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Treasury Orders Sanctions on Russian Research Institute Over Malware

Triton Malware

The US Department of the Treasury (USDT) has imposed sanctions on a Russian government-controlled research institute found to be linked to the Triton malware. TsNIIKhM was also found to be surveying at least 20 U.S. electric facilities for cyber vulnerabilities in 2019. The Triton malware targets industrial safety systems at critical infrastructure facilities.

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VA Tests New AI Tool for COVID-19 Mortality Risk Prediction; Gil Alterovitz Quoted

Gil Alterovitz

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is conducting a pilot of an artificial intelligence platform that could help predict a COVID-19 patient’s prognosis and address the individual’s treatment needs. A team at VA began working on the AI tool in early spring using collected data from over 11,000 patients.

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VA Looks to Implement Tokens-Based Multifactor Authentication; Paul Cunningham Quoted

Paul Cunningham

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is planning to roll out a tokens-based approach to user authentication as the department continues to implement telework operations. Paul Cunningham said that the VA has fully implemented multifactor authentication and is looking into “bump and go” authentication techniques that involve physical credentialing through tokens.

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FBI, CISA: Russian Cyber Actor Targets U.S. State, Local Gov’t Networks

Cyber Attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have reported about a Russian state-sponsored cyber actor that has attacked non-federal government and aviation networks. Various state, local, territorial and tribal government bodies within the U.S. have experienced cyber threats from Russia-based actors identified with the names “Berserk Bear,” “Energetic Bear,” “Crouching Yeti,” "Koala," "TeamSpy," “Dragonfly,” and “Havex," CISA said Thursday.

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DLA, GSA Officials Talk Supply Chain Mgmt Priorities

Supply Chain Mgmt

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has employed additive manufacturing and other techniques in its supply chain operations to support missions including the delivery of 10,000 face shields to health workers in New York City. Sly Ahn noted that the agency also used a “reverse logistics approach” to its missions beyond COVID-19 response. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Nearing Completion of Planning for Systems-Focused Command

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. Space Force is in the final stages of planning a technology research-focused field command. The service branch's future Space Systems Command would lead and manage efforts to design, develop and procure satellites and other space technologies.

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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Support National Guard’s State Cybersecurity Contributions; Maggie Hassan Quoted

Sen. Maggie Hassan

Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have introduced a bill to help the U.S. National Guard support cybersecurity modernization across state and local governments. The bill would allow state governors to request the National Guard for help to keep critical infrastructure systems secure, Hassan's office said Wednesday.

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QTS Launches Mega Data Center to House Hyperscale Deployments; Chad Williams Quoted

Chad Williams

QTS Realty Trust has opened a new 495 thousand gross square foot mega data center on its Atlanta Metro campus. QTS Atlanta-Metro Data Center 2 (DC2) features 240 thousand square feet of data hall space and 72 megawatts of power capacity. "We are opening our new mega data center," said Chad Williams, CEO, QTS.

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SAIC Publishes Report on COVID-19 Effect on Work Operations; Mark Forman Quoted

Mark Forman

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has published an independent survey, conducted by Market Connections, of C-level federal government executives. The survey gauged their opinions of how COVID-19 has shifted the workforce. “The pandemic introduced unprecedented challenges for federal agencies, especially those in agencies charged with public health and economic security,” said Mark Forman, vice president, digital government strategy, SAIC. 

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AECOM Completes $170M Healthcare Facility Project; Juan Alfonso Quoted

AECOM

AECOM has completed the $170 million project of Christine Lynn Rehabilitation Center for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial. “AECOM is proud to have partnered with Jackson Heath System to bring The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center to life for Miami-Dade County,” said Juan Alfonso, AECOM’s Florida program and project management lead. 

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