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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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Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford on How Army CIO Office Supports AI Task Force Across Six Areas

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, has said the service formed in September a new task force that aims to integrate artificial intelligence into the battlefield and business operations, Federal News Network reported Friday. He said in an interview on Ask the CIO that Brig. Gen. Matt Easley, a signal officer, oversees the new AI task force and directly reports to Army Futures Command.

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Nextgov: Federal Agencies Cite June 2015 ‘Cyber Sprint’ for Noncompetitive IT Contracts

Some federal agencies have cited a 30-day “cybersecurity sprint” launched in June 2015 to justify noncompetitive information technology contracts they have awarded, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes the Office of Management and Budget introduced the cyber exercise in order for agencies to address software vulnerabilities, adopt two-factor authentication and …

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White House Develops $19B Cybersecurity Action Plan

The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy meant to help agencies, companies and individuals bolster defense of their computer systems and sensitive data, the Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday. Sara Sorcher writes President Barack Obama’s proposed $19 billion cybersecurity budget for fiscal 2017 includes $3.1 billion for government information technology modernization efforts as part of the Cybersecurity …

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Nextgov: OPM Eyes Added Security Requirements for Contractors Handling Fed Personnel Records

The Office of Personnel Management plans to require government contractors for employee background investigations processes to report cybersecurity incidents within 30 minutes and allow unannounced system inspections by the agency, Nextgov reported Friday. Jack Moore writes that a draft request for proposals released in January indicated the added requirements for OPM contractors …

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Noah Kunin: GSA’s 18F Wants to Help Agencies Adopt Cybersecurity Best Practices

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has provided a list of strategies it believes public and private sector organizations should adopt to minimize cybersecurity risks to their information technology systems. Noah Kunin, director of delivery architecture and infrastructure services at the General Services Administration‘s 18F organization, said in a blog article published …

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Donna Seymour: OPM to Implement Multifactor Authentication for All Smart Card Users by FY 2017

The Office of Personnel Management will require all personal identification verification card users to use multifactor authentication by the end of fiscal year 2017, OPM’s chief information officer told Nextgov in an interview posted Tuesday. Donna Seymour told the publication OPM will also mandate two-step authentication for 80 percent of users who do …

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