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  1. CISA CISA and ACSC Issue Cybersecurity Advisory on Top Malware of 2021
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) on the top malware strains of 2021.
  2. Space Sector Eyed for Critical Infrastructure Designation, GAO Official Says
    Officially designating the space sector as one of the “critical infrastructure” sectors designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a “hot topic” of conversation at the agency, according to Tina Won Sherman, a director in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Homeland Security and Justice team.
  3. DoD Pentagon Military Hicks: All DoD Mobile Device Data Must be Captured, Saved 
    Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks reminded Pentagon leadership in an August 3 memo that records retention requirements under Federal law are a “solemn responsibility,” and that going forward all data on Defense Department (DoD) provisioned mobile devices will be captured and saved when devices are turned in by their users.
  1. SBA SBA Names Kucharski Acting CIO
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) appointed Steve Kucharski as acting chief information officer (CIO) last month, a knowledgeable source confirmed to MeriTalk.
  2. Army Army National Guard Awards $267M Cyber Contract to GDIT
    The Army National Guard has awarded a $267 million contract to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to support the guard’s cybersecurity and IT infrastructure, GDIT announced on August 4.
  3. Jason Gray Stepping Down as Education Department CIO
    Department of Education (DoE) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Gray is preparing to leave the agency – possible for other technology pastures within the Federal government.
  4. VA OIG Calls for Improvements in VHA’s Video Connect Appointment Program
    While the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Connected Care’s digital divide program has successfully been providing patients with video-capable devices for video-based virtual care for the past two years, an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has found that less than half of patients that the agency issued video devices to ended up completing VA Video Connect (VVC) appointments.
  1. Senators Bill Pushes for Commodity-Type Regulation of Some Digital Assets
    Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Cory Booker, D-N.J., John Boozman, R-Ark., and John Thune, R-S.D., introduced legislation on August 4 that would create commodities-type regulation of some digital assets.
  2. House, Senate Bills Call on Biden for National Broadband Strategy
    Reps. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., have joined with Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to introduce the Proper Leadership to Align Networks (PLAN) for Broadband Act, which calls on President Biden to develop a national broadband strategy.
  3. Senate Bill Aims to Boost Cyber Support for Small Business at State Level
    Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced legislation on August 4 that aims to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of small businesses by providing funding to Small Business Development Centers that will help businesses with security.
  4. VA Names ‘Functional Champion’ for EHRM Program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named Dr. David Massaro as the “functional champion” and acting senior medical advisor for the agency’s Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.
  5. GAO: Feds Must Promote Stronger Research Practices
    The Federal government must take action to promote stronger research practices that will help ensure the reliability of its scientific research, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.
  6. Biden Nominates Shriver as OPM Deputy Director
    President Biden has nominated Rob Shriver to become deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
  7. State Dept. Cyberspace and Digital Policy Bureau Nominee Lays out Priorities
    Nate Fick, President Biden’s nominee to serve as the ambassador at large to lead the State Department’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP), laid out his initial priorities for the newly established bureau during an August 3 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination.
  8. Zscaler Gets FedRAMP ‘High’ ATO For ZIA Internet Access Service
    Cloud security provider Zscaler said this week that its Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) service received Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Authority to Operate (ATO) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB).
  9. Using Technology to Transform National Security Organizations
    Through the President’s Management Agenda Vision, the administration has put a spotlight on customer service in Federal government agencies. Fortunately, as agencies modernize their information technology (IT), they can employ technological solutions such as artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to transform the customer experience.
  10. Sen. Romney Proposes New Public Health Data Agency
    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, has proposed establishing a new health data agency to improve access to impartial and objective public health data, with the payoff of bolstering infectious disease intelligence and preparedness.