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NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Remains at Risk of Cyber Attacks

The problems with cybersecurity controls that contributed to previous data breaches at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California remain unresolved, which may put the research center at risk of cyber attacks, according to a new report by the agency’s inspector general. “Over the past 10 years, JPL has experienced several notable cybersecurity incidents that have compromised major segments of its IT network,” the IG said in the report issued Tuesday

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GAO: Feds Need New Guidance to Protect Online Applications

A new report by the Government Accountability Office calls for new guidance on implementing alternative methods for knowledge-based verification to better secure online applications for government benefits. 

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AECOM to Spin Off John Vollmer-Led Management Services Business

The board of directors at AECOM approved the company's plan to separate its management services group as a new publicly traded company to primarily serve national government clients. AECOM said Monday that it expects to complete the spinoff in the second half of its 2020 fiscal year and retain John Vollmer, the segment's president and a 2019 Wash100 winner, along with the current management team in the leadership of the future independent company.

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Pentagon Plans to Implement Cyber Standards for Contractors

The Department of Defense intends to implement new cybersecurity standards for government contractors by January 2020, FedScoop reported Friday. DoD will work with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute to develop the proposed standards - Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification.

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Chinese Investments in US Startups Drop Amid Wider Scrutiny of Tech Deals

Chinese-backed venture capital firms are closing U.S. offices, reducing their U.S. investments or changing the structure of their investments to avoid scrutiny from government regulators as U.S. startups shy away from Chinese investors amid rising tensions between the two countries, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Research firm Rhodium Group said Chinese investments in U.S. startups hit record levels in early 2018 but started to drop in May 2018.

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents Julian Setian, President and CEO of SOS International, His First Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Julian Setian, president and chief executive officer of SOS International, with his first Wash100 Award on Wednesday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Setian for leading acquisitions and military contracts to help grow SOSi’s client base and expand into cybersecurity, data analytics and software development.

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Rep. Will Hurd Presents Bipartisan Bill for IoT Security

Rep. Will Hurd, a 2019 Wash100 awardee, unveiled a bipartisan legislation to create minimum requirements on Internet of Things devices used by the government. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 will require government-purchased devices to meet security standards to maintain the privacy of government networks and personal data from hackers, the office of Will Hurd said Wednesday

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NGA to Help States Work on Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Election

The National Governors Association picked six states to enhance interagency operations and communications ahead of the 2020 election. Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia will work with NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety division to boost cybersecurity, promote cooperation and create statewide response plans for attacks on election systems, the organization said Wednesday

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