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DOE Executive Karen Evans: IoT May Bolster Grid Cybersecurity

Karen Evans, assistant secretary at the Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, is looking to leverage the Internet-of-Things to further secure the energy grid, FCW reported Tuesday. She told CESER researchers that the spread of IoT devices may help operators study cybersecurity threats and make changes to grid security based on assessments.

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DHS Forms Task Force to Address ICT Supply Chain Risks

The Department of Homeland Security has established a task force in charge of addressing issues in the global information and communications technology supply chain.

The department said Tuesday the ICT Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force consists of information technology and communications representatives from the public and private sector who will develop practices for resolving supply chain concerns in the long run.

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DHS Hosts Industry Stakeholder Summit to Address First Responders’ Tech Requirements

The Department of Homeland Security hosted an industry stakeholder summit in August to identify capability gaps and discuss the development of new technology platforms for first responders. DHS’ science and technology directorate collaborated with the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation to conduct the inaugural event, the department said Tuesday.

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DHS Eyes Risk Scoring Tool for CDM Program’s Next Phase

The Department of Homeland Security aims to develop an approach for government chief information security officers to assign and compare risk scores to agency networks, Federal News Network reported Friday.

The 2019 FISMA guidance now requires federal organizations to submit a justification memorandum to procure monitoring products and services not covered under CDM contracts.

The justification document must be sent to the CDM program management office, OMB resource management office and the Federal Chief Information Officer’s cybersecurity team.

OMB has also permitted the use of existing resources that align with CDM requirements but are not acquired through General Services Administration contracts.

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OMB Guidance Sets New Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation Requirements for Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget has issued an updated guidance that outlines new Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program requirements for agencies to comply with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, FedScoop reported Friday. The memo now directs agencies to submit justification should they choose to buy continuous monitoring tools and capabilities outside of the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70 CDM tools special item number, CDM Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense and other contract vehicles.

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