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Parker on Tap for Federal CIO, Sandoval for CISO, Sources Say

The White House is expected to soon announce the appointment of Basil Parker as Federal CIO, and Camilo Sandoval as Federal CISO, knowledgeable sources told MeriTalk.

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  1. CIA Launches R&D Innovation Lab to Tackle Intelligence Challenges

    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched its own innovation lab this week, CIA Labs, to support in-house research and development (R&D) driving innovative science and technology to address intelligence challenges.

  2. NIST Launches ‘Phish Scale’ to Understand Why Users Click Malicious Links

    To combat phishing attacks that could crumble an entire agency’s cybersecurity safeguards at one employee’s incorrect click, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a new method to understand why individuals fall for the malicious links.

  1. CDM Central - Government Keynote - Grant Schneider Former Fed. CISO Schneider Looks Back on Gov’t Past, Ahead to Future of Info. Security

    The former Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider drew on his nearly 28 years of government experience to explain how government information is secured now and offered his thoughts on where information security might be headed in the future.

  2. Treasury to Streamline Government Financial Processes Through Emerging Tech

    The Bureau of the Fiscal Service within the Department of Treasury is looking to streamline the government financial processes by adopting emerging technologies with two cost-saving projects.

  3. DOE Solicits Innovation Commercialization Pitches

    The Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing its annual solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, dedicated to commercializing innovative energy technologies as a part of the agency’s partnership with the private sector.

  4. GAO: Clarity of Leadership Urgently Needed to Fully Implement National Cyber Strategy

    The Government Accountability Office said in a report that in order to fully implement the White House’s National Cyber Strategy a “clarity of leadership” is “urgently needed.”

  1. FBI, CISA Issue Announcement About Potential for Election Results Disinfo

    The FBI in conjunction with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a public service announcement to raise awareness about the potential for disinformation around the results of the elections, especially in the period after voting has occurred.

  2. Former FTC Commissioners Warn of Consequences of Not Passing Federal Privacy Law

    Several former commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission warned the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the consequences of delay in passing a Federal privacy standard during a hearing on Wednesday.

  3. NIST Issues ‘Historic’ Update to Security and Privacy Guidance

    On Sept. 23, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a “historic” update to its flagship security and privacy guidance, Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations.

  4. GSA’s Shive, GAO’s Walsh Talk TBM Addition to FITARA Scorecard

    General Services Administration (GSA) CIO David Shive and Government Accountability Office Director of IT and Cybersecurity Kevin Walsh agreed that the FITARA scorecard is meeting its intended goals, but detailed specific improvements like the addition of a Technology Business Management (TBM) score to boost its effectiveness.

  5. State Hasn’t Involved Partners in Establishing Cyber Bureau, GAO Says

    As the U.S. faces increased foreign cyber threats, the Department of State said in 2019 that it would stand up a Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) to address these threats, but according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), State hasn’t informed or involved other partners in the bureau planning, which could increase risks of duplicating efforts.

  6. Strong Governance Vital to Fed Multi-Cloud Adoption, Booz Allen Cloud Leaders Say

    Federal agencies, such as the Small Business Administration and National Oceanic Atmospheric Association, are realizing the scalability and cost benefits of a multi-cloud environment as they navigate remote work and service delivery. But, for agencies both new to and well-versed in the cloud, Booz Allen Hamilton cloud leaders John Pisano and Jimmy Pham are advising that governance from the get-go is a key consideration for making a multi-cloud environment more effective.

  7. Telework Shift Sets Stage for Modernization, Officials Say on MeriTalk Webinar

    Six months into a highly successful make-or-break campaign to put the Federal government workforce on a remote-work footing to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the hard-won experience of that battle has paved the way for renewed action on broader IT modernization, government and private sector officials said on a recent MeriTalk webinar.

  8. MeriTalk Q&A: McAfee’s Miller Discusses Emerging Federal Security Needs

    Public sector security professionals have had an extremely busy six months juggling pandemic-driven security needs alongside the perennial objective of improving Federal agency security for the longer haul.

  9. Privacy Preview: A Look Ahead to the Senate Hearing and the Prospects for Legislation

    MeriTalk caught up with the Center for Democracy & Technology’s Director of the Data and Privacy Project Michelle Richardson, a witness for the committee back in April, to get her take on this week's Senate hearing, what has changed recently in the privacy world, and the prospects for a Federal privacy standard.

  10. GAO: HUD Must Improve Efforts to Protect Data Shared With External Entities

    In a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was found to not be taking enough action to protect information exchanged with affiliated agencies, contractors, and state, local, and tribal groups.