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Katie Arrington: DoD’s Cyber Certification Model Could Allow for Reciprocity With FedRAMP

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, said DoD considers opening the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative up for a reciprocity process with the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management program to facilitate the transition, FCW reported Friday.

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GSA, DOE Officials on Federal Efforts to Reduce Cyber Risks

The General Services Administration and the Department of Energy are launching initiatives to address cybersecurity risks, Federal News Network reported Friday. Larry Hale, director of information technology security subcategory at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said the agency is taking steps to ensure the security of products agencies procure from acquisition schedules.

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USAF Stands Up Consolidated Cyber Development Center

The U.S. Air Force has established a new center that would address cyber gaps and consolidate enterprise requirements across the service branch. The new Cyberspace Capabilities Center stood up on Nov. 7 and combines three formerly separate entities: the 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron, Air Force Network Integration Center and Air Combat Command’s Cyberspace Support Squadron, USAF said Thursday.

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DHS Unveils SBIR Topics for Fiscal 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has released 11 topics for this fiscal year's wave of small business innovation research projects. DHS said Thursday it released a pre-solicitation with nine topics from the department's Science and Technology Directorate and two others in support of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

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USDA to Address IT Skills Gap in Employees; Gary Washington Quoted

The Department of Agriculture faces the challenge to address the information technology skills gap across the USDA workforce, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Gary Washington, USDA chief information officer, said at a Fedscoop event that the department's adoption of a consolidated, business-focused IT approach has left out the technology awareness of many employees.

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Kevin Cox: DHS Provides Agencies Better Network Visibility Through CDM Program

Kevin Cox, a Department of Homeland Security official, said agencies were able to discover 75 percent more devices within their information technology infrastructure using automated tools offered through DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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DHS Requests Feedback on Vulnerability Assessment Process

The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency seeks third party feedback on an effort to assess infrastructure security. CISA uses a system to gather critical infrastructure data from organizations, but the cost of assessments has risen from $1.8M to $1.9M, DHS said Thursday in a Federal Register notice.

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