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Cyberattack, financial services

Stolen NSA tool behind another global ransomware attack

EternalBlue, the Microsoft exploit allegedly stolen from the NSA, is at the heart of Petya, a new and more sophisticated variant of WannaCry that is crippling banks, transport systems and businesses in Europe and elsewhere.

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Lira: IT modernization needs new 'organizational structure'

One of the White House's special innovation officers is looking to change culture, not just modernize tech.

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Eshoo pushes for cyber hygiene standards

California Democrat Anna Eshoo is reintroducing a bill to establish voluntary standards that would help prevent cyber infections on U.S. networks, computer systems and mobile devices.

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Senators urge VA to lean on DOD in health record push

The chairmen of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Armed Services committees hope that VA will learn from the Pentagon's commercial health record deal.

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FCC sets criteria for state FirstNet networks

FCC approves review measures for states' alternative plans to connect to the FirstNet nationwide wireless emergency responder network.

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A long slog ahead for VA health record modernization

Lawmakers who welcomed the news of VA's plan to shift to a commercial health record now have to strap in for a multi-year implementation.

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IG: Infosec weaknesses remain at VA

The 2016 FISMA report shows VA still struggling to secure its networks and data, despite making strides on eliminating vulnerabilities.

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New bill would expand SBA cyber training

The bipartisan bill, introduced in both the House and Senate, seeks to expand cybersecurity training to help protect small businesses from digital threats.

More money for cyber in 2018 NDAA

The House Armed Services Committee is looking to boost spending on cybersecurity training in the 2018 NDAA, while empowering DOD's CIO to govern supply chain risk.

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Senate bill would foster drone development, facilities

New legislation would foster drone tech development, airspace integration and air traffic management.

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DOD releases electronic warfare strategy to stakeholders

The DOD has released a new strategy to guide its buildup of electronic warfare capabilities, but the unclassified document is only available to government and contractors.

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TSA nominee touts biometric exit pilots

A former commandant of the Coast Guard being considered to head the TSA said the security agency's recently unveiled trials of fingerprint/boarding pass tech could become big part of its future.