Sunday, September 27, 2020

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To Succeed in Its Cybersecurity Mission, the Defense Department Must Partner With Academia (For...

In a commentary for Lawfare, several top cybersecurity academics argue the Department of Defense should place a higher priority on partnering with educational and research institutions. “While the Defense Department often lists academia as part of important partnerships, this relationship is always the coda in the partnership list—right before the ‘etc.,'” they write. “As such, it’s […]
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CMMC Reciprocity Guidelines are Still a Work in Progress

Speaking at the Billington Cybersecurity conference last week, Katie Arrington, the Defense Departments' chief information security officer for acquisition, said DoD has not yet...

Standardization of Insurance Policies Could Improve Defense Contractors’ Cybersecurity

One way the Pentagon could improve the cybersecurity of its supply chain would be for standardized insurance policies that cover cyberattacks, according to a...

U.S. Department of Defense Updates List of Companies Associated with the Chinese Military

On August 28, DoD updated its list of Communist Chinese military companies that provide expertise and technological support to the Chinese military. The list, which includes a number of large state-owned enterprises in China, does not impose sanctions or export restrictions on the listed companies, although some of the companies are separately included on the […]
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Big Tech Moves Against Certification as a Government Solution for Cybersecurity

If governments are going to insist on using certification schemes – like the Defense Department’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program – in efforts...

CMMC Board to Begin Background Checks

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dun & Bradstreet to perform financial and ownership background checks...

CMMC Auditors About to Wrap Up Training

Highly anticipated audits related to the Pentagon’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification process are inching closer, with auditors expected to complete their training by the end of September. Katie Arrington, the Defense Department’s point person on CMMC, said training for the first batch of auditors began August 31. More at National Defense
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US Cyber Command’s Top General Makes Case for Partnering with Tech Firms

Cyber Command is trying to increase its partnership with the commercial technology sector, and General Paul Nakasone, head of both the NSA and Cyber...

Pentagon’s Contractor Cybersecurity Program Approaches Testing Phase 

By Labor Day, the Department of Defense expects to have 73 individuals ready to conduct initial assessments for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. This...

Air & Space Forces Add Cyber To All-Domain Ops Data Library

The Air and Space Forces are using cyber sensor data to create a comprehensive battlefield picture to underpin all-domain operations, to help pinpoint how and where Russia, China, and other adversaries are likely to attack US networks. This cloud-based dataONE library leverages the Space Force’s Unified Data Library of space sensor data. The library is […]
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