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FCW Insider: Oct. 17

In a proposal to Congress reviewed by FCW, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said it had encountered at least six occasions in the past year where CISA officials have not been able to identify and warn the owners of vulnerable IP addresses. The solution, the agency says, is an expansion of the agency's authority to demand information on clients from network providers. Derek B. Johnson reports.

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford said his service has begun to set up an enterprise cloud management office and hired a leader. Lauren C. Williams has the story from the AUSA conference.

Commercial providers of technology and infrastructure want more federal protection to share specific cyber threat information about risky products and services. At an Oct. 16 hearing, some members of the House Homeland Security Committee said the idea is worth considering. Mark Rockwell has more.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools are helping perform cybersecurity tasks, but humans remain central to the process, experts say. Mark takes a look at how new big data sources require human intervention.

Quick Hits

*** Bobbie Kilberg announced her plans to retire as president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council next June. Kilberg, a veteran of the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations, led NVTC for 22 years. Nick Wakeman has more at Washington Technology.

*** A bipartisan group of senators is urging the White House to include Congress and the judiciary in efforts to monitor and protect the technology supply chain. In an Oct. 9 letter to Mick Mulvaney, acting chief of staff at the White House and the Senate-confirmed director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) want the Federal Acquisition Security Council to share its supply chain risk management findings and briefings about known supply chain threats with the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the House of Representatives CIO and tech officials in the judiciary.

*** Megan J. Brennan is stepping down as Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service effective Jan. 31, 2020. Brennan, a former letter carrier, helped push greater use of technology and data at the USPS, according to a press release announcing her retirement.

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 at 2:34 AM


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