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Mixed prospects for encryption bills on Capitol Hill

A senior Senate staffer says that Congress is unlikely to move on significant legislation to mandate law enforcement access to encrypted communications.

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NIST is looking for a few good cryptographers

NIST's Computer Security Division wants to hire 15 cryptographers over the next five years to tackle emerging areas such as quantum and lightweight cryptography.

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Has DOD hit its limit on sharing spectrum?

A new DARPA challenge seeks to help defense and commercial wireless users cohabitate on airwaves, but DOD's CIO warns "there is a physical limitation to how fast we can move" to free up frequencies.

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Audit finds improprieties in GSA/Peace Corps cloud email pilot

A deal between the General Services Administration and the Peace Corps to provide cloud email might have run afoul of funding laws, according to GSA's inspector general.

18F pushes for an even more open 'open source' rule

"Open source by default" ought to apply not only to code developed by government agencies, but also to virtually all code that vendors supply the government, a developer with GSA's startup urged.

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What will it take to diversify the cyber workforce?

In its first national conference, the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals sought to lay the groundwork for getting more women and minorities into the cyber ranks.

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Fraudsters' targets show cybersecurity success, says IRS commissioner

The breaches of IRS security tools are, in some ways, good signs, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, because they demonstrate that the tools are making hackers' lives harder.

NPPD to become Cyber Infrastructure Protection

The reorganization of DHS's cyber agency aims to showcase spectrum of physical and IT protections.

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DOJ indicts 7 Iranians for hacking U.S. dam, banks

The Justice Department on March 24 indicted seven hackers associated with the Iranian government for infiltrating systems controlling a New York dam, and attacking several U.S. banks.

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Coming soon: A faster FedRAMP

The director of the FedRAMP cloud service authorization program offered a preview of what's on tap for the coming reboot.

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Why DHS might hack your agency

The NCCIC's hands-on "red team" cybersecurity testing service group is planning two new threat services that federal agencies can use to find security gaps.

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Commerce Data Service looking to grow big in 2016

One of government's latest startups has plans to add dozens of people and finish 15 projects this summer.

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