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Chris Riotta

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Chris Riotta
Chris Riotta is a staff writer at FCW covering government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after covering U.S. politics for three years at The Independent. He earned his master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as 2021 class president.
Cybersecurity

Majority of defense contractors fail to implement critical cybersecurity requirements, report says

A new report reveals that many contractors working for the Department of Defense have failed to implement required cybersecurity measures.

Digital Government

White House considering pilot program to improve public interaction with federal data 

U.S. Chief Data Scientist Denice Ross said the pilot program would create a feedback loop between the public and federal agencies to make data sets more accessible and utilized.

Cybersecurity

Report finds Census Bureau lacks ‘effective cybersecurity posture’ after red team hack

A new inspector general report details how government-contracted hackers managed to gain covert access to Census Bureau systems in a simulated attack against the federal agency.

Cybersecurity

What do industry and cybersecurity experts want in the upcoming national cyber strategy?

The White House has been working with a range of industry stakeholders and cybersecurity experts on a forthcoming plan that could transform America’s cyber landscape. Here’s what they hope makes it into the new strategy.

Cybersecurity

Warner calls TikTok an 'enormous threat'

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the U.S. regulators have a "huge mountain to climb" when it comes to reducing risks from the massively popular, China-owned social media app.

Acquisition

Software inventory bill could move in the lame duck session

House lawmakers introduced a companion bill to bipartisan Senate legislation designed to improve the efficiency of federal agency software management.

Cybersecurity

TSA administrator says new cyber requirements in the works for aviation industry

The administrator of the Transportation Security Administration said the White House is following a similar approach to how it crafted cyber requirements for the oil and gas pipeline industry following the 2021 Colonial Pipeline attack in crafting guidelines for the aviation sector.

Cybersecurity

Deadline looms for plan to restart economy in case of major cyberattack

Lawmakers have been urging the Biden administration to develop a strategy first mandated in the Fiscal 2021 NDAA.

Digital Government

Lawmaker, Twitter chief spar over fake account

Should federal agencies with verified Twitter accounts be concerned about rapid changes roiling the social network?

People

NASA SEWP's 'secret weapon' to retire at the end of the year

Darlene Coen has been credited for having a major impact on NASA's trailblazing governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) during her 14 years of service.

Defense

DISA expanding industry partnerships, official says

The defense technology agency wants to help warfighters ‘create cloud environments’ in hours instead of ‘weeks or months,’ an official said Wednesday.

Acquisition

IOT cyber rule covering federal buyers about to take effect

A December deadline looms for agencies to implement cybersecurity requirements for Internet of Things devices.

Cybersecurity

Former CISA chief warns of ‘very chaotic environment’ ahead of midterms

Chris Krebs said those hoping to undermine confidence in U.S. elections may have their best shot yet during this week’s midterm vote.

Cybersecurity

NIST on tap to improve cybersecurity of water systems

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hopes a new project will create a set of best practices to help the nation’s complex water and wastewater systems bolster their cybersecurity posture.

Cybersecurity

Energy official urges CISA to develop storehouse for software bills of materials

A senior cybersecurity advisor for the Department of Energy said a central repository of widely used Software Bills of Material would significantly reduce the burden on federal agencies.

Cybersecurity

CISA director 'very concerned' about election influence from foreign adversaries

Jen Easterly, director of the nation's cyber defense agency, said foreign adversaries could potentially weaponize disinformation and misinformation to incite violence and undermine the public's confidence in the upcoming elections.

IT Modernization

TMF invests in major disability employer's modernization efforts

The Technology Modernization Fund will invest $1.7 million to support modernization efforts at one of the nation's largest employers of people who are blind or have other significant disabilities.

Cybersecurity

CISA sets voluntary cyber performance targets for critical infrastructure

A new set of documents and resources from the agency is designed to help critical infrastructure operators manage the basics of cybersecurity.

Defense

DISA faces down procurement challenges

An official for the defense support agency says procurement processes need to keep up with emerging technologies and new security standards.

Cybersecurity

White House looks to advance cyber safety labeling effort with 'initial scope' next spring

A senior administration official said the White House is beginning with a label that will focus on some of the most at-risk technologies – and that the National Institute of Standards and Technology will play a major role in getting it done.