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11/13/2020
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A new DOD CISO

The Department of Defense has hired its next chief information security officer. Dave McKeown, a long-time government IT and security official, most recently at the Department of Justice, will start in the role later in November. McKeown replaces Jack Wilmer, who left the department in July to lead a private security company. “I am confident Dave has the right skills to serve as the Department’s leader in cybersecurity and look forward to him joining our team,” CIO Dana Deasy told FedScoop. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.


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NIST releasing guidance on trustworthy AI

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a series of foundational documents on trustworthy artificial intelligence in the coming months. The agency has spent the summer reaching out to companies, researchers and other federal agencies about how to proceed. NIST hopes to establish standards accepted by the international AI community but needs more time to understand the dangers of bias within data and algorithms, as well as how to measure it, said Elham Tabassi, chief of staff at the agency’s Information Technology Laboratory. Dave Nyczepir has this one.


Biden's IT, cyber transition experts

President-elect Joe Biden this week named members of his transition team who will lead agency reviews as the new administration prepares to take office in January. Many of those volunteers are former IT and cybersecurity experts who've served in the government prior. Many had high-level roles during the Obama administration, like the first U.S. CTO, Aneesh Chopra; a former deputy U.S. CTO, Nicole Wong; and many alums of the U.S. Digital Service. FedScoop sourced a thorough — but not necessarily exhaustive — list of transition officials with IT and cyber backgrounds. See who Biden picked.


A major departure at DHS

Bryan S. Ware is leaving the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to explore starting a new company. Ware pointed to work the agency has done in the last 10 months to protect vaccine research from hacking and the U.S. elections from interference. “I think against significant odds, the work we did on [protecting] elections is really a testament to what this agency can do,” Ware told CyberScoop. He came to CISA after a career as an entrepreneur. More on CyberScoop.


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