Technology

John McCain: Cyber, Cost-Plus Contracts, Sequestration on Agenda for SASC Chairmanship

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has highlighted cybersecurity, cost-plus contracts and the sequestration as top focus areas as he prepares to take the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense News reported Wednesday. John Bennett writes that McCain told a forum in Washington he sees room for additional action in issues concerning cyberspace, …

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Los Alamos Nat’l Lab Updates Bioinformatics Research Tool; Ben McMahon Comments

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has updated its Sequedex bioinformatics software that works to identify DNA sequences from viruses and other microorganisms to aid medical treatment, research and diagnosis functions. LANL said Monday that the new version classifies DNA fragments by recognizing patterns and linking them to their function and phylogeny based on a database of …

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Roger Clark: New Commerce Dept Enterprise Security Center Works as ‘Intell-Gathering Org’

The Commerce Department has formed a new enterprise security oversight center in a move to expand its role in leadership over the cybersecurity posture of the department’s bureaus, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jared Serbu writes the department intends for the center to further the government’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation effort toward information sharing. Roger …

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DoD Unveils Military Commercial Cloud Strategy

The Defense Department has released a report on its planned approaches to ensure information security as the Pentagon pushes increase adoption of commercial cloud for military systems, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jason Miller writes that the “DoD Cloud Way Forward” guidance includes modified and separate requirements for non-national security systems, new impact levels, a …

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FedRAMP to Release New Standards Draft for High-Impact Systems

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program plans to release a draft document on cloud services standards for high-impact systems this month due to demand from government agencies, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes that FedRAMP Acting Director Matt Goodrich pointed to the increasing adoption of cloud and the Department of Homeland Security‘s continuous diagnostics …

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