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GAO: Sustained Momentum in Identifying, Implementing Initiatives Key to Uphold Weapon System Cybersecurity

Sustained efforts to develop and implement initiatives to address weapon system cybersecurity challenges are needed to update the Defense Department’s understanding of how to build more secure military tools, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Aims to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Network in an interview published Tuesday that DHS prioritizes efforts to build up its cyber workforce through education. Manfra, assistant secretary for the national protection and programs directorate at DHS’ office of cybersecurity and communications, said her office will assess this month whether personnel need to undergo the Federal Virtual Training Environment and other courses.

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Report: DHS Anti-Email Spoofing Measure in Effect at Multiple Agencies

Email security company Valimail reports that roughly half of federal government domains have implemented an email security protocol in compliance with a directive that the Department of Homeland Security issued nearly a year ago. Valimail’s recent study reveals that the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance standard has been deployed to cover 655 out of 1,315 government domains and has been configured to “enforcement status”— meaning the security protocol is set to reject fake emails.

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DHS Releases Statement on Bloomberg Report on Alleged Server Hacking Incident

The Department of Homeland Security over the weekend issued a statement regarding a Bloomberg report alleging that around 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, have been victimized by a hardware hack carried out by a special unit of the Chinese Army. The DHS said that “at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story.” Amazon and Apple have rejected the Bloomberg story. Super Micro Computer, Inc., the manufacturer of the servers that have reportedly been compromised, has issued a denial as well.

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DoD’s Acting Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity Lays Out Short-Term Plans for Data Protection Efforts

Thomas Michelli, acting deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity at the Defense Department, has said Defense Secretary James Mattis already has a short-term implementation plan to sustain cybersecurity efforts within the department, C4ISRNet reported Friday.

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Katerina Megas: Agencies Must Recognize Cyber Risks in IoT Devices

Katerina Megas, program manager for National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity for Internet of Things program, said in a recent summit that agencies must be aware of challenges that IoT brings in cybersecurity, FCW reported Thursday. Megas leads a program seeking to establish cybersecurity standards that would guide federal agencies' usage of IoT devices.

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Ethical Hackers Identify 150 Vulnerabilities During Hack the Marine Corps Challenge

Participants of a Defense Department-organized bug bounty challenge have discovered almost 150 vulnerabilities in the public-facing websites and services of the U.S. Marine Corps.

HackerOne said Wednesday more than 100 ethical hackers reported the vulnerabilities to the Marine Corps Cyberspace Command during the recent 20-day Hack the Marine Corps program and received over $150,000 for their efforts.

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DHS Undersecretary Says Agency Ready to Defend Elections Against Meddling

Undersecretary Chris Krebs of the Department of Homeland Security said during a recent panel on election cybersecurity that his agency is prepared to fend off any attempts by foreign adversaries to meddle in U.S. elections. At the same panel, National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina talked about cyber operations being carried out by China on social media with the goal of affecting American popular opinion, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

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