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03/30/2021
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SolarWinds fallout continues

The SolarWinds breach at the Department of Homeland Security went all the way to the top. According to new reports, the email of former acting Secretary Chad Wolf was successfully targeted by suspected Russian operatives, forcing him and other top DHS officials to get new phones with the encrypted messaging application Signal on them. A spokesperson said only a "small number" of email accounts were accessed. “The department no longer sees indicators of compromise on our networks and remains focused on further securing our networks against future attacks, integrating lessons learned from this incident,” the spokesperson said. “However, this widespread intrusion campaign has again shown that our strategic adversaries are sophisticated, persistent and have increasing capabilities.” Dave Nyczepir has the story.


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A new CMMC leader

After nearly a year of searching, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) finally has a CEO. Matthew Travis, a former deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has been tapped to lead the AB — the third-party, independent organization tasked with overseeing the ecosystem of assessors who will inspect the IT networks of the 300,000 companies in the defense industrial base. “Joining and leading the CMMC-AB is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to using my collective experiences of running a security company start-up as well as my time at CISA, where I focused on supply chain risk, to ensure we mitigate risks as they relate to both the DoD and the contractor community,” Travis said in a statement. Jackson Barnett has the story.


VA secretary concerned with EHR rollout

Denis McDonough went on the record recently with his worries about the Department of Veterans Affairs' rollout of its new electronic health record. McDonough told lawmakers late last week that he has concerns with the productivity of the department’s project to deliver a modernized electronic health record and that it could end up costing more than anticipated. More from Jackson.


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