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Uncertainties Abound About CERT’s Role

In the event of major cyber attack, who should you call? The answer, it turns out, is less than clear. Ostensibly the government’s  first-responder unit for cybersecurity, CERT, the Computer Emergency Response Team, in fact, does not have investigative or regulatory powers, CERT Director Randy Vickers said at a security …

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Lynn Accepts Cyber Award, Says Window for Cyber Action Closing

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn took home top honors among government cybersecurity leaders at a Washington, D.C., IT-award event this week. Lynn, who was recognized for his efforts to defend military and commercial IT infrastructure and his work shepherding through an information- and resource-sharing agreement between the Pentagon and …

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DoD against Automatically Suspending Indicted Contractors & Other ExecutiveGov Need-to-Read Stories

ExecutiveGov’s round-up of news you need to read to stay up to speed on federal policy impacting the government-contracting community. Carter Says ‘No’ to Automatic Suspension for Indicted Contractors Testifying before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Defense Department’s top acquisition chief said the Pentagon disagrees with the panel’s recommendation …

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Agencies on Track to Meet TechStat Deadline

Federal agencies have until March 31 to hold their first TechStat accountability sessions,  agency-level reviews of  IT projects. And according to an update on CIO.gov, of the 26 agencies that make up the Federal CIO Council, 15 had already done so by Friday. TechStat sessions are  “face-to-face, evidence-based review[s] of …

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Proposed SBA Rules Would Allow Larger Companies to Compete for Small-business Contracts

The Small Business Administration has introduced a number of proposed rule changes that would allow larger companies to participate for small-business set-asides. The proposed rule changes, which affect companies in the professional, scientific and technical-services sectors, would open the field to more than 9,000 additional companies, according to a report …

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NSA Works on Securing Mobile Devices, Cloud Computing

The National Security Agency is developing ways to secure Top Secret information on commercial mobile infrastructure found on such everyday devices as smartphones and tablet computers. Debora Plunkett, director of NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate, told Nextgov in an interview that finding ways to use and secure sensitive information on mobile …

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DHS’ New Cybersecurity Strategy and other ExecutiveGov Need-to-Read Stories

ExecutiveGov’s round-up of news you need to read to stay up to speed on federal policy impacting the government-contracting community.   New DHS Cybersecurity Strategy Automation, interoperability and authentication are the three “building blocks for a healthy cyber ecosystem,” according to a new Department of Homeland Security white paper. InformationWeek …

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