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Detail of the Space Surveillance Telescope’s structure. Photo courtesy Department of Defense.

DARPA transfers powerful space telescope to the Air Force

The Air Force Space Command is taking over operations of a sophisticated telescope built to survey and track space debris and satellites.

Wikimedia image: The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.

Red teaming isn't easy

Cybersecurity testing and contract specifications that industry takes for granted can be a bear to implement in some federal IT contracts.

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Census calls off 2017 field tests, cites funding uncertainty

Bureau officials said the decision to cancel the upcoming tests is not ideal, but it is "the best overall operation remaining amid current uncertainty" about fiscal 2017 funding.

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OMB director announces new digital privacy office

The White House is creating a new digital privacy office and senior career position to oversee agency privacy and data collection programs.

Think tank: U.S. elections are far from hack-proof

Despite frequent reassurances from intelligence and security officials that the U.S. voting system can't be hacked, one cybersecurity think tank is warning that hacking the election is not only possible, but relatively easy.

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Bank regulators mull new cyber standards

The three banking regulatory agencies that oversee large U.S. financial institutions are seeking comments on proposed new standards for cyber resilience.

FTC chair Terrell McSweeny

Why regulators need to grok new tech

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said regulators need to understand technology before they seek to regulate it.

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Tax agency punted on $12M email system

The IRS acquired and never deployed a $12 million email system designed to help comply with pending records management requirements.

Jeh Johnson

DHS warns holdout states on REAL ID deadlines

States are closer to complying with REAL ID, but deadlines are firm, the Department of Homeland Security warned.

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NSA: Hackers find an easy path to U.S. systems

A senior NSA official says that none of the major hacks of U.S. systems in the last two years relied on zero-day exploits. Instead, they took advantage of easier vulnerabilities resulting from poor cyber hygiene and practices.

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Interior CDM effort 'immature,' says watchdog report

The Interior Department's inspector general said the agency's cybersecurity efforts need more work.

Michael Hayden. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.

Hayden calls Russian email hack 'honorable state espionage'

The former CIA and NSA director discusses Russia's recent hacks of Democratic party emails, as well as Apple's stand against the FBI over encryption.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

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