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    House panel mulls mandatory disclosure bill

    Industry reps at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee were supportive of new requirements to report hacks, but want more clarity on how to report and what constitutes a covered incident. 09/01/2021

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    Spending debate brews ahead of NDAA markup

    Days before it considers its version of the 2022 must-pass defense policy bill, the House Armed Services Committee is setting up for a topline spending debate with a bill that highlights acquisition and cyber provisions. 08/30/2021

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    VA's Cussatt heads to State

    The former acting CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs is joining the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and Dr. Neil Evans will lead tech at VA on an acting basis. 08/30/2021

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    GSA launches new Digital Corps to attract early-career techies

    The first cohort of the new program, which launches in the fall, will focus on pandemic response, the economy, cybersecurity and streamlining government services. 08/30/2021

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    Christopher Krebs: Truth and consequences

    Krebs spent 2020 working furiously to ensure the integrity of our elections, while also ensuring that ransomware, software supply-chain vulnerabilities and a range of other rapidly escalating risks didn't cripple government operations or the nation's critical infrastructure. 08/27/2021

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    Microelectronics supply chain challenges and zero trust

    When it comes to microelectronics supply chain, better security risk assessment as manufacturers base contend with ongoing threats. 08/26/2021

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    DHS stands up new excepted service for cyber talent

    The new human resources system, which is launching seven years after legislation authorizing special pay for cybersecurity specialists, is a complete move away from traditional federal HR practices, the agency said. 08/25/2021

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    TMF, cyber EO drive modernization at Labor, CIO says

    The unprecedented investment in IT and cybersecurity resources have provided agencies like the Department of Labor with a historic opportunity to tackle some of their loftiest modernization plans. 08/24/2021

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    CMMC board chief talks assessors, IT staff

    Matt Travis, the CEO for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, said proper training and IT access to the Defense Department's Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) application, which will house CMMC data, still needs to be finalized for the third-party organizations that will be charged with conducting cyber assessments. 08/20/2021

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    Army looks to revise cyber operations doctrine

    Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton, the commanding general for the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence, said the service was in the final stages of publishing a revised field manual on how it executes cyber operations. 08/19/2021

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    How a software bill of materials can help solve our supply chain woes

    As the software equivalent of a list of ingredients seen on food labels, an SBOM would reveal the provenance of direct and indirect dependencies contained in a particular piece of software. 08/19/2021

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    Census servers hacked in 2020

    A watchdog report indicates that aging remote-access servers at the Census Bureau were successfully targeted by hackers in early 2020 using a known vulnerability, and while no data was stolen, the incident revealed flaws in the bureau's cybersecurity response. 08/18/2021

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    DHS eyes CMMC model

    DHS' Office of the Chief Procurement Officer issued a special notice Aug. 10, noting that it is looking for a way to check contractors' compliance with its cyber hygiene clauses released in 2015. 08/16/2021

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    Navy looks to build cyber resilience beyond RMF

    The Navy wants to fortify its cyber resilience to keep pace with rapid software development needs, but changing workforce habits has to come first. 08/13/2021

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    New Solarium report highlights policy strides, funding stumbling blocks

    Much of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission's recommendations are "on track" to being implemented, but funding issues loom for some. 08/12/2021

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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

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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

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    Leveraging OSCAL for FedRAMP authorizations

    An automated FedRAMP review process will speed up authorizations, drive continuous improvement and put cloud service providers in the driver's seat. 09/07/2021