Tag Archives: Technology and Cybersecurity

Report: DARPA Starting Offensive Cyber Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a program drawing from computer game companies, universities and private sector entities to develop the agency’s cyber capabilities. According to the Washington Post, DARPA is launching a five-year, $110 million research project named Plan X in order to experiment ways the military can …

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Exelis’ David Fastabend On Pentagon-DHS Cyber Program, Recent Industry Event

The departments of Defense and Homeland Security expanded their voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing program with the defense industrial base earlier this month. All industrial base companies are eligible to participate in the DIB Cyber Security/Information Assurance Program. Some 1,000 firms are expected to participate in the program, which Pentagon Deputy Chief …

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Report: Andy Ozment Rejoins White House As A Senior Cyber Director

Former White House employee Andy Ozment has been appointed to rejoin the cyber office as one of two senior directors, Federal News Radio reports. Ozment, currently the Department of Homeland Security’s director for compliance and technology in the chief information security officer’s office, will report to White House cyber head Howard Schmidt, Jason Miller …

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Report: Gwynne Kostin To Head GSA Innovation Center

The White House launched its federal digital strategy Wednesday, establishing a new center focusing on innovative technologies. Gwynne Kostin, director of mobile in the General Services Administration’s office of citizen services and innovative technologies, has been named to head the agency’s new digital services innovation center, the GSA told FedScoop. …

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White House Launches Digital Strategy, Freezes .Gov Domains

The White House launched its digital strategy Wednesday to reform websites, mobility and shared digital services practices. President Obama issued a strategy memo Wednesday as well in order to define implementation guidelines for agencies and departments. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told attendees of a TechCrunch event Wednesday the …

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Navy Lowers NGEN Cost Projections; Shawn Hendricks Comments

The U.S. Navy has reduced the projected $10 billion cost for its Next Generation Enterprise Network contract to between $4.5 and $5.4 billion over five years, Bob Brewin reports on Nextgov. Capt. Shawn Hendricks, NGEN program manager, told reporters on Friday the network will cost between $900 million and $1.07 …

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White House Cyber Head Howard Schmidt Retiring

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is set to retire at the end of May after a two and a half year stint, the Washington Post reports. Schmidt told the Post he plans to retire in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue opportunities to teach …

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Senators Consider Altering Cyber Bill

Following the House’s week of cyber bills in late April, a group of senators is working to get enough votes for their cyber legislation to earn a spot on the floor, The Hill reports. Senate Democrats are trying to win over additional support for a cyber bill currently lacking 60 votes. …

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FEMA Report: States Rank Cyber Preparedness Last In Readiness

The awareness and focus on cybersecurity has increased but a Federal Emergency Management Agency report found that states ranked cyber last among 31 critical areas of readiness, GCN reports. In its National Preparedness Report, FEMA said most stakeholders responsible for protecting the critical infrastructure have put cyber upfront as a …

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