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A Joint Cyber Center for space

Space Command is working to stand up a Joint Cyber Center, its commander told senators Tuesday. Gen. James Dickinson, the Army general in charge of Space Command, said the center will be a critical part of the command’s mission and act as a central unit that can help it integrate with other cyber-focused commands, like U.S. Cyber Command. “We are in competition each day, both in space and cyber,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. More from Jackson Barnett.

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Fighting power grid cyberattacks

The Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday announced a 100-day plan to help shore up the U.S. electric power system against cyber threats. The plan, rolled out with the private sector and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is meant to help owners and operators develop more comprehensive approaches to detection, mitigation and forensic capabilities. The 100-day plan comes as the energy industry and DOE grapple with an alleged Russian government sweeping espionage campaign involving the federal contractor SolarWinds. DOE is one of several federal government agencies that found malicious software on its networks linked with the hacking operation. Shannon Vavra has more on CyberScoop.

DARPA opens the toolbox

DARPA launched a new Toolbox Initiative to give contractors access to the latest and greatest tech from other commercial companies. DARPA will facilitate agreements between “providers” of computing tech that could advance the work of DARPA’s contracted “performer” companies working on groundbreaking tech. The programing manager in charge told FedScoop it's a win-win for both performers and providers. More from Jackson.

Building custom networks for 5G

For agencies looking to explore 5G, look no further than the Department of Defense. According to one official with the National Science Foundation, the DOD has done a stellar job using 5G to power its custom networks. “The approach that the DOD has taken is very much tapping into the real benefit of 5G,” said Thyaga Nandagopal, deputy division director with NSF. “Which is you can create a custom network that suits your needs in a very localized instance.” Dave Nyczepir has this.


Government agencies lean into MSPs to keep up with IT demands

Two-thirds of respondents in a new government survey say their agency is using, or considering using, managed service providers to meet their IT demands. Agency leaders are pressed for a new generation of IT skills and experience to deploy cloud-based IT, data management and cybersecurity solutions. As managed service models evolve, the study suggests that MSPs may play a growing role in how agencies modernize. Learn more about the findings.

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