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Baked-in cybersecurity goodness

Experts say that one way to eliminate cybersecurity vulnerabilities is to build cyber defenses into the wide range of information technology devices that are rapidly becoming part of the "Internet of things". Baked-in cybersecurity is the goal of new draft guidelines recently proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In this edition of "AFCEA Answers", Dr. Ron Ross, senior computer scientist and information security researcher with NIST, joins us to discuss SP 800-160, proposals which would mandate the design of cyber protection into the hardware and software of the next generation of IT products and services. Also, Dr. Ross discusses how SP 800-160 is part of the continuing work on the federal government's cybersecurity framework.

Tags: AFCEA , AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Ron Ross , cyber security , NIST , IT

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:12pm EDT

The Joint Information Environment: A Progress Report

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a large-scale revamping of its information infrastructure. The Joint Information Environment (JIE) promises to facilitate information sharing among the military services, other government stakeholders, and coalition partners. And it will do so while consolidating resources at a time of budgetary challenges. In this edition of AFCEA Answers, DOD Deputy CIO David DeVries offers a progress report on the JIE, and hints at how they will inevitably measure success. Also: a preview of the upcoming AFCEA JIE Mission Partner Symposium, May 12 - 14 in Baltimore.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , David DeVries , Max Cacas , DoD , AFCEA

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 11:18am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is putting up almost $100 million to fund the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. DHS issued a broad agency announcement that lists the first four areas in which DHS wants to know the art of the possible. Doug Maughan, director of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the initial set of cybersecurity research areas. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , InDepth , DHS , Doug Maughan , cybersecurity , R&D

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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DHS S&T antes up $95M for cyber research, development

The Science and Technology Directorate issued a Broad Agency Announcement and four specific solicitations to get industry, academia and others thinking about how to improve cybersecurity. Over the next nine months, the agency will review white papers, proposals and make awards, with expectations of the development of commercial or open source projects in the next year or two.

Tags: acquisition , DHS , Douglas Maughan , cybersecurity , research and development , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/27/2014, 04:02am EDT
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Army issues new policy to gain better control over enterprise apps

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, the Army's CIO/G6, said the service now is requiring all enterprise software titles to be modernized, virtualized and migrated to an approved data center.

Tags: Ask the CIO , Army , Robert Ferrell , cybersecurity , Joint Information Environment , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 07:57am EDT
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Lawmakers optimistic about IT reform, cyber improvements

The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , Shaun Donovan , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , IT reform , cybersecurity , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Beth Cobert , Mark Forman , TASC , Erica McCann , Daniel Castro , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 09:37am EDT

Pentagon sticking to its guns in commercial approach to health record system

After a failed attempt to build a shared system with VA, the Defense Department is in a hurry to replace its aging health IT system. DoD says the final product will be an off-the-shelf commercial solution with as few changes as possible.

Tags: DoD , VA , health IT , Christopher Miller , Craig Schaefer , John Windom , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:10am EDT
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DIA opens new gateway to vendors, hoping for disruptive technologies

The Defense Intelligence Agency will inaugurate its new Open Innovation Gateway on Wednesday, as part of its strategy to bring new technologies into the intelligence community from non-traditional vendors, and to buy new capabilities within weeks instead of years.

Tags: acquisition , industry , DoD , Defense Intelligence Agency , Needipedia , Michael Flynn , Dan Doney , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:49am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DATA Act is law, IT, acquisition A-11 changes

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. Senate lawmakers prepare to mark-up IT reform bill next week. CIO's spend time at camp where OMB and others emphasize the word of the year: effectiveness.

Tags: DATA Act , financial management , A-11 , OMB , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , FITARA , FISMA , cybersecurity , Steve VanRoekel , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , budget , security clearances , ODNI , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:32pm EDT

Senate's version of FISMA update cleans up around the cyber edges

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members will introduce and markup the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Wednesday. The bill would require OMB to rescind a major section of Circular A-130 in order to fix long-standing complaints with FISMA's reauthorization requirements.

Tags: Congress , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , DHS , cybersecurity , FISMA , A-130 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 05:14pm EDT
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