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Federal Subcontractor Leaks Confidential Military Personnel Data

A breach of a defense subcontractor’s systems has exposed the sensitive personal information of active military healthcare professionals, including some with top-secret security clearances. Researchers with MacKeeper Security Center found the data online, and traced the leak to an insecure server operated by Potomac Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare staffing contractor working under a prime contract […]
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Websites Using Facebook’s “Like” Button Subject to GDPR Data Rules

The European Court of Justice has ruled that website operators embedding Facebook “Like” buttons and other social media plug-ins into their pages are “joint data controllers,” making them subject to GDPR data privacy regulations. This includes plug-ins to share items to social web sites. Consequently, website operators will need to communicate to visitors the data […]
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NSL Podcast Series: Part 1 on Cybersecurity and Protecting “the Keys to the Kingdom”

A recent podcast by Never Stop Learning discusses “Cybersecurity: How Concerned Should We Be?” As threats from cyber attacks continue to grow in both scope and complexity, it is imperative for companies and individuals alike to have a better understanding of cyber threats and the risks involved. In the first segment of this three-part series, […]
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ICF Wins Cybersecurity Contract

The Army has awarded international tech consulting firm ICF a contract for cybersecurity research. The contract is worth up to $93 million, and under it, ICF will support Army Research Laboratory’s Defensive Cyber Operations and Defensive Cybersecurity Research, developing tools and techniques, performing security reviews, and operational support. More at Fifth Domain  
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DoD Lays Out Plan to Enhance Website Security by Year-End

Department of Defense CIO Dana Deasy says the Pentagon will be taking several steps between now and the end of 2018 to bolster the cybersecurity defenses of its public-facing websites. In a recent letter to the CIO, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) pointed out that the web site of the CIO’s office and other DoD sites […]
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39 Senators Urge Increase in Funding for Election Security Grants

Thirty-nine Democratic and independent Senators sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging an increase in funding for election security grants and the Election Assistance Commission for Fiscal Year 2020, to help secure upcoming elections. The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission established by the Help America Vote Act, charged with ensuring […]
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Byte-Sized Q&A: What About Controlled Technical Information?

Crowell & Moring’s “Byte-Sized Q&A” podcast takes the complex world of government contracts cybersecurity and breaks it down into byte-sized pieces. In this episode, host Kate Growley talks about what government contractors need to know about controlled technical information or CTI. More at Crowell & Moring
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Should States Band Together to Buy Cybersecurity Services?

Matthew Shabat of Glasswall Solutions, formerly of DHS, writes that state governments face the same cybersecurity threats that menace the federal government and the private sector, but their resources are comparatively scarce. To help governments justify their security expenditures, DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Office of the Chief Economist is developing a break-even analysis […]
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Will This New Congress be the One to Pass Data Privacy Legislation?

Despite the country’s political crises and polarization, there is a chance that the 116th Congress will manage to pass federal legislation to protect personal information privacy. Although they have substantive disagreements about it, leaders of both parties at least want it to happen. New Senate Commerce Committee chair Roger Wicker (R-MS) and his House counterpart […]
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Commentary: It’s Time to Add Multi-Factor Authentication to NIST Cyber Framework

In a commentary in CyberScoop, Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, calls for multi-factor authentication to be incorporated into the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework. “Excluding MFA from the framework, according to NIST at the time, was necessary because there weren’t any widely accepted, interoperable standards for ensuring secure identity […]
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