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GAO Releases Annual Assessment of Major DHS Acquisition Programs

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The Government Accountability Office assessed 24 major acquisition programs of the Department of Homeland Security and found that 19 of those were meeting their cost and schedule baseline goals as of September 2020. GAO said in a report that five DHS acquisition programs remained in breach of either schedule or cost goals or both as of September last year.

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Alejandro Mayorkas Discusses DHS Workforce Initiatives, Cyber Posture

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently discussed how he plans to support the department’s workforce. Mayorkas noted that he will work to provide DHS employees with essential tools to support success across the department. Mayorkas noted that he plans to improve the department’s cyber posture. 

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NASCIO Highlights Harmonized Cyber Regulations in 2021 Fed Advocacy Priorities

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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) plans to focus on providing state and local governments with a cybersecurity grant program, aligning federal regulations on cybersecurity and launching other efforts to ensure governments are capable of defending against increasing cybersecurity attacks. Denis Goulet said the priorities underscore the need to have a "multi-faceted approach to cybersecurity."

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BAE Systems Wins $500M Contract to Upgrade CV90s

BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a more than $500 million mid-life upgrade contract by the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) to deliver new turrets to the Royal Netherlands Army’s fleet of 122 CV90s, with an option for an additional 19 vehicles. BAE Systems’ new CV90 turret will feature an improved design and functionality. 

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MTEC to Develop Prototypes to Link Medical Networks for DoD

Medical Networks

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), composed of medical enterprise technology developers, will work to create prototypes that link medical data, software and situational awareness to create a unified network across different parts of the military, such as research labs and tactical responders. The DoD currently anticipates spending $5.8 million on a prototype, with potential funds for follow-on work.

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GSA Selects Everbridge to Provide CEM Platform; Mike Mostow Quoted

Everbridge

The General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Everbridge’s Mass Notification platform to secure the agency’s employees, facilities and operations. Everbridge’s CEM platform will help keep employees safe and informed across a variety of threats such as a global pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires, cyberattacks, IT outages and more. Everbridge received its FedRAMP authorization in 2018.

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CyberCore Highlights Ways to Improve Cyber Hygiene in 2021; Jennifer Stacey Quoted

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CyberCore has recently published a white paper that has analyzed cyber hygiene and highlighted various ways for businesses to improve their cyber posture. “As we have adapted to changes and remote working, the one thing that wasn’t initially at the top of my mind was Cyber Hygiene,” CyberCore’s director of Business Development and Capture, Jennifer Stacey.

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Mike Pompeo OKs State Department’s Cyberspace Security and Emerging Tech Bureau

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo, secretary of the Department of State, has approved plans to establish a bureau aimed at ensuring the security of U.S. emerging technologies and cyberspace capabilities. The Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies will spearhead U.S. efforts to foster international partnerships and drive the discussion on technology and cyber policy issues.

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SAS Names Bryan Harris as EVP, CTO; Jim Goodnight Quoted

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SAS has appointed Bryan Harris as executive vice president and chief technology officer. With more than two decades of experience, Harris has a deep knowledge of the technology industry, including analytics, cloud and user experience across the public and private sectors. “As CTO, Bryan will push SAS to continue leading the market and drive innovation,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight.

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NETSCOUT Extends Smart Perimeter Protection to AWS; Paul Barrett Quoted

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NETSCOUT SYSTEMS has extended its Smart Perimeter Protection to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company recently reported. The combination of NETSCOUT’s Cyber Investigator (NCI) and CyberStream software with AWS packet access services will enable efficiencies in mitigating novel security threats as enterprises move applications to the cloud. The solution will seamlessly integrate with AWS.

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