Technology

Vormetric’s Wayne Lewandowski: Federal Govt’s Cyber Strategy Should Prioritize Encryption, Access Controls

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Wayne Lewandowski, vice president of federal operations at Vormetric, has said the federal government should develop a cybersecurity strategy that focuses on the adoption of encryption and access controls for privileged users in order to safeguard critical data from cyber attacks. Lewandowski wrote in a Federal News Radio commentary published Wednesday …

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House Passes Bipartisan IT Software License Mgmt Reform Bill

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The U.S. House has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill co-authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pennsylvania) and 28 other colleagues that seeks to reform how the federal government manages software licenses. Cartwright’s office said Wednesday the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016 received a 366-0 vote and will work to codify and …

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House Panel OKs DHS Cyber Function Reorg Bill

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The House Homeland Security Committee has approved a bill to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity functions and component responsibilities, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes the bill would have DHS turn its National Protection and Programs Directorate into an operational agency under the name of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, which would be led by …

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National Cancer Institute Unveils Genomic, Clinical Data Platform

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The National Institutes of Health‘s National Cancer Institute has launched the Genomic Data Commons, a unified system designed to store and facilitate sharing of cancer genomic and clinical data. GDC works to centralize and standardize data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and Therapeutically Applicable Research to Generate Effective Treatments programs, which house …

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Air Force Begins Development Work on Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Tool for Fighter Jets

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Engineers at the U.S. Air Force have started development work on an auto-air collision avoidance platform designed to prevent mid-air collisions involving fighter jets, Scout Warrior reported Wednesday. Kris Osborn writes the new platform is based on an auto-ground collision avoidance system that is already installed onboard digital versions of F-16 fighter aircraft. …

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Beth Cobert: OPM Makes Strides in IT Cybersecurity

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Beth Cobert, acting director at the Office of Personnel Management, has said she is confident about the cybersecurity of the agency’s new information technology systems in an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday. She told The Post’s Joe Davidson that OPM moved to implement data protection measures after last year’s breach incident that …

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GSA’s 18F, FEC Add New Tools to Campaign Finance Data Website Through ‘Agile’ Methods, User-Centered Design

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The General Services Administration’s 18F organization has collaborated with the Federal Election Commission to incorporate new tools to FEC’s legacy website designed to help users access and explore finance data related to political campaigns. Leah Bannon and Noah Manger wrote in a blog entry published Tuesday that 18F and FEC used a …

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