Tag Archives: data encryption

Sen. Ron Wyden, Rep. Lauren Underwood Introduce Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., have proposed a bill to improve oversight of federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. “The Federal Cybersecurity Oversight Act would prevent civilian agencies from punting cybersecurity down the road indefinitely, leaving Americans' data open for attack from hackers and foreign spies," said Wyden.

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AWS Launches Amazon AppFlow to Manage Bidirectional Data Flows Between AWS, SaaS; Kurt Kufeld, Sarah Franklin Quoted

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon AppFlow, a fully managed service that provides an easy, secure way for customers to create and automate bidirectional data flows between AWS and SaaS applications without writing custom integration code, the company announced on Thursday

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NIST Sets International Standard for Data Encryption Testing

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the international standard for testing device data encryption, which promises to speed up delivery of technologies from the factory to the U.S. and international markets. NIST announced Tuesday that the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-3 for manufacturers working with the federal government and its international partners. 

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Reuters: White House Refuses to Publicly Support Draft Encryption Bill

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The White House has declined to publicly support the draft legislation co-authored by Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein that will require technology companies to assist law enforcement officers in breaking data encryption, Reuters reported Thursday. Mark Hosenball and Dustin Volz write the White House has reviewed the draft and provided feedback but is presumed to give minimal public acknowledgement …

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Nextgov: OPM Eyes Added Security Requirements for Contractors Handling Fed Personnel Records

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The Office of Personnel Management plans to require government contractors for employee background investigations processes to report cybersecurity incidents within 30 minutes and allow unannounced system inspections by the agency, Nextgov reported Friday. Jack Moore writes that a draft request for proposals released in January indicated the added requirements for OPM contractors …

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CBO: Cyber Bill’s Information System Updates Requirement Would Cost ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Over 5 Years

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A Congressional Budget Office report says a requirement to replace or update information systems within a year under the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 would cost the government “hundreds of millions of dollars” over a five-year period ending in 2020. CBO also estimates that there would be significant costs associated …

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Bill Hix: Army Must Have Access to Existing Comm Networks

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The U.S. Army‘s top brass believes the branch should consider leveraging commercial networks instead of building military-specific communications infrastructure, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Sydney Freedberg writes Army officials attending a National Defense University seminar Wednesday suggested the branch could encrypt data to secure communications over a civilian network. “We need …

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