Tag Archives: Defense Department

Air Force, DDS to Administer Cybersecurity Workshops, Hacking Contests in DEF CON Virtual Event; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The Defense Digital Service and the Department of the Air Force plan to host a series of virtual workshops and hacking contests that tackle space system security. The Space Security Challenge 2020 calls for security researchers to take part in a satellite hacking contest and virtual workshops from Aug. 7 to 9 as part of the DEF CON online event.

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Gen. John Raymond: Commercial Partners, Resilient Industrial Base Key to Driving Space Efforts

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of Space Operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said the U.S. must leverage the space industrial base’s commercial expansion to retain the nation’s global leadership. ''By working with commercial partners, we will harness the best of both civil and government technology to further accelerate capabilities and expand the overall space economy,'' he noted.

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NSA Reports on New Cyber Vulnerability in Computers

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a report on a new cyber vulnerability that threatens certain systems present within the Department of Defense and other organizations. The BootHole vulnerability allows cyber actors to get through the Secure Boot security standard that makes devices boot only with software trusted by original manufacturers. 

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Rule Change to Include CMMC Requirements in Contracts On Track; Katie Arrington Quoted

Katie Arrington

The Department of Defense (DoD) is on track with the final step to begin integrating Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements into contracts. The full CMMC program will be implemented over a period of five years and the Pentagon said contractors should expect to see such requirements in a few contracts by the end of 2020.

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House OKs $1.3T Appropriations Minibus for FY 2021

US Capitol

The House on Friday voted 217-197 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would allocate $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2021 funds for several federal agencies, including the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Energy (DoE), Commerce (DOC) and Justice (DOJ).

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Rep. Mike Gallagher: DoD Should Have Greater Visibility of Contractors’ Networks

Rep. Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) said the Department of Defense (DoD) should carry out threat hunting on defense contractors' private networks as part of efforts to build up national cybersecurity. Gallagher cited the need for DoD to have greater visibility of defense companies’ networks.

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Dana Deasy on DoD’s Plans for Cloud-Based CVR Collaboration Tool, Telework

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said conducting pilot programs that permit remote access to more sensitive data is DoD’s next step for a cloud-based collaboration platform that supports employees who are teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic, Defense One reported Thursday.

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Mark Esper Announces Pentagon’s Plan for Troop Drawdown in Germany; Gen. John Hyten Quoted

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, announced that DoD intends to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany in support of U.S. European Command’s plans to reposition those personnel to other locations in line with the implementation of the National Defense Strategy.

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Gov’t-Issued Report Recommends $1B in Allocations for Space Industrial Base; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

A report from over 120 participants in a NewSpace New Mexico virtual conference has recommended the government allow over $1 billion in existing Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA funding to support renewed space commodification efforts.

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