Lord nominated to head Pentagon acquisition

If confirmed by the Senate, Lord would serve as undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics until February 2018, when that role splits to form two new offices.

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Pentagon will soon hold contractors to elevated cyber standards

by Billy Mitchell • 6 days ago

An updated regulation requires all vendors who do business with the department to more safely guard "covered defense information" that is transmitted to or stored in their systems or networks for contracted work.

New insider threat training regulations take effect for defense contractors

by Karen Epper Hoffman • 1 week ago

The new requirement demands that all cleared government contractors must complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information.

Persistent Systems awarded $100 million FBI smart radio contract

by Michael Bergin • 1 week ago

The contract gives the FBI access to the MPU5 system, designed to establish secure networks in any location, incorporating Android computer technology into flexible, self-healing network building in a compact, durable module.

FCC announces updates to Mapping Broadband Health initiative

by Ryan Johnston • 2 weeks ago

The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force announced on June 8 that their Mapping Broadband Health in America Platform will be updated to reflect new data.

New CIO taking over at Air Force

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Lt. Gen. Bradford Shwedo will take over as CIO of the Air Force on Friday, a spokesperson told FedScoop.

Intelligence agency taps FCC’s David Bray to lead new innovation office

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The NGA has tapped FCC CIO David Bray to lead its Ventures and Innovation Office starting next month.

Sensitive Pentagon files found unsecured on AWS server

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

A cybersecurity analyst discovered more than 60,000 sensitive Defense Department files on a publicly accessible Amazon Web Services server after contractor Booz Allen Hamilton appears to have left them there unsecured.

Bill would require Pentagon to tell Congress about active ‘special cyber operations’

by FedScoop Staff • 4 weeks ago

U.S. defense officials already notify lawmakers about such operations, but do so at their own discretion as there is no specific law currently in place to guide these private discussions.

Standalone U.S. Cyber Command would take big budget bump, Adm. Mike Rogers says

by FedScoop Staff • 1 month ago

The U.S. Cyber Command would need a 16 percent increase in its budget to separate itself from the NSA and become a full-fledged combatant command, Adm. Mike Rogers told House lawmakers Tuesday.

DARPA wants you to help explore next-gen radio uses

by Grayson Ullman • 2 months ago

The Software Defined Radio Hackfest aims to engage global scientific and engineering communities in charting the future of radio.

Pentagon automating its Cybersecurity Scorecard

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

The department is looking to release the Cybersecurity Scorecard 2.0 in the near future to replace the "static," self-reported version, said acting DOD CIO John Zangardi.

Air Force launches bug bounty program

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

The Air Force launched its own bug bounty program Wednesday dubbed “Hack the Air Force.”

Box receives DOD Level 4 cloud authorization

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Box has received authorization for its cloud platform to handle more sensitive Defense Department data, the storage and file-sharing company announced Wednesday.

Air Force invests millions in cyberweapons projects

by FedScoop Staff • 2 months ago

The Air Force awarded multimillion-dollar projects to three of the largest U.S. defense contractors in the past month to boost American offensive power in the cyber domain.

New DARPA program seeks cybersecurity through hardware design

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Pentagon scientists say they could stop 40 percent of current cyberattacks by producing secure computer chips.

Counter-drone tech, multi-factor authentication featured in DIUx’s 13 new agreements

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The Pentagon innovation lab said it has pulled in more than a dozen new projects totaling around $12.3 million.

Air Force CIO says role ‘has become much more prominent’ as he prepares to retire

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Government chief information officers are becoming more prominent on both the business and mission sides, and they're finally getting their work directly in front of decision-makers, says the Air Force's chief information officer, Lt. Gen. Bill Bender.

Former Defense CIO to join Samsung

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Former Defense Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen has been hired at Samsung Electronics Co. to help expand the company's global B2B mobile business.

One way to keep government stocked with qualified CIOs: Groom them at OMB first

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

A group including lawmakers and former government chief information officers said the overall federal CIO could be the pivot point for attracting talented people to fill CIO positions at other agencies.

Blackboard learning management system now hosted on AWS GovCloud

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

A learning system used by the Army, Blackboard Learn, is now available on Amazon Web Services GovCloud, Blackboard announced Monday.

Army headquarters looks to close the file on paper products

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

While some say print is dead, until now that did not hold true at Army headquarters.

What will happen to the plans for a chief innovation officer amid Pentagon changes?

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

A new presidency and legislation changing the structure of the Pentagon's leadership may throw into question what actually happens with a recommendation to create a chief innovation officer position.

Major defense information systems not meeting initial cost, schedule estimates, GAO says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Planned cost and schedule estimates for most of 18 Defense Department major automated information system programs changed from their original baselines, according to a new report.

General Dynamics snags contract to upgrade NATO’s IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

General Dynamics Information Technology won a contract with a potential value of about $150 million to modernize NATO's IT infrastructure, the alliance said.

Congress to Pentagon: What happened to the IT savings ideas?

by Samantha Ehlinger • 3 months ago

Years after a Defense Business Board task force estimated the Pentagon could save $5 billion to $9 billion by fiscal 2020 through IT optimization, some members of Congress are asking what the Pentagon has actually done with that information.

‘A strategic mistake’: Shulkin criticizes VA’s decision against unified health records with DOD

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

David Shulkin called it a "strategic mistake" for the Department of Veterans Affairs not to move to an integrated, modernized electronic health record platform directly aligned with the Defense Department.

Despite open jobs, veterans face problems landing civilian cybersecurity roles

by Patrick O’Neill • 3 months ago

Low morale at places like the National Security Agency and high salaries outside of government drive personnel away from Washington, D.C., and into the waiting arms of Silicon Valley.

DIUx ‘moving faster than we ever expected,’ one of its partners says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental isn't slowing down, despite some reins Congress put on it last year, one of its managing partners said to FedScoop.

Why the DOD is trying to focus more on software, big data

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

‎The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office is focusing more on software than hardware, and trying to pivot the department to becoming a data-driven organization, SCO Director Will Roper said Monday at SXSW.

Defense Digital Service open sources first project after revising strategy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The Defense Digital Service is launching Monday its first project on Code.mil, a step in what its leader says is a crucial journey toward open source.

What it’s like to work with DIUx

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

Working with the government is often a sluggish process, but it doesn't have to be, says Brandon Tseng, co-founder and CFO of artificial intelligence company Shield AI.

WikiLeaks reveals alleged U.S. hacking operations in release of CIA documents

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

In what is apparently the first in series of upcoming releases dubbed “Vault 7,” the controversial transparency organization claims that this will be the most comprehensive publication of confidential documents in CIA history.

Is the Pentagon’s IT leadership about to get murkier?

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

A new addition to Pentagon leadership created by the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act could change the way the department's chief information officer handles the job.

The barrier to mobility in classified situations? Policy, say SOCOM and former CIA officials

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

Policy hasn't kept up to accommodate technical solutions that would facilitate mobility in classified cases, said two officials on Thursday at the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Mobile Tech Summit.

Lawmakers troubled by cyber-enabled information warfare

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

Lawmakers are searching for answers to how the U.S. government should counter cyber-enabled information warfare and other foreign propaganda efforts like those allegedly deployed by Russian intelligence services during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

DISA wants to take a page out of DIUx’s acquisition playbook

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

One of the Pentagon's main IT purchasers says it wants to copy the practices of a smaller, more nimble military office when it comes to rapidly funding new capabilities from industry.

After Harold Martin case, intelligence community seeks answers

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

The case is causing leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to re-examine exactly how the government defends against insider threats.

NSA director wants to make it easier to use offensive cyber techniques

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The head of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command wants to see if in five to 10 years, offensive cyber operations can be fully integrated into the military's "operational tactical level."

Top U.S. intelligence official: Media is wrong about low morale

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

The issue of sinking morale within the U.S. intelligence community is a myth fabricated by the media, said a top U.S. intelligence official who spoke Thursday at the National Press Club.

Code.mil, the Pentagon’s open-source initiative, is live

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

Developers will be able to review and collaborate on the Defense Department's unclassified code through its new Code.mil initiative.

Mattis looks to explore IT, cyber consolidation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

President Donald Trump's new defense secretary is looking for ways to consolidate across the department certain business activities, such as information technology and cybersecurity.

First clinic launches DOD’s new electronic health record system

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The Defense Department's new electronic health record system is up and running at a medical clinic at Fairchild Air Force Base, after a scheduling delay to continue fixing functionality problems and patching security vulnerabilities.

Pentagon hackers-for-hire take just 4 hours to find critical vulnerability in sensitive system

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

The Pentagon's swat team has hosted highly-publicized challenges to find flaws in department and military branch websites, but they also recently orchestrated a more secret, complex project.

Could data be a challenge reward? Intelligence agency official says it’s worth exploring

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 months ago

Using challenges or competitions to bring non-traditional companies into the fold is now a somewhat familiar tool for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, but its deputy director said Monday the agency is starting to think about how to use its vast quantities of data to drive them.

Report: NSA contractor allegedly stole armory of elite hacking tools

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

Harold Martin reportedly compromised more than 75 percent of hacking tools that were stored in a secretive library used by the agency’s elite hacking unit.

NSA’s No. 2, its top civilian, will retire shortly

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency, announced he will retire this spring.

Finding feelings: Intelligence agency lines up new tool for rooting out insider threats

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 months ago

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency plans to try software that "looks for emotion" in employees by analyzing text in emails, work chats, social media and more.

HHS gets Navy vet as new cybersecurity chief

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

Christopher Wlaschin retired after 28 years in the Navy in 2008 as a lieutenant commander and has held a variety of civilian jobs since, including several stints at major health care companies in his home state.

Trump’s White House: cyberweapons development is a ‘priority’

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

President Donald Trump will prioritize the development of “offensive cyber capabilities,” offering new resources to U.S. Cyber Command to “safeguard our national security secrets and systems,” according to newly published information on the White House website.

Air Force cyber analysts will be getting virtual assistants

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

A newly launched software product, developed by Arlington, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm Endgame, will provide security operators with personal virtual assistants.

On cyber issues, Obama’s Pentagon ‘matured’ as norms rapidly changed

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

In future conflicts involving U.S. forces, hybrid warfare incorporating disinformation operations like the election-season email hacks will be “the norm, not the exception,” and the government needs to be better organized to counter them, a senior Obama administration defense official told FedScoop's sister publication CyberScoop.

Kendall: Stop expecting the Hill to fix acquisition process

by Samantha Ehlinger • 5 months ago

In trying to reform or regulate acquisition, the Hill normally does more harm than good, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said on Tuesday.

Pentagon’s IT provider seeks insider threat protection

by Patrick O’Neill • 6 months ago

The Defense Department’s unified IT provider is on the hunt for insider threat protection cybersecurity solutions to answer lawmakers’ fears that the department-wide network consolidation did not do enough to protect against threats from within.

DOD CIO’s lowest performance mark? Data centers, he says.

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

The Pentagon didn’t close as many data centers as its chief information officer would have liked, he said Wednesday.

Defense CIO Halvorsen staying on through February

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

The Pentagon's IT chief talked progress on Windows 10, a CAC replacement and the department's readiness for a Trump administration as he gets set to retire.

Navy’s deputy CIO to retire

by Samantha Ehlinger • 6 months ago

After nearly 33 years in government service, Janice Haith will retire in February.

DHS nominee Kelly mixes message on department’s cyber role

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

Kelly said reorganization and renaming of DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate to improve the department’s cyber capabilities would be a “top priority.”

Meet the man responsible for teaching some of the NSA’s best young hackers

by Chris Bing • 6 months ago

Carnegie Mellon University is to the NSA what the University of Alabama is to the NFL. And Professor David Brumley is CMU’s Nick Saban.

NSA’s Dukes will give ‘international flavor’ to nonprofit CIS

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

Curtis Dukes, the former head of information assurance at the NSA, says he will work to extend the reach of the nonprofit Center for Internet Security beyond U.S. borders now that he’s taken a post there after retiring following nearly four decades of government service.

Likely to miss data center goals, Army issues stringent new plan for closures

by Billy Mitchell • 6 months ago

Secretary Eric Fanning has laid out an explicit plan for the Army to achieve its data center closure and consolidation goals by 2018 — an effort that has otherwise made little progress in the past two years.