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David McKeown: DOD Eyes Industry Technologies to Support Defense Cybersecurity

David McKeown

David McKeown, the Department of Defense's chief information security officer (CISO) and deputy chief information officer (CIO), has looked on the industry for cybersecurity technologies to defend defense networks. He shared that his agency needs help from private-sector companies to bake in cybersecurity on tools and networks to replace its current practice of purchasing defense capabilities as an add-on feature. 

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Rick Wagner: Microsoft Broadens Cybersecurity Support for Federal Government

Rick Wagner

Microsoft has announced a detailed series of actions the company will be taking in response to the recent Biden Administration initiatives for implementing security tools and best practices to bolster national cybersecurity. In total, Microsoft will be investing $20 billion over the next five years to design and deliver advanced security solutions that will accelerate the nation’s cybersecurity missions.

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DOD Taps Intel for Semiconductor Foundry Project; Pat Gelsinger Quoted

Pat Gelsinger

Intel has won a contract from the Department of Defense to help the semiconductor industry establish and demonstrate an intellectual property ecosystem for the first phase of a chip design and prototyping initiative. Intel said Monday it will work with IBM, Cadence, Synopsys and other companies to build foundry infrastructure under the DOD's Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes-Commercial program.

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White House Appoints Chirag Parikh as National Space Council Executive Secretary

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh, former director of space policy at the National Security Council, has been named executive secretary of the White House National Space Council chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris. He will join the council from Microsoft, where he has served as senior director of Azure Space since January 2020.

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Microsoft Partners With U.S. Army Engineers To Use Azure Cloud For Extreme Weather Modeling

Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the company has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Army engineers use the company’s Azure Government cloud for a system that models extreme weather around coasts. The CRADA stipulates that the Army Engineer Research and Design Center (ERDC) will use CSTORM-MS, a coastal storm modeling system, to demonstrate its scalability in Azure.

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Pentagon Cancels $10B JEDI Cloud Contract; Acting DOD CIO John Sherman Quoted

Pentagon Cancels JEDI

The Defense Department announced that its potential ten-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract, which was first awarded to Microsoft in Oct. 2019, has been canceled due to cloud advancement and the development of other initiatives. "JEDI was developed at a time when the Department’s needs were different and both the CSPs technology and our cloud conversancy was less mature,” said John Sherman, acting DOD CIO. 

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Former CISA Director Christopher Krebs Joins SentinelOne Advisory Board; COO Nicholas Warner Quoted

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, the former director of Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has been named the first advisory board member for SentinelOne, an autonomous cybersecurity platform company. SentinelOne is bringing a proactive and innovative approach to cybersecurity that organizations in the public and private sector really need,” said Krebs.

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Ball Aerospace-Microsoft Team Completes Demonstrations of Cloud-Based Data Processing

Ball Aerospace, teaming with Microsoft, has completed a series of successful demonstrations to showcase the viability of using commercial cloud computing to process and securely deliver actionable information. "Our tests showed that the cloud is, in fact, a viable solution for data processing, exploitation and dissemination of data that is not only fast but also flexible, secure, scalable and resilient," said Steve Smith

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DOD’s Danielle Metz: 17 Impact Level 5 Owners Implement Security Configuration Guides in DOD 365 Cloud Environment

Danielle Metz

Seventeen Impact Level 5 tenant owners have made security configuration changes to a Microsoft 365 cloud environment being developed for use by the Department of Defense, according to Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise at the Pentagon. She added that the team will then move to bring-your-own-approved devices and desktops. 

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CISA Issues Directive on Using Cybersecurity Tools to Detect Microsoft Exchange Server Risks

CISA Cybersecurity Tools

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a supplemental direction to help agencies use new tools for identifying vulnerabilities in their Microsoft Exchange Servers. CISA said Wednesday that the emergency directive recommends agencies to use the Microsoft Safety Scanner or Microsoft Support Emergency Response Tool (MSERT) as well as the Test-ProxyLogon.ps1 script.

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