Federal

White House plans executive action in response to massive breach

In the wake of a wide-ranging hack involving SolarWinds IT management software and other commercial products, the White House is planning executive action to address cybersecurity gaps.

Expect more nation-state cyberattacks, Krebs says

Attacks from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea will likely continue “until the leadership has decided that it cannot tolerate further behavior," former CISA Director Chris Krebs told the House Homeland Security Committee.

DOD eyes CMMC-FedRAMP reciprocity by end of FY 2021

The Defense Department is working with the General Services Administration to work out reciprocity between the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

NGA eyes expanding homeland security info with business data

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants geolocation data on U.S. business operating in sectors considered essential to U.S. homeland security.

DOD, NTIA pushing open 5G stack ecosystem

The Defense Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced plans to issue a challenge to accelerate development of software and telecom technologies for an open 5G stack ecosystem in support of DOD missions.

GSA adds American-made, defense drones to schedule

Through the  Defense Innovation Unit’s  Blue sUAS initiative, five U.S.-manufactured drone configurations are providing secure options for military and civilian agencies.

Sustainment issues plague F-35’s logistics IT backbone

Questions remain about the replacement for the F-35’s logistics infrastructure, Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, which has been riddled with errant alerts and corrupted data transfer.

DOD watchdog finds no political interference in $10B JEDI award

An oversight report found several missteps and cases of ethical misconduct, but could not substantiate allegations of White House interference in the award of the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract to Microsoft.

Senate confirms Esper as new Defense secretary

With conflict increasing between the U.S. and Iran, Mark Esper's confirmation brings some order to a seven-month round of musical chairs among the Defense Department's top leadership.

DISA pilots zero-trust networking

The Defense Information Systems Agency is testing out zero-trust networking on DOD's classified network.

Defense contractors face tight deadlines for new 2020 certification standards

Contractors will be facing big changes and tight timelines when DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification goes live next year.

Shanahan out as Pentagon chief; Army Secretary Esper steps in

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan was resigning and withdrawing his name from consideration to hold the top Pentagon job on an acting basis. Trump announced that Army Secretary Mark Esper is taking over as acting defense secretary.

Tangles in China-U.S. tech supply chain are growing

It's becoming almost impossible to untangle U.S. supply chain security policy from other political and economic issues at play, particularly when dealing with China, cybersecurity experts say.

Filling the federal cyber talent pipeline

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative aims to jumpstart cyber careers by placing university graduates in federal agencies.

Machine learning on the fly

The Real-Time Machine Learning Grand Challenge aims to create processors that can interpret and learn from data in real-time with the energy efficiency of the human brain.

Report: AI strategy essential for future defense

A national strategy for artificial intelligence will boost the nation's competitiveness, support defense capabilities and spur AI adoption, according to a recent report from the Center for Data Innovation.

Army Research Lab teams up with Uber

The Army Research Lab, the University of Texas at Austin and NASA are working with Uber on its flying taxi service.