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House OKs Bill to Reinstate State Dept Cyber Office

The House on Wednesday passed by a voice vote a bill that would put back a State Department office that works to facilitate negotiations on international cybersecurity policies, The Hill reported Wednesday. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-California) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-New York), the House panel’s ranking member, …

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Will Graves: DoD to Assess 5 Biometric Tech Platforms

Will Graves, deputy project manager and chief engineer for biometrics at the Defense Department, has said that DoD will evaluate five different biometrics technologies this year, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. The report noted the department seeks to explore the potential use of contactless, facial recognition, rapid DNA, video analytics …

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GSA to Update Acquisition Regulation With Data Security, Cyber Incident Reporting Requirements

The General Services Administration has announced plans to amend the GSA Acquisition Regulation to integrate new information security and cyber incident reporting requirements for government contractors and contracting officers as part of its unified regulatory agenda. A Federal Register notice posted Friday says GSA plans to require contractors to protect agency-related …

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Bill Would Penalize Credit Reporting Agencies for Consumer Data Breaches

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced a bill that would penalize credit reporting agencies in the event of a security breach that affects consumer data. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to directly supervise CRAs’ data security measures; impose penalties on CRAs …

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Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Bill Clears House

The House voted Tuesday to pass a bill that would mandate the Department of Homeland Security to provide lawmakers more information on DHS’ policies and procedures for disclosing cyber vulnerabilities to industry, The Hill reported Tuesday. House members approved the Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Act nearly two months after the Trump administration issued a …

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DARPA Program Aims to Secure COTS Components for Military Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has introduced a program that seeks to address security risks from commodity off-the-shelf devices and increase the security of network-connected systems. DARPA said Tuesday it aims to create a system that can automatically deploy, generate and secure configurations of military components and subsystems through the agency’s …

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