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Christopher Krebs: CISA Hasn’t Yet Seen ‘Coordinated’ Foreign Effort to Influence US Elections

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said CISA has not seen a “coordinated” effort of foreign election interference to date.

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FCC Advances Secure Networks Act Implementation

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started integrating into its supply chain rulemaking proceeding provisions of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act in an effort to safeguard the country’s communications infrastructure from security threats.

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DCSA Offers Update on Security Clearance Processing Times, Adjudications

Pentagon

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has seen the number of security clearance investigations rise to approximately 205,000, but the figure is still within DCSA’s “steady state” target of between 200,000 and 225,000 in active investigations. “The inventory has slightly increased over the past few weeks, mostly due to the COVID-related impacts,” Heather Green, director of DCSA’s Vetting Risk Operations Center. 

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton: DoD Eyes Launch of Zero Trust Architecture by Year’s End

Nancy Norton

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and a 2018 Wash100 Award recipient, said DISA is collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) and other agencies to develop and release by the end of 2020 an initial zero trust architecture in an effort to strengthen cybersecurity across the Department of Defense (DoD).

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Frequently Asked Questions in New OMB Guidance Address Acquisition Efficiencies

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued additional guidelines to help ensure the resiliency of the federal acquisition workforce and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questions address acquisition efficiencies, ways to track procurement activities and paid leave for contractor employees under Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, among others.

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Federal CISOs on Addressing Telework-Related Cybersecurity Challenges

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Chief information security officers at federal agencies are working to address cybersecurity challenges related to having a remote workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Venice Goodwine, CISO at the Department of Agriculture, discussed the need for CISOs to address the issue of data access and the role of zero trust in addressing the visibility question.

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Gil Alterovitz: VA Tests Artificial Intelligence ‘To-Go’ Delivery Model 

Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said VA is testing an AI ‘to-go’ delivery model to help medical centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that one of those AI modules was embedded in a department’s patient dashboard for use by veterans.

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House Panel OKs $694.6B Defense Spending Bill for FY 2021

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The House Appropriations Committee voted 30-22 to pass a bill on Tuesday to authorize $694.6 billion in fiscal year 2021 funds for the Department of Defense (DoD). The measure reflects a $3.7 billion drop from the president’s budget request and a $1.3 billion increase from the FY 2020 enacted level.

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