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Go Beyond IT Modernization to Boost Cybersecurity, DHS Official Says

Jeanette Manfra, Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for cybersecurity, said in a recent address that simply updating technology is not enough to improve cybersecurity; agencies also need to update their IT governance and procurement to be more risk-based. The goal, she said, should be to give an agency head or cabinet secretary “full insight into what […]
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More Authorities Could Help Army Recruit Cyber Officers from Silicon Valley

The Army has been experimenting with legal authorities that let it commission new military officers directly from the private sector. In the first year, it recruited only two new soldiers via that route, but officials hope that a combination of higher pay and better marketing will help it improve on that pace. Currently the initial […]
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Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor

A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against Jared Dylan Sparks in relation to his role in a scheme to convert a defense contractor’s trade secrets related to a prototype being developed for the Navy. Sparks was an electrical engineer at LBI Inc., a contractor that has designed and built unmanned underwater vehicles for the […]
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Equifax's Big Fat Fail: How Not to Handle a Data Breach

The ineptitude of Equifax following a data breach impacting 143 million people is galling. At least Equifax gave us a playbook for how not to handle a breach. More at ZDNet
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Submitting Contract Claims to Contracting Officers

Koprince Law – In this video, John Mattox of Koprince Law walks you through how to make claims to your contracting officer under the Contract Disputes Act. More at SmallGovCon
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DHS Supply Chain Risk Assessment Set for White House Review

Bob Kolasky, director of CISA’s National Risk Management Center, has told the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board that a taxonomy of IT and communications sector risks is in the final stages of approval. Kolasky outlined three goals the supply chain task force is working to accomplish this year: an inventory of supply chain activities, […]
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DHS Secretary Nielsen Resigns, CBP commissioner Becomes Acting Chief

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced her resignation on Sunday. The White House announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would serve as acting DHS secretary until a permanent replacement is confirmed. Read the full post at Federal News Network
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Senators Duel Over Audit Requirements in Election Security Bill

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), both original cosponsors of the Secure Elections Act, have expressed divergent views on whether the bill...

Oregon Amends Data Breach Notification Law

Oregon’s amended data breach notification law has gone into effect. The law broadens the applicability of breach notification requirements, prohibits fees for security freezes and related services provided to consumers in the wake of a breach, and adds a specific notification timing requirement. It’s key provisions include: “Personal information” now includes a name combined with […]
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2018: Companies Will Make Major Enterprise-Wide Changes to Address Cyber Risk

Aon’s Cyber Solutions has issued a report looking at the ways in which the increasing scale and impact of cyberattacks, coupled with companies having to accept more liability and accountability over cyberattacks, will lead to significant changes in the corporate landscape. Highlights of the report include: Businesses adopt standalone cyber insurance policies as boards and executives […]
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