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NIST Looks to Develop Common Cyber Standards for IoT Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology solicited comments from industry partners as it works on a set of cybersecurity standards for manufacturers and users of internet of things-based devices, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. NIST officials held a workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md.-based headquarters Tuesday to seek industry feedback on an IoT risk management report released in June.

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Army Research Office Funds AI-Based Energy Storage Research Project

The Army Research Office unveiled an initiative to validate materials that may work to modernize energy storage functions through the use of artificial intelligence, FCW reported Monday. The U.S. Army has funded a research team from Cornell University to assist in the study of potential element combinations that may yield alloy components for battery storage capabilities.

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Lorin Selby: Navy’s Predictive Maintenance Systems Must Enable Rapid Decision-Making

Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, chief engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command, said at an American Society of Naval Engineers symposium that the Navy wants to deploy a sensor-based maintenance system, USNI News reported Monday. Selby told attendees that he wants to implement a way of generating software code to accelerate the decision-making process based on the Enterprise Remote Monitoring system’s predictive maintenance alerts for components such as engines, turbines and various hull, mechanical and electrical systems.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Research & Engineering Office Makes 5G a Top Priority

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that 5G deployment is one of the technology programs being prioritized by his office, C4ISRNET reported Monday. “What we’re trying to do in the department with 5G is to make available our, broadly speaking, requirement set, whether it be depots or ports or airfields or autonomous vehicles or so on,” he told reporters at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala.

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CISA Director Chris Krebs: 2020 Elections Need Paper Ballots

Chris Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, spoke about the importance of backup paper ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections, CNN reported Friday. The paper ballot backups are necessary to perform audits that information technology is not capable of, he said during the DEFCON cyber conference that took place from Aug. 8 to 11. 

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Federal Government to Solicit Anonymous Info on Cyber Vulnerabilities

The federal government is testing the use of a portal through which ethical hackers would report cyber vulnerabilities in software, Cyberscoop reported Friday. Interested contributors would submit input via SecureDrop, an open source software that allows individuals to anonymously submit input such as information on cyber weaknesses.

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NOAA to Seek Info on New Earth Observation Concepts; Karen St. Germain Quoted

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to solicit for input on geostationary orbit and low Earth orbit observation next month, Space News reported Thursday. The agency will seek out information on instruments and missions that address findings of an existing study to establish a resilient, agile space architecture. 

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