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At Pentagon, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is for families too

by Billy Mitchell • 4 days ago

DOD cyber officials want to pass along good cyber hygiene to their families departmentwide too.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

CIO Crawford pivots Army to DevOps to address network woes

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The new Army CIO says he hopes to get the service's network acquisition back on track.

Pentagon sets ‘aggressive’ path to cloud with new steering group

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a recent memo directing the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group.

Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.

Derived credentials enable the perfect balance between security and user experience on mobile devices

by FedScoop Staff • 1 month ago

NIST-compliant multi-factor authentication reduces IT friction, improves security for government users of smartphones and tablets.

Zielinski named governmentwide IT category manager

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

He will replace Mary Davie, who was recently promoted to acting deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

Adapt or die: The national security implications of a globalized tech market

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

The federal government needs to embrace global trends in the technology market or face irrelevance, officials and executives said.

Pentagon invests $17 million more in the promise of lasers

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

Senator Martin Heinrich announced the investment while in New Mexico last week.

DISA taps rear admiral as its new vice chair

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

The agency selected communications specialist Rear Adm. Nancy Norton to help oversee its information technology and cyber operations.

Watchdog: USAID e-pay program captures less than 1 percent of targeted Afghan customs revenue

by Carten Cordell • 2 months ago

After spending $161 million to help stop customs corruption, USAID officials find their electronic payment system has fallen short of expectations.

John Sherman appointed CIO of the intelligence community

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Sherman will report directly to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Secretary Mattis ready to ‘enthusiastically embrace’ DIUx

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 months ago

"There is no doubt in my mind that DIUx will not only continue to exist, it will actually — it will grow in its influence and its impact on the Department of Defense," Secretary Mattis said while on a visit to Silicon Valley.

CIO Rob Foster departing Navy

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Foster's last day is Aug. 19, before joining the National Credit Union Administration as deputy CIO.

Army finds a new CIO in Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 months ago

Crawford assumed the post on Aug. 1.

DISA to replace JHITS with Pacific telecom upgrade in 2018

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The agency said that it planned to upgrade its telecommunications operations in the Pacific Rim next year with a shift away from legacy systems.

NGA cyber chief Pearce leaves agency

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Pearce left NGA in June for new military orders at the National Security Agency.

Watchdog: Pentagon needs stronger guidance for IoT device security

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

A GAO report found that the DOD’s policies on Internet of Things devices aren’t sufficient enough to guard against their potential security risks.

NGA wants to crowdsource its emergency response at Austin hackathon

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is again reaching out to the public for some fresh ideas on how to use its data with hackathon series.

Navy SEALs ink deal for anti-drone tech through DIUx acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The Navy SEALs will soon have their six covered when it comes to drones.

MHS Genesis continues its test rollout to second pilot site

by Carten Cordell • 3 months ago

DHA officials said the electronic health records system is now operational at a medical facility servicing more than 20,000 outside of Seattle.

House adds cybersecurity amendments to its version of defense bill

by FedScoop Staff • 3 months ago

Debate on the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included the addition of several amendments intended to improve cybersecurity within the federal government, and particularly within the military.

FITARA extensions proposed for House’s 2018 NDAA

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

Three provisions are set to sunset in late 2018 and 2019.

DIUx procuring mobile endpoint security software on behalf of Pentagon

by Billy Mitchell • 3 months ago

The Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental listed a solicitation for a commercially available solution that can "actively vet applications to standards on DoD mobile devices, limiting downloads of certain applications, and stopping malicious activities."

Military testing behavioral ID technology that would replace CAC card

by FedScoop Staff • 4 months ago

The Pentagon has finally inked a deal to pilot behavioral biometric technology to identify those using its computer networks, more than a year after its CIO first pledged to get rid of the ubiquitous Common Access Card.

Pentagon falling behind on prototyping, watchdog finds

by Ryan Johnston • 4 months ago

The Defense Department lacks a comprehensive strategy to maintain prototyping and innovation initiatives, a new GAO report found.

An end of the Pentagon CIO? Senate NDAA would split the position

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

The Senate version of the $700 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2018 would split the Defense Department CIO responsibilities among new chief management officer and chief information warfare officer positions.

Kaspersky products would be banned from Pentagon under Senate bill

by FedScoop Staff • 4 months ago

Products from the Moscow-based cybersecurity company would be banned from the Department of Defense under a version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill.

Lord nominated to head Pentagon acquisition

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months ago

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.

Pentagon will soon hold contractors to elevated cyber standards

by Billy Mitchell • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 months 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 • 5 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 6 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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 • 7 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.