New Collaborative Pilot Program Aims to Bolster DHS Tech Dev’t


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has co-launched a collaborative pilot program that aims to accelerate the development of technologies in support of the DHS mission. DHS said Tuesday its Science and Technology Directorate has partnered with technology company BMNT, nonprofit Common Mission Project and other DHS components to pursue the Hacking for Homeland Security or H4HS pilot program.

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Hypori Releases Top Mobile Device Cybersecurity Safety Trends to Watch in 2021


Hypori Virtual Mobility, Intelligent Waves' subsidiary that specializes in securing BYOD devices of critically sensitive data, has released its “Top Mobile Device Cybersecurity Safety Trends to Watch in 2021,” What Employers and Employees Need to Know to Stay Safe. Hypori’s report has addressed mobile device security trends, including long-term strategies, effective digital tools, location independence to support remote work and resilience against global cybersecurity threats.

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NSA Releases Cybersecurity Advisory on Russian-Backed Threat Actors Exploiting VMware Tools


The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a warning on Russian-backed hackers that utilize a vulnerability in various VMware products to breach protected data housed in affected systems. NSA said on Monday that the cyber threat affects VMware’s Identity Manager, Identity Manager Connector, Access Connector and Workspace One Access tools.

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U.S.-Australia Partnership Aims to Bolster Cyber Defense of Both Countries

Cyber Diplomacy

The U.S. and Australia have formed a partnership that aims to develop a collaborative cyber training platform. U.S. Cyber Command said Friday that it may use Australia-based input to inform the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) under a cyber training capabilities project arrangement. The partnership will provide a shared medium through which the U.S. and Australia may further develop PCTE and boost tactical readiness.

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DoD Improves Command-Centric Operational Framework; Paul Fredenburgh Quoted


The Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DoDIN) has improved at implementing its command-centric operational framework. “Operationalizing the secure, operate-and-defend mission area is at the heart of outmaneuvering adversaries in the cyber domain as we establish priorities for and direct network operations, security actions and unified defensive efforts across DoDIN,” deputy commander Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh said.

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Judy Baltensperger, Kevin Cox Share Plans for CISA’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) plans to provide in 2021 an updated Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program that could help reduce reporting requirements for agencies while helping them improve security. Judy Baltensperger said most of the pilot agencies have moved their infrastructure to the cloud and that data quality certification will likely be carried out by the summer of 2021.

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DISA Eyes Quantum-Resistant Computing Efforts in FY 21

Quantum Research

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking to employ encryption concepts that could help protect defense systems against quantum threats. DISA plans to collaborate with the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on quantum-resistant encryption efforts and could release solicitations to support the initiative.

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DISA Deploys Cloud-Based Internet Browsing Tool for Remote Employees; Angela Landress Quoted


Angela Landress, chief of defensive cyber operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), said her office is working to fortify network security through efforts such as implementing a new cloud-based browsing tool. “When you’re in a government facility around your co-workers you’re held to a standard and your security strategy is always reinforced,” said Landress.

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Katie Arrington: DoD Working With Industry to Position US Supply Chain

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is working to mitigate supply-chain reliance on adversary nations. Arrington said that the Department of Defense seeks to position the U.S. supply chain to address military as well as commercial needs.

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