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The Defense Department (DoD) said today it was taking steps to cancel its existing Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract after three years of work that left the contract tied up in court, and the Pentagon without benefit from the $10 billion deal awarded to Microsoft.

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The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said July 1 that cloud security provider Zscaler, Google Cloud, and McAfee Public Sector have successfully completed Secure Cloud Management (SCM) prototypes as part of a year-long process under which DIU has been evaluating service offerings that “deliver fast, secure, and controlled access by DIU users to software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps directly over the internet.”

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The mission must continue – and that means networks must be up and secure, no matter what. Now more than ever before, networks can provide visibility at every layer, so agencies can identify and respond to service interruptions immediately. Network-as-a-sensor capabilities enable this deep awareness.

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The United States Air Force (USAF) is looking for a contractor to provide long-haul communications and system network administration for its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Squadron Operation Center (SOC) Enterprise, according to a request for proposal (RFP) posted to SAM.gov June 17.

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The Pentagon is a very large building that houses a lot of the authorities for the U.S. Military. It's big. This photo doesn't do it justice, but they're kinda rightly concerned about people flying drones around there.

As vaccination rates increase and the United States nears closer to a broader return to offices, Federal IT officials in the Department of Defense (DoD) are reporting that their organizations’ IT environment is more complex now than two years ago, according to a recent Axonius and MeriTalk survey.

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With numerous recent high-profile attacks, ransomware has been everpresent in the news and discourse around the nation’s cybersecurity. The threat landscape has evolved rapidly, with credit card hackers quickly turning the scheme into million-dollar ransoms in less than a decade.

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Last fall, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced a binding operational directive (BOD) requiring the Federal government to develop and publish vulnerability disclosure policies (VDP). CISA announced today it has chosen vendors for its VDP platform.

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The Biden administration is pushing hard to help fight the rise of ransomware attacks on private industry, and the White House is taking steps on multiple fronts to work with the private sector to combat the issue.

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With more and more people putting their trust in cryptocurrencies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is beginning to research how to crack and decrypt crypto wallets that have been subject to seizure and forfeiture, according to a May 20 request for information (RFI) posted to SAM.gov.

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As Federal agencies and organizations are looking to make the move to zero trust security architectures, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) program should help guide that transformation, Sean Connelly, TIC program manager for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said May 12 at MeriTalk’s CDM Central: the Age of the Cyber Defender virtual conference.

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Technology leaders in Congress and industry groups with a stake in Federal IT both applauded the Biden administration’s move today to relax Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) payback requirements in order to quickly put $1 billion of new funding to work to shore up agency cyber defenses and upgrade critical systems. The change in traditional TMF […]

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Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard (CG) intends to work with one or more companies to help improve communications between Coast Guard Cutter tactical commanders and boarding teams, according to a notice of intent posted to the Federal registry April 27.

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The United States Army Futures Command’s Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) has selected Booz Allen Hamilton to build a data fabric key to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, the firm announced April 20.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is looking into how it could use AI and machine learning in nuclear power generation and is seeking comment from the commercial nuclear power industry to help in that inquiry, according to an NRC request for comment published April 21.

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Top Federal technology leaders discussed the pressing need to address tech-sector workforce shortages at General Dynamics Information Technology’s Emerge 2021 digital modernization conference on April 6. GDIT President Amy Gilliland and Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat both tackled the issue in keynote addresses and pointed to its importance in both the private and public sectors. […]

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MeriTalk recently caught up with Ray McCay, vice president of solution sales, ViON Corporation, and Eric Trexler, vice president of global governments and critical infrastructure, Forcepoint, to discuss multi-cloud security risks, success factors, and how Federal IT teams can move from a reactive stance to a more proactive security posture in multi-cloud environments.

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Cybersecurity

Government agencies and the private sector will spend $100 billion or more to recover from the SolarWinds hack, which went undetected for at least nine months and may have compromised 18,000 government and private sector organizations using SolarWinds Orion software. Even if breached organizations successfully mitigate the damage from SolarWinds, they know adversaries aren’t going to stop trying to get in. If they plug one vector of attack, the adversary will find another to exploit.

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In response to a sharp spike in IT services and cybersecurity demands for a dispersed workforce, President Joe Biden made Federal technology modernization one of his early priorities, citing the need to upgrade Federal IT as “an urgent national security issue.”

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During the nine months of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve asked a hundred variations of that question to people whose professional lives near the tip of the technology spear put them in good positions to predict the future and get as many good answers back. At the dawn of a more hopeful 2021, here’s a look at how the Federal work-scape may play out in the longer term, courtesy of three veteran technologists. 

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