The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) announced that it will prioritize industry outreach efforts in U.S. technology sectors as they relate to economic and national security, including tech-heavy areas such as AI, bio-economy, autonomous systems, quantum information science and technology, and semiconductors.

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Emerging tech

Further use of emerging technologies marks the path forward for the intelligence community to uncover more compelling evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFO), and to learn more about their meaning and intent, former Federal government officials said at NextGov’s technology summit on August 17.

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President Biden intends to nominate Stacey Dixon, an intelligence community veteran and current deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), to serve as the principal deputy director in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the White House announced today.

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The White House said President Biden plans to nominate Christy Abizaid to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) housed within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

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The Federal government needs to both understand and work with the private sector when it comes to cybersecurity and innovation, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said today.

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ODNI

President Biden announced today he will nominate Christopher Fonzone – who brings expertise in IT and cybersecurity legal issues – to serve as general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

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ODNI

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is stepping up its social media game by launching an Instagram account, giving its followers an inside look at DNI Avril Haines’ workday.

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William Evanina has stepped down as director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), after six years at the helm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) component that has the leading counterintelligence activities role in defending the intelligence collecting Federal government and private-sector entities that face risk of attack by foreign adversaries.

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced that Matthew Kozma is the new CIO for the Intelligence Community (IC). In his new role, Kozma will advise the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on information management, technology, and assurance, including IT infrastructure and investment priorities across the IC’s 17 agencies

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Days after the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) announced the ongoing efforts of foreign nations to interfere in U.S. elections, he offered five additional areas as the present and future of cybersecurity.

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A top U.S. intelligence community leader said today the IC doubts the ability of U.S. adversaries to manipulate the results of U.S. general election voting in any widespread way, while warning that exploits may be attempted against election infrastructure with a goal of interfering with voting processes, stealing data, and casting doubt on the democratic process.

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The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency – the organization which oversees nearly all of the Federal government’s security clearances – is scheduled to host a virtual security conference to kick off the second annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month in early September.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released a list of AI ethics and principles to guide the intelligence community (IC) on its use and development of AI and AI tools.

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The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed the government’s progress on managing the Federal background check inventory, which has returned to a stable state of roughly 200,000 cases, according to a quarterly report on the Security Clearance, Suitability/Fitness, and Credentialing Reform Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal action plan from the President’s Management Agenda.

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In a letter to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., raised questions on cybersecurity issues across the intelligence community (IC), and suggested that the IC may need to fall under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) authority of requiring all Federal agencies to adopt specific cybersecurity technologies and policies.

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