Technology

NSF Wants Public Input on Federal Cyber Tech R&D Plan

The National Science Foundation is asking for input from the public and private sectors on what objectives can be included in federally-funded information technology protection research programs. In a notice posted Wednesday on the Federal Register, NSF said the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act mandates that federal agencies craft a strategic plan …

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DOE to Renew Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis With $75M; Lynn Orr Comments

The Energy Department will renew the five-year-old Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis for another five years under a $75 million funding allocation for the DOE Energy Innovation Hub. The center conducts research on the production of liquid transportation fuels via artificial photosynthesis, which utilizes solar energy, water and carbon dioxide, DOE said Tuesday. …

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State Department’s Christopher Painter Pushes for New Cyber Principles

Christopher Painter, the State Department’s coordinator for cyber matters, said he is developing measures to bolster the nation-states’ trust in cyber technology, FCW reported Monday. During a cyber conference in Georgetown University, Painter proposed that countries exchange points-of-contact and discuss cyber doctrine, noting that establishing cyber norms through a treaty is …

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FBI Outlines Plans to Outsource Cyber Personnel

The FBI plans to release a request for proposal on May 6 to outsource cyber professionals and support services under a $100 million contract, Nextgov reported Monday. Frank Konkel writes the FBI is looking for a contractor that can “recruit, retain and replace” subject matter experts. The subject matter experts …

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Ashton Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has released a new strategic plan for the Defense Department to secure cyberspace operations and strengthen cybersecurity of weapon systems, the Washington Business Journal reported Thursday. Jill Aitoro writes the 42-page cyber strategy document calls for the agency to include security standards in military technology acquisition …

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House Clears Second Cyber Info Sharing Bill in a Week

The House voted 355-63 Thursday to pass a bill to encourage government and industry data sharing on cyber threats and protect companies from disclosure liability, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes the House passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act a day after the chamber approved the Protecting …

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House OKs Bill to Authorize Digital Threat Data Sharing

The House of Representatives passed a cybersecurity bill by a 307-116 vote Wednesday to limit liability for companies that report threat information to the U.S. government, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Jennifer Steinhauer writes the Protecting Cyber Networks Act specifies that businesses and federal agencies must remove any personal …

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