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The impact of SolarWinds breach on DOD

It's unclear if the Pentagon has been impacted in the SolarWinds Orion breach. But even if it has, some former defense officials believe it will be in a better place than most of its civilian counterparts. Former DOD CISO Jack Wilmer told FedScoop that he suspects DOD will have a handle on the order of magnitude of a possible attack “pretty quick,” with a picture of the full scope taking “days to weeks” to locate which networks could have the malicious actors on them. Additionally, while it is a common security practice to keep software up to date, not doing so, in some cases, may have coincidentally helped protect DOD’s networks. Jackson Barnett has the scoop.

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Amazon’s latest push to overturn Microsoft’s JEDI award

In newly unsealed court documents, Amazon says it can offer the Pentagon technically superior cloud services at a lower price than rival Microsoft under the Pentagon’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract. Amazon’s legal team says in the filing that Microsoft “has never performed a cloud computing contract of this scale or complexity,” and its proposal “failed numerous critical evaluation criteria and would cost taxpayers significantly more than [Amazon Web Services‘] battle-tested solution.” An Amazon spokesperson said the company is “now the lowest-priced bid by tens of millions of dollars.” Billy Mitchell has this.

GAO: Agencies must ramp up supply chain risk management practices

The Government Accountability Office is out with a new report — and with good timing. Most large federal agencies have not implemented supply chain risk management (SCRM) practices that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends, the report says. IT comes as several federal agencies are dealing with the fallout of a supply chain risk management issue in the SolarWinds breach. Sara Wilson has this one.

How open data can play a critical role under Biden

In a contributed op-ed, members of the Center for Open Data Enterprise give recommendations for ways the next administration can use social determinants of health data to fight COVID-19. Read the op-ed now.

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