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New immigration order pushes biometrics but lacks deadline

President Trump's revised executive order on immigration calls for an expedited biometric entry/exit system, but it doesn't set a deadline for bringing the system online.

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SDN looms large in NSTAC report

A report under development by a government advisory board says the government must move quickly to better understand software-defined networking's effect on critical infrastructure.

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House panel defines scope of Russia probe

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has agreed on the scope of its inquiry into Russia's election influence operations as new questions arise about the attorney general's contacts with the Russian ambassador.

Grant program would support state, local cybersecurity

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to help state, local and tribal governments protect their data, systems and networks.

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McCain continues push for cyber policy

Arizona senator says the U.S. still lacks a clear policy for deterring and defending against cyberattacks and vows to pressure the Trump administration to develop a comprehensive cyber strategy.

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NIST gets new cyber powers under House bill

A House panel approved legislation that would add new cybersecurity auditing and reporting duties to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the White House science office.

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Why the private sector is key to cybersecurity

There is only so much the military can do to protect the country in cyberspace, expert witnesses at a House hearing said, so Congress should invest more is supporting the private sector.

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SEC advances open data rule

Two commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve a rule change that would require public companies to submit financial statements in a streamlined open data format.

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Bid protest continues to stall FirstNet award

The First Responder Network Authority is preparing to announce the award for its nationwide broadband public safety network, once it settles an ongoing bid protest.

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Too soon to tell if CBP biometric systems can scale

DHS efforts to develop entry/exit systems that capture travelers’ biometric data are making progress, a GAO report finds, but full implementation is far from simple.

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VA seeks permanent CISO

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to hire a permanent IT security lead.

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Rogers: Why data is critical infrastructure

The head of the NSA says that in the wake of Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the U.S. has to rethink what critical infrastructure means in a digital age.