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Maria Roat: SBA Addresses Cyber Threats Amid Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Maria Roat, chief information officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said SBA’s security operations team is implementing SBA Connect authentication for new capabilities and performing penetration testing to address data security issues during the coronavirus pandemic, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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Air Force Advances ‘White Hat’ Hacking; Lauren Knausenberger Quoted

The U.S. Air Force is increasing its use of ethical hackers to simulate cyber attacks on its information technology networks and Lauren Knausenberger, chief transformation officer at the service, said a $75 million blanket purchase agreement the service signed with cybersecurity firm Dark Wolf in February is an example of that, FedScoop reported Monday.

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Kevin Smith: Census Bureau Launches Cyber Measures to Address Potential Risks

Kevin Smith, chief information officer of the Census Bureau, said the agency will ensure encryption of data as it anticipates receiving 60 percent of its responses online for the 2020 count, FCW reported Wednesday. Smith said during an event Tuesday that the bureau will seek the help of intelligence agencies to support its cybersecurity efforts for Census 2020.

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GSA to Combine Four Cybersecurity Special Item Numbers on IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration has proposed to consolidate into a single vehicle four special item numbers for cybersecurity services on its IT Schedule 70 in an effort to reflect the addition of high value asset assessments area. GSA said Wednesday the proposed single Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services SIN 132-45 will have five subcategories for cyber services.

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Report: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Eyes Cyber-Focused Inspector General

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) plans to create a new inspector general post that would investigate federal agencies’ networks for cyber vulnerabilities, FCW reported Wednesday. Whitehouse said the establishment of a cyber IG role would help facilitate the recruitment of cyber professionals to perform computer security and penetration testing functions. …

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Mary Davie: GSA Adds 15 Vendors Under New Schedule 70 Cyber Special Item Numbers

The General Services Administration has awarded 15 vendors spots under four new special item numbers for “highly adaptive” cybersecurity services as part of GSA’s Information Technology Schedule 70 contract vehicle. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner at GSA’s integrated technology services branch, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that agencies can now place task orders or establish blanket purchase …

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GSA Creates 4 New Schedule 70 Cyber Special Item Numbers

The General Services Administration has established four special item numbers for “highly adaptive” cybersecurity service offerings under GSA’s Information Technology Schedule 70 contracting vehicle to support the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. GSA said Monday all Schedule 70 vendors that offer penetration testing, incident response, cyber hunt and risk and vulnerability assessment services will …

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Michael Huerta: FAA Creates Cyber Committee to Prepare Against Nat’l Airspace Disruption

The Federal Aviation Administration has established a cybersecurity streering committee to help prevent disruptions in the national airspace system and manage FAA networks connected to next-generation platforms, Federal Times reported Wednesday. Aaron Boyd writes Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, told the station the administration has deployed next generation programs such as …

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