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A-130 feedback urges more emphasis on commercial cloud in IT policy revisions

The long-awaited revisions to the federal government's key IT policy document don't include enough emphasis on commercial cloud, according to industry commentators.

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McCaul wants new commission on encryption and law enforcement

Top law enforcement officials have decried unbreakable commercial encryption as a dark space for terrorists and criminals. In the wake of the San Bernardino and Paris attacks, one House leader wants to take a hard look at the technology.

Stewart Baker

Fighting cyber espionage, legally

Instead of trying to tackle foreign governments or hack-proof their own systems, Americans could use the force of the law to neuter cyber espionage by eliminating much of the incentive to hack.

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DHS pushing for more public-private partnership on cyber

The Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary is pushing for greater cooperation on public-private sectors on cyber security efforts between U.S. and Israel, after concluding a dialogue with Israeli officials this week.

Lester Ingol

FEMA updates IT acquisition plans

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided a look at its IT modernization strategy for the coming year.

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Senators question DHS, DOJ about ransomware

Ransomware attacks that hold users’ data hostage are said to be on the rise, and Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) want answers from the departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

U.S. Marshals gets new chief data officer

Struggling with a flood of data, the U.S. Marshals Service has hired a new chief data officer and is looking for ways to make agency personnel smarter about using data.

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Transportation bill includes recall tech upgrades

The long-term transportation bill pending in Congress would establish an online database of information on vehicle recalls and facilitate information sharing among critical infrastructure providers in emergencies.

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Can U.S. border tech detect fake passports?

The Paris terror attacks prompted debate in the United States on a number of policy issues, including passport security.

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GSA IT is vulnerable, IG says

The IG's semiannual report details integration and security troubles haunting GSA investments.

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Naval Research Lab hit by zero-day exploit

The sophisticated attack on NRL's unclassified network became an "experiment unto itself," NRL Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Bruington said.

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Can the Library of Congress modernize for the 21st century?

In the midst of leadership changes, Library of Congress officials explain to a House panel where they stand in updating their IT systems and technology strategy.

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