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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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NASA Project Seeks to Demo GN&C Tech for Space Exploration

NASA‘s human exploration and operations mission directorate will launch a flight campaign that seeks to demonstrate guidance, navigation and control technologies designed to facilitate precision landing for space exploration missions. NASA said Saturday it will test the Navigation Doppler Lidar and the Lander Vision System through April as part of the Co-Operative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies project. …

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House Bill Seeks to Classify Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure

Three House Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would classify election systems as critical infrastructure in an effort to protect U.S. elections from future international cyber attacks. The Securing America’s Future Elections Act was introduced in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Wisconsin) …

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Thomas Bossert: Trump Administration to Pursue Federal IT Modernization

Thomas Bossert, an adviser to President Donald Trump on homeland security and counterterrorism, has said the Trump administration will pursue information technology modernization projects as part of efforts to secure federal networks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Meredith Somers writes Bossert said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted cybersecurity forum …

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Air Force Updates Cyber Risk Mgmt Framework for Airmen

The U.S. Air Force‘s chief information security office has introduced an updated risk management framework that covers formal policies and processes for the service branch to assess, manage and validate the cybersecurity risks of tools and systems that airmen operate. The redesigned framework calls for the Air Force to shift adopt a …

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FedRAMP Extends Feedback Deadline for ‘Tailored’ Baseline for Low-Risk Cloud Platforms to April 24

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program has pushed back from March 17 to April 24 the deadline for public comments on the proposed baseline that seeks to expedite the authorization of low-risk, software-as-a-service cloud platforms. FedRAMP said Monday it decided to extend the public feedback period for the Tailored baseline in response …

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Reports: Trump Picks NSA Veteran Rob Joyce as White House Cyber Coordinator

President Donald Trump has chosen Rob Joyce, head of the National Security Agency‘s Tailored Access Operations division, to serve as the next White House cyber coordinator, Nextgov reported Monday. Joseph Marks writes that Joyce will oversee cybersecurity policies and initiatives in the federal government. Joyce has worked for more than two decades at NSA …

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OMB: Federal Agencies Reported 30,899 Cybersecurity Incidents to DHS in FY 2016

A report from the Office of Management and Budget says federal agencies reported 30,899 cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team during fiscal year 2016. Grant Schneider, acting federal chief information security officer, wrote in a White House blog post that the annual Federal Information Security Modernization …

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Senate Bill Would Expand DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have introduced a bill that seeks to expand the Defense Department‘s scholarship program for college students pursuing cybersecurity degrees. Kaine’s office said Thursday the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would provide $10 million to DoD’s scholarship fund for fiscal year 2018. The bill would …

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