Tag Archives: MITRE

DHS, Partners Test Air Domain Awareness Tech for Border Security; Shawn McDonald Quoted

Air Domain Awareness

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate is testing technologies designed to secure the U.S.-Canada border's airspace. “S&T is excited about this opportunity to conduct these air domain awareness demonstrations and test these unique technologies, sensors and capabilities in realistic environments,” said Shawn McDonald, S&T program manager.

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Mitre Unveils Action Plan to Strengthen Biopharma Industrial Base; Monique Mansoura Quoted

Biopharma Industrial Base

Mitre has released an action plan outlining policy, financing and program recommendations to sustain and strengthen a biopharma industrial base as part of efforts to improve national security. The 10-point action plan seeks to address weaknesses in the biopharma industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NIST Seeks Comments for Draft Publication on Cyber-Resilient Systems


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on a draft publication made to help organizations understand cyber resiliency outcomes from the perspective of a systems engineer. The publication, titled “Developing Cyber-Resilient Systems: A Systems Security Engineering Approach,” tackles how organizations can adopt a cybersecurity strategy that allows for internal system defense, instead of external defense, NIST said.

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Mitre Releases NSA-Funded Cyber Defense Framework


The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced a Mitre-developed framework designed to bolster the cyber resilience of national security systems, as well as the defense industrial base. The NSA-funded D3FEND framework provides defensive countermeasures that cybersecurity professionals can use against common cyberattacks. Interested cybersecurity professionals may contract Mitre to submit feedback on the D3FEND framework via this link. 

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CISA Releases Mitre ATT&CK Mapping Guide for Cyberthreat Intelligence Analysts; Eric Goldstein Quoted

Virtual Private Network

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance meant to help network defenders on how to better use the Mitre ATT&CK framework to analyze and report on cybersecurity threats. CISA teamed up with the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute - a federally funded research and development center operated by Mitre for the Department of Homeland Security – to develop the guidance.

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NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

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MITRE Names Gerald Gilbert as MITRE Fellow; Charles Clancy Quoted


MITRE has appointed Gerald Gilbert as a MITRE Fellow to lead and grow quantum science initiatives. “Gerry’s contributions to MITRE and his field run deep – few people in the world have dedicated their lives to this level of expertise and innovation,” said Charles Clancy, chief futurist, senior vice president, and general manager, MITRE Labs. 

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President-Elect Joe Biden Expected to Appoint First National Cyber Director in 2021

White House

Following the compromise of multiple federal agencies as a result of the SolarWinds hack, the expectation is that President-elect Joe Biden will appoint the first national cyber director (NCD), a position the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2021 will create, after taking office Jan. 20th. Montgomery also stated that there’s a “drastic” gap between the cyber defense for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community.

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VA Wraps Up Implementation of IT Updates for Vet Education Benefits; Robert Wilkie Quoted

Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rolled out information technology updates to enable the processing of education benefits. "As VA works to modernize processes, this milestone is an important step in our digital transformation journey — merging people, procedures and technology," said Robert Wilkie, secretary at VA and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner.

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USAF Unveils Anti-Jam Radio Tech for DoD

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force is developing an anti-jam high-frequency radio system meant to enhance the Department of Defense's (DoD) communication capacities with its allies. Mitre collaborated with the Air Force and NATO allies to build an early iteration of SATURN in the 1980's. USAF published the international interoperability specifications for SATURN in a NATO standardization agreement.

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