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*** Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are reviving a bid to codify the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program in law. The Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act would make the CDM program available to state and local agencies and set policy for risk and incident reporting.

"By codifying the CDM program and providing congressional oversight, we can ensure the federal government is better prepared for cyber threats," Cornyn said in a statement.

*** According to an oversight report publicly released July 30, holders of Army and Air Force purchase cards bought $32.8 million of IT equipment with "known cybersecurity vulnerabilities" in fiscal year 2018. The report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General notes that DOD hasn't established policies for addressing risks of commercial IT items or created an approved products list for users of government purchase cards. Some of the risky items include Lenovo computers, Lexmark printers and GoPro cameras.

Posted on Aug 01, 2019 at 2:28 AM


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