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  • Workforce
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    New cyber talent system, years in the making, goes into effect at DHS

    Agency officials estimate that around 1,000 of its 1,500 cyber vacancies could fit into the new scheme. 11/15/2021

  • Cybersecurity
    Jen Easterly, CISA Director, speaks at Aspen Cyber Sept. 29, 2021

    CISA chief tees up cyber directives for the water and chemical sectors

    CISA Director Jen Easterly said new directives for the water and chemical industries were coming soon in the wake of the passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes cybersecurity requirements for public water systems. 11/10/2021

  • Defense
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    Who's going to volunteer for the new CMMC?

    The Defense Department is looking for contractors to test out its revamped cybersecurity standard to protect unclassified but sensitive data. 11/10/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    Funding challenges hamper cyber EO compliance, CIOs say

    A group of agency CIOs shared their biggest obstacles in meeting a series of aggressive deadlines and modernization goals of the Biden administration's sweeping cybersecurity executive order. 11/09/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    OMB official reviews progress six months after the cyber EO

    A federal official overseeing the implementation of the cybersecurity executive order signed in May said many agencies have met its aggressive deadlines so far. 11/08/2021

  • Congress
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    $500 million for TMF, other tech added to Build Back Better

    Governmentwide technology modernization appropriations are back in the Biden administration's signature Build Back Better legislation, but the timing of a vote remains unclear. 11/05/2021

  • Defense
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    DOD revamps controversial CMMC program

    After a nine-month review, the Defense Department is replacing its original cyber compliance program for the industrial base with CMMC 2.0, putting more emphasis on self-assessment. 11/04/2021

  • People
    Kurt DelBene, Microsoft’s chief digital officer and executive vice president of Corporate Strategy, speaks at a public meeting of the Defense Innovation Board in Austin, Texas March 5, 2020.  DOD photo by EJ Hersom

    Former Microsoft exec DelBene tapped for top tech job at VA

    Kurt DelBene, a former senior executive at Microsoft and husband of a Democratic congresswoman, is being tapped by the Biden administration to serve as CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 11/03/2021

  • Cybersecurity

    CISA orders civilian agencies to fix known flaws in six months

    The binding operational directive issued Nov. 3 requires federal agencies to remediate known exploited vulnerabilities on their networks under specific timeframes is also intended to serve as guidance for the private sector and state and local governments. 11/03/2021

  • Comment
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    Zero-trust has a branding problem

    A zero-trust approach to cybersecurity is intended to increase vigilance and minimize risk, but without the necessary context, the concept could raise discomfort or even hostility among federal workers. 11/02/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    Senate Republicans seek IG probe of TSA pipeline directives

    Republican leaders on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are calling for an inspector general probe into how the Transportation Security Administration developed its first ever pipeline-specific security directives. 11/01/2021

  • Defense
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    White House pick for DOD CIO eyes tweaks to CMMC

    The Biden administration's pick to be the Pentagon's tech chief wants to make it easier for small businesses to adhere to the Defense Department's cybersecurity standards and expand network optimization across the entire enterprise. 10/29/2021

  • Cybersecurity
    Chris Inglis takes a question during a Naval Academy cybersecurity event May 2, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan)

    Federal cyber leaders assess TMF awards

    National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said he co-chaired a meeting with top federal cyber leaders this week to analyze current projects with investments from the Technology Modernization Fund. 10/28/2021

  • Cybersecurity
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    Lawmakers examine TSA's growing role in cyber

    Lawmakers on the Homeland Security Committee convened cybersecurity experts and key stakeholders from the transportation industry to discuss new rules in the works for the transportation sector. 10/27/2021

  • Defense
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    New missions could present challenges for the DOD cyber workforce

    Mieke Eoyang, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said one of DOD's main cyber workforce challenges is being able to set expectations around policymakers' calls to step in and defend against cyberattacks. 10/21/2021

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Opinion that Matters

  • Comment
    Zero trust (Shutterstock.com)

    Zero-trust has a branding problem

    A zero-trust approach to cybersecurity is intended to increase vigilance and minimize risk, but without the necessary context, the concept could raise discomfort or even hostility among federal workers. 11/02/2021

  • Comment
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    The CISO reporting structure is broken

    The commitment to managing cyber risk is a primary concern, but is often consolidated with IT priorities. This creates a conflict – does IT or security come out on top? 10/14/2021

  • Comment
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    Cyber EO compliance is a full-time job

    Unified security controls, supply chain security, zero trust and smart procurement decisions are all pieces of the puzzle. 09/30/2021