06 Dec 2018

DISA Outlines Plans to Wall Off the Public Internet

The DoD has been seeking white papers from vendors with plans for cloud-based systems that would effectively permit continued use of necessary internet connectivity but cut off public web access in a way that closes doors on most access points for hackers. Through the proposed system, all browsing would be

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26 Nov 2018

Defense, Homeland Security Secretaries Spearhead Cyber Cooperation Agreement

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spearheaded an agreement signed last week about how their agencies will work together on future cybersecurity challenges, Homeland Security Undersecretary Chris Krebs said last week. The pair is also urging more cyber cooperation between military and civilian government, Krebs said.

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19 Nov 2018

Here’s what the Pentagon’s first-ever audit found

“The Pentagon’s first-ever audit discovered major flaws in how it handles IT processes and challenges with its internal tracking databases, but did not discover any major cases of fraud or abuse. The audit — long sought by Congress and good-government groups — was unveiled Thursday evening. The effort covered $2.7

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16 Nov 2018

DoD is stretched thin and plans to pull back in Africa

The U.S. is preparing to draw down in Africa in order to concentrate on broader geopolitical threats. ‘As the department implements the [National Defense Strategy] to maintain our global military advantage, we are moving to a more resource-sustainable approach with our counter violent extremist organization campaign,’ Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr.

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16 Nov 2018

The Pentagon failed its first official audit, but officials aren’t surprised

“The U.S. Department of Defense ‘failed’ its first-ever audit, expected to be released Thursday, according to its No. 2 official. But Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan isn’t surprised at the result, saying it was widely expected the audit would find issues. A 1990 law passed by Congress required audits

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17 Oct 2018

DoD knows future terror groups will seek to copy ISIS, turn social media into a weapon

“The Islamic State’s 2014 invasion of Iraq, military futurist Peter Singer writes, ‘was launched with a hashtag.’ #AllEyesOnISIS became a viral propaganda machine that inspired followers, generated bots and is credited in part with driving enough fear to lead thousands of U.S.-trained and equipped Iraqi forces to abandon their posts.

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26 Sep 2018

New DoD/Rand report populates searchable, predictive database on sexual assault in the U.S. military

The U.S. Department of Defense recently released a study on sexual assault in the U.S. military. The data it generated from over 170,000 survey responses has formed the basis for all kinds of statistics broken down by gender, location, and service branch, allowing analysts to project the likelihood that any

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20 Sep 2018

DoD releases first new cyber strategy in three years

The Department of Defense has released its first new cyber strategy document since 2015. The document affirms that the U.S. “cannot afford inaction,” and that U.S. cyber operations must more “amplify military lethality and effectiveness” more offensively. Defense officials conducted a review of the department’s cyber capabilities and strategy that

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02 Aug 2018

The way you swipe your phone can be used to track you

A group of Australian researchers published a paper on how swipes, taps, key strokes, and handwriting on touch screen devices can be used to identify individuals. “While regular tracking tracks virtual identities such as online profiles, touch-based tracking has the potential to track and identify the actual (physical) person operating

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26 Jul 2018

Congress wants DoD to hold a national cyber response exercise

Although it has not included a deadline, Congress has proposed high-level exercise led by the DoD in cooperation with the DHS and FBI to prepare civilian agencies to respond to attacks on critical infrastructure. Responding to lawmakers’ claims that the DoD has not adequately prepared, DOD’s CYBERCOM has emphasized that

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