As Federal agencies are working to make progress on President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) and implement zero trust security architectures, agencies and their leaders must have a tight handle on their zero trust implementation plans, an official from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said this week.

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The Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) is pressing congressional appropriators to provide more money in Fiscal Year 2023 budget legislation for primary sources of Federal agency IT modernization funding, including the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), along with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Citizen Services Fund (FCSF).

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still needs to address a pair of open cybersecurity priority recommendations related to cybersecurity coordination and implementation of a cybersecurity framework, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Organization (GAO).

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Ransomware attacks have increased by 80 percent year-over-year, with a “nearly 120 percent” increase in double-extortion ransomware attacks this year, according to a new report put out by Zscaler entitled ThreatLabz 2022 Ransomware Report.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert on June 1 warning about the Karakurt Data Extortion Group which has been conducting online financial extortion exploits via cyber attacks.

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MerITocracy 2021

Can technology innovation pave the way for better citizen service? On July 21 – we’re going to find out. The countdown to MerITocracy 2022: American Innovation Forum is on. The in-person forum – taking place at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – will host bipartisan leaders from Congress, the Biden administration, and America’s tech industry to examine the most pressing problems facing citizens in our democracy, and map out creative solutions from the nexus of policy and technology. We invite you to register for MerITocracy today.

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The Federal government’s Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) is falling short on information sharing regarding each participating agency’s current or planned spending for the whole-of-government initiative, and could use a shared database to make spending information more readily accessible, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has notified election officials of software vulnerabilities found in Dominion Voting Systems equipment deployed in several states, but also that the agency has found no evidence that those vulnerabilities have ever been exploited.

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The enduring shift toward at least partial work-from-home arrangements for government employees is creating new workforce possibilities for many agencies, but also new challenges on the technology security front for both Federal and state and local governments, experts said this week.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is looking to set an “aggressive” pace to conduct the rulemaking proceeding necessary to implement recently approved cyber incident reporting legislation, but also indicated today that completion of a rulemaking could be a couple of years away.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is holding a series of public listening sessions aimed at using a community-based effort to advance the conversation around the technologies, policies, and processes required to implement Software Bills of Materials (SBOM), according to a Federal register post published today.

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According to research from MeriTalk and AP-NORC, just 15 percent of American adults trust the Federal government to do what is right for them and their families all or most of the time. How can our governments at the Federal, state, and local levels regain the public’s confidence by delivering on the promises of major infrastructure programs?

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Amid an overwhelming and fragmented amount of broadband programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling for a unified national broadband strategy.

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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.

The Space Development Agency at the Department of Defense (DoD) on May 26 announced the award of a $324.5 million contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems to “establish the ground Operations and Integration segment for Tranche 1 of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA)” that eventually will feature a constellation of 166 satellites.

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The General Services Administration (GSA) has released a supplemental special notice to go along with its request for information (RFI) on GSA’s intent to establish a multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) known as the Ascend BPA for commercial cloud services.

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While the use of AI technologies is proving effective as a tool to help stop cyber criminals, the Federal government continues to faces an uphill road in deploying the technology, a U.S. Secret Service official said this week.

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The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has published a final rule in the Federal Register that restricts cybersecurity export controls in an effort to prevent foreign adversaries from accessing hacking tools.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $203.6 million in an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Application Development Support Services Contract (ADSS) as part of the agency’s IT modernization effort, according to a notice on SAM.gov.

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently opened up a third round of free COVID-19 rapid tests to send to households across the nation. But before the program was announced, the Office of the CIO had just three weeks to stand up a site that had to handle up to 20 million orders a day.

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As Federal agencies are looking to modernize and undergo enterprise-wide digital transformations, leaders at the Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are pointing to changing organizational culture and “having the right conversation” first.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – along with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering – has released a proposed five-step 5G Security Evaluation Process today for Federal agencies to receive authorization to operate (ATO).

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The National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force – a Federal advisory group authorized by Congress in 2020 to explore creating a national resource for AI research and development – issued a new report this week that lays out the beginnings of vision for how a national infrastructure could be established to meet the needs of the U.S. AI research community.

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The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on May 25 approved a bill that would direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to develop a national strategy for the research and development (R&D) of distributed ledger technologies.

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While many cybersecurity officials strive to achieve “no risk” when it comes to cyber risk management, officials from NASA this week explained that’s just not possible and suggested that agencies instead focus on managing risks that are important to the mission.

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