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IRS targeted in bot attack

Using stolen Social Security numbers, hackers attempted to generate hundreds of thousands of e-filing PINs.

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Pentagon IT budget prioritizes JRSS

Defense officials are seeking $172 million for the department-wide "firewall on steroids" -- up from the $84 million enacted for the program in fiscal 2016.

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New bill seeks to preempt state encryption rules

Two lawmakers want to head off efforts by states to write their own rules when it comes to encryption and law enforcement.

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Ball Aerospace nabs sole-source NGA cloud deal

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency intends to award a one-year sole-source contract to Ball Aerospace Technologies Corp. for cloud computing, the agency announced.

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OMB taps ex-HP exec as IT category manager

A former HP executive is set to lead the IT category as one of 10 category managers being named under OMB's acquisition plans.

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Intel officials dwell on encryption as a potential security problem

FBI Director James Comey and other senior intelligence leaders told Congress that the use of encrypted communications by terrorists and other adversaries remains a problem for investigators.

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New bill would enshrine OMB's software licensing policy in law

A Senate bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that every executive agency develops a comprehensive software licensing policy.

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FTC in no rush to regulate Internet of Things

Consumer privacy and security are major concerns, but FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny said the agency is not likely to issue prescriptive regulations.

White House wants $19B for cyber in FY 2017

The Obama administration's proposed Cybersecurity National Action Plan for FY2017 includes $3.1B for IT modernization and a new federal chief information security officer.

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Obama bemoans obsolete tech in budget request

The president put the federal government's portfolio of aging IT systems front and center in his final budget request to Congress.

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Bureau of Industry and Security seeks CIO

The export control agency, which has had well-documented cybersecurity woes, is now hunting for a top technology official.

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Russia, China continue to pose cyber threat to U.S. networks

Top intelligence officials tell a Senate committee they remain wary of ever-growing cybersecurity risks.

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