23 Jan 2019

French Defence Sec: ‘Cyber-war has begun’ and France will hack first

Shifting the general European tone on the subject from secretive to open, the French Defense Secretary recently declared in a speech that “cyber war has begun” and that the country has added cyber capabilities to its arsenal that it is prepared to use proactively. The speech invites close collaboration between

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02 Jan 2019

The Boldest Predictions for Federal Technology in 2019

“Predictions are hard, which is why Nextgov turned to industry leaders with a simple request: Give us your boldest prediction for federal IT. They dove into specific initiatives like the Defense Department’s Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract and the General Service Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract as well as the

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02 Jan 2019

Seven Tech Bills that Died in Congress in 2018

With the closing of the 115th Congress, many technology bills remaining on the docket will be put out to pasture. Many of the new bills will likely be reintroduced in the next session, but others will likely not. Among the higher profile pieces of legislation that never landed on President

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27 Dec 2018

How the new acting Pentagon chief views cybersecurity

“President Donald Trump announced in a Dec. 23 tweet that Patrick Shanahan will become acting secretary of defense Jan. 1, replacing outgoing Pentagon chief Jim Mattis two months early. While it is not clear how long Shanahan will remain in the job, he is on the short list of officials

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13 Nov 2018

A New Congress Brings New Tech Priorities and Increased Oversight

The new Democratic majority in Congress will likely have an impact on the continued development of cyber and tech policy. Areas that will likely see increased attention include privacy, oversight, and the new vacancy for the top Democrat place in the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. Regarding privacy, the topic may

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13 Nov 2018

National School for Cybersecurity Opens in Senegal – First in Africa

In a country, region, and continent beset with cybercrime and cyber vulnerabilities, a new “National School of Cybersecurity” has been launched in Dakar, Senegal. The school is the first of its kind on the continent and hopes to function as a “best-practice hub” for all of Africa. Expected to begin

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12 Nov 2018

Draft Federal Data Strategy Too ‘Unwieldy’ to Implement, Stakeholders Say

Critics of the forthcoming Federal Data Strategy have faulted it for being unwieldy and overly difficult for end users to understand. According to one policy analyst, “the current draft has 47 practices organized around five objectives, 10 principles and six lifecycle steps. The result is an unwieldy three-dimensional framework that

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07 Nov 2018

Midterms Security Watch: Quiet Election Day early sign of cyber policy success

“For months, top U.S. officials have warned that foreign countries, specifically Russia and China, have the capability to hack the American midterm elections. Fifth Domain is live-blogging election security updates before, during and after the Nov. 6 vote, following the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and others to

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14 Aug 2018

Experts question the benefit of proliferating cybersecurity offices

A long series of state agencies and departments have been founded to secure U.S. programs, assets, and operations, but some experts are arguing that this has generated more confusion than security as the government has not worked to coordinate private sector capabilities. Problems of information sharing and overlapping agendas have

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23 Jul 2018

The Army probably needs to update its cyber doctrine every 18 months

Due to the rate of change and development in cyber, army leaders in the area have argued that the U.S. Army must update its cyber doctrines more regularly. While Chief of Staff at CYBERCOM, Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty instructed the Cyber Center of Excellence to update its doctrine/cyber field manual

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