Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

IRS Outlines Taxpayer Experience, Employee Training Strategies in Congressional Report

IRS

The IRS has submitted a report to Congress outlining strategies to improve the taxpayer experience, employee training and organizational structure to comply with the provisions of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019. The agency’s Taxpayer Experience Strategy includes six components, including expanded digital services, proactive outreach and education and enterprise data management and advanced analytics. 

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GAO Releases Annual Assessment of Major DHS Acquisition Programs

DHS

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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Rep. Mike Gallagher, In-Q-Tel’s Sarah Sewall on Need for US-Allied Minerals Production Efforts

Minerals Production

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., has said the U.S. must work to foster partnerships with “Five Eyes” allies to mitigate reliance on China for critical mineral components. Sarah Sewall, executive vice president of In-Q-Tel, noted that the CSC made good recommendations in its white paper on securing the U.S. supply chain’s mineral resources.

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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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DOD Secretary Nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin Talks Pandemic Response, Military Alliances at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, a retired U.S. Army general and President Biden’s nominee for the defense secretary post, said his top priorities once confirmed would be to address the COVID-19 pandemic, counter extremism within the U.S. and reaffirm military alliances with countries in the Indo-Pacific amid China’s aggression. Gen. Austin expressed support to the Department of Defense’s proactive cybersecurity approach called “defend forward.”

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Katie Arrington: CMMC Seeks to Protect Companies Against Negligence

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of the assistant secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework does not aim to punish companies for failing to anticipate cyber breaches like the SolarWinds hack but to protect them from negligence. 

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NHTSA Publishes Vehicle Cybersecurity Guidance Draft

Cybersecurity

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking inputs for an updated draft of a guidance document that aims to help the vehicle industry further enhance its cybersecurity. NHTSA aims to provide organizations with methods in gauging and responding to residual risks linked with cybersecurity concerns in motor vehicles.

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NASCIO Highlights Harmonized Cyber Regulations in 2021 Fed Advocacy Priorities

NASCIO

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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Rob Joyce Appointed NSA Cybersecurity Director

Rob Joyce

Rob Joyce, special liaison officer for the National Security Agency (NSA) at the U.S. embassy in London, has been named as the next head of NSA's cybersecurity directorate. He will succeed 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Anne Neuberger, who has served as the agency's cyber chief since May 2019 and will transition to a new role as deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology.

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NSA Releases Guidance on ‘DNS Over HTTPS’ Cybersecurity Approach

Cybersecurity

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a guidance on the implementation, benefits and disadvantages of using a form of encrypted Domain Name System to fortify user privacy and authentication procedures. NSA said in the guidance that DNS over Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (DoH) can help prevent DNS traffic breaches and system manipulation resulting from unauthorized access.

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