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DHS, Air Force Set Sights on Aviation Cybersecurity; Will Roper Quoted

The Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify airliners’ risks to cyber attacks, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. DHS teamed up with the departments of Transportation and Defense on the reconstituted cybersecurity program, which will involve limited aircraft testing.

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Rep. Will Hurd Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020 “in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.” Hurd, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in an editorial published Thursday about the “generational challenges” facing the U.S., including the geopolitical competition with China, the increasing incidents of cyber attacks and competition for leadership in the field of artificial intelligence.

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Army Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski: Getting Defense Contractors ‘Off the Net’ Could Help Address Cyber Threats

Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, principal military deputy to the Army acquisition chief, said he believes investing in resources like information technology systems to pull some defense contractors “off the net” could be the best move as the service continues to face cybersecurity challenges, Army Times reported Tuesday.

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Charles Rettig: IRS Needs $2.7B in Funds Over Six Years to Back IT Modernization Plan

Charles Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said the agency needs $2.3 to $2.7 billion in additional funds over the next six years to execute its information technology modernization plan, FCW reported Thursday. He told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday the funds would help the IRS comply with the 2017 tax reform bill, Affordable Care Act and other laws that demand IT transformation.

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Kirstjen Nielsen: Feds Doing ‘Too Little’ to Build a Cyber Secure US

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the federal government should increase efforts to protect agencies, industry, academia and the public from hackers supported by other countries since the U.S. today “is not prepared” for a foreign cyber attack, The Hill reported Monday. “It’s not just U.S. troops and government agents on the frontlines anymore. It’s U.S. companies. It’s our schools and gathering places. It’s ordinary Americans,” Nielsen said during a speech at the George Washington University. 

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