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03/05/2021
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DOD No. 3 nominee highlights cyber

Colin Kahl, the nominee to be the Pentagon’s undersecretary for policy, said Thursday during a confirmation hearing that one of his top priorities if confirmed would be to bring more focus to the resiliency of the Department of Defense's networks. Kahl called for greater emphasis within the department on being able to quickly repair and harden vulnerabilities, with the SolarWinds Orion attack as a fresh example. "Our networks have to be more resilient so they bounce back further,” Kahl told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Jackson Barnett reports.


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GSA breaking barriers to data sharing

The General Services Administration is working to reduce barriers to interagency collaboration around data and the cloud. The agency partnered with Federal Chief Information Officers Council leadership to develop configuration guidance and pilots, as well as whitelist FedRAMP-approved cloud technologies blocked between agencies, said Dan Pomeroy, who leads the Office of Information Integrity and Access within GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy. Dave Nyczepir takes you inside.


CISA orders agencies to address critical Microsoft bugs

A day after Microsoft told the world that Chinese hackers were exploiting popular email software to steal data, the U.S. government is urgently trying to address the issue. DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has given civilian agencies until Friday to report back on their exposure to the flaws in Exchange Server software. It’s a reminder of the Chinese cyber capabilities with which the Biden administration has to contend. CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas has more.


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