat vectors across 5G domains and those are policy and standards, supply chain and 5G systems architecture.

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Industry Experts Share Views on GSA’s Transactional Data Reporting Pilot

GSA Transactional Data

Some industry experts have expressed their views on the Transactional Data Reporting pilot program after the General Services Administration reported steady progress with TDR. In late April, Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive at GSA’s office of government-wide policy, wrote in a blog post that the TDR pilot exceeded targets in three of nine evaluation metrics for fiscal year 2020: contract-level pricing, small business performance and data completeness

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