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DOD's enterprise ICAM tool

The Department of Defense is rolling out a new identity, credential and access management (ICAM) tool as part of its journey to zero-trust cybersecurity. The tool was developed by the Defense Information Systems Agency, which had previously solicited input from industry to help develop the technology to verify users on a network. The first users who will be offered use of the tool are in DOD’s financial management divisions and will be given access on a fee-for-service basis, according to DOD CISO David McKeown. Jackson Barnett has the news.

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USPTO's CIO gets excited about ML

The CIO of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is excited by the idea of machine-learning algorithms that can increase the speed at which patents are examined by importing relevant prior art — all information on its claim of originality — into pending applications sent to art units. “The ability to search, especially the big datasets, gets me so excited,” Jamie Holcombe said Tuesday. “Because that means we can unleash that power to anybody who can get on a computer and access the net.” Dave Nyczepir has this.

Is telework here to stay?

Let's Talk About IT is back with a new episode on the future of telework in the government. Acting General Services Administrator Katy Kale joins the podcast to discuss her agency’s move to mass remote work, why it’s been successful and what’s next. She also talks about the future of federal office work from GSA’s perspective as the federal landlord. In the second segment, ThunderCat Technology CTO Kurt Steege gives his thoughts on the effectiveness of agencies during pandemic telework and whether he thinks they will sustain remote work when it’s safe enough to return to normal. Listen now.

IC annual threat assessment drops

The intelligence community made its most direct public attribution yet that Russia was behind the SolarWinds espionage operation in its Annual Threat Assessment, which ODNI released Tuesday in advance of Wednesday morning's Senate worldwide threats hearing. The publication of the threat assessment coincides with President Joe Biden’s call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, during which Biden “made clear that the United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.” The intelligence community’s threat assessment also detailed Chinese, Iranian and North Korean threats. Shannon Vavra has this on CyberScoop.

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