MeriTalk Interview: Six-Year Trek to All-Cloud Nears Finish Line at ATF
Enduring success in the drive to foundational improvements in IT systems and infrastructure seldom comes fast, cheap, or easy – or without plenty of lessons to share for the next agency in line that is driving toward similar goals.
GAO Pushes HHS to Improve Breach Reporting Communications
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) needs to improve its communications around data breach reporting in order to enhance health care delivery.
Federal Civilian Pay Raise Buoyed by House Panel Action
The prospects for eventual congressional approval of the 4.6 percent pay raise for Federal civilian employees proposed by President Biden for 2023 were brightened by the June 24 vote by the House Appropriations Committee to approve the FY2023 financial services and general government spending bill.
DoD OIG Investigating Highly Classified IT Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced it is investigating one of the DoD’s highly classified IT programs.
Google Cloud Creates New Public Sector Division
Google Cloud said today it is creating a new division – Google Public Sector – that will focus on U.S. public sector institutions.
Cyber Command Yearns for More Private Sector Threat Sharing
U.S. Cyber Command (USCC) wants more technology organizations on the front lines of the global cybersecurity effort to improve defensive capabilities and share threat data with the government, a senior official from the command said on June 27.
U.S., G7 Aim for $600B of Infrastructure Investments by 2027
The G7 nations including the United States pledged on June 27 to “mobilize” $600 billion of capital to fund major international infrastructure projects through 2027, including projects in the information and communications technologies (ICT) arena.
CDM: The Multitool in Your Cyber Kit
Join us for the “CDM: The Multitool in Your Cyber Kit,” a complimentary webinar on June 23 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, where we’ll discuss MeriTalk’s research findings, including how Federal agencies can leverage the CDM Program.
CISA, NSA Issue Guidance to Properly Configure PowerShell
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), along with international partners, published guidance last week for cyber defenders that advises them to not remove PowerShell – Microsoft’s built-in command-line tool with Windows – but to properly configure it.
Air Force Continuing Work on ‘Revolutionary’ Zero Trust Effort
The U.S. Air Force AFNet Sustainment and Operations Branch – in collaboration with the Air Combat Command (ACC) Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance and the Platform One team– is driving toward developing a modern software-based perimeter that will deliver zero trust capabilities to applications across the service branch, an Air Force official said.
The Evolution of Government Tech Procurement Under CMMC 2.0
By: Kyle Dimitt, Principal Engineer, Compliance Research at LogRhythm Supply chain attacks have been on the rise across the globe, as we saw with targeted attacks against SolarWinds and Kaseya. The spike has created a large risk in the Federal government since industry supply chains don’t necessarily have to adhere to a set level of […]
Senate Bill Aims to Protect Citizens’ Data from Hostile Governments
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate on June 23 aims to create new rules for bulk exports of U.S. citizens’ personal data that would help protect that data from use by hostile foreign governments.
FCC Broadband Data Task Force Announces Access to Collection System
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Data Task Force announced that fixed and mobile broadband providers in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) may obtain early access to certain portions of the system to enter identifiable information in advance of the broadband availability data filing window on June 30.
DoD Cyber Leaders Shooting for May 2023 CMMC Contracts Debut
Cybersecurity leaders from the Defense Department (DoD) are providing some more clarity on the timeline for implementation of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, and said they expect CMMC requirements could begin appearing in solicitations for government contracts as early as May 2023.
Subcommittee Wrestles with Quantum Computing and Deepfakes Issues
The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity Infrastructure Protection and Innovation was given recommendations by experts to mitigate the problems that deep fakes and quantum computers pose for the United States.
Countdown to MerITocracy: Reshaping the Workforce Curve with DEIA
In the lead-up to the July 21 forum, we are table-setting a host of big issues that will get serious attention at MerITocracy 2022. The overarching question we are asking is this: can technology innovation – coupled with the boldest kind of leadership – work together to start fixing the most intractable problems facing America?
NSC Cyber Official Hunting for Unified Identity Technology
Amit Mital, senior director for cybersecurity and policy on the White House’s National Security Council (NSC), is on the hunt for a unified and trusted secure digital identity technology that he said has the potential to dramatically reduce identity-based fraud and the success of attempted ransomware attacks.
Senate Panel Approves IC Funding Bill With Tech, Cyber Focus
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 22 unanimously approved the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2023 to authorize funding, provide legal authorities, and enhance congressional oversight for the U.S. intelligence community (IC).
Gen. Bradley Pyburn Named Chief of Staff at USCYBERCOM
Brig. Gen. Bradley L. Pyburn took over as new Chief of Staff at U.S. Cyber Command on June 9.
GAO Prods HHS on Long-Delayed Health Awareness Network
Fifteen years after Congress approved legislation requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a public health situational awareness network to facilitate information sharing about public health threats, the agency has made little progress toward making that project a reality.
Biden Signs VA EHRM Transparency Act
President Biden on June 23 signed into law the VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act that aims to increase the transparency of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) problematic Electronic Health Records Modernization (EHRM) program through regular reporting requirements.
BAE Gets $699 Million DoD Supercomputing Contract
BAE Systems has been awarded a five-year contract worth $699 million by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help operate and maintain a network of high-performance computers that are used for scientific and engineering endeavors.