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Federal Acquisition Security Council to Hold Inaugural Meeting Soon

The Federal Acquisition Security Council looks to develop policy guidance for agencies to use when purchasing IT products from commercial vendors, to avoid supply chain cyber vulnerabilities.

Despite Partisan Disputes, Most Cyber Cash in Budget Will be Spent

There is broad, bipartisan consensus about the need to secure the nation’s vital networks against hackers, cyber-spies and online criminals, which has gotten prior years' cybersecurity requests funded in full. Moreover, the lion’s share of the money — $9.6 billion — is in the defense budget, which likewise enjoys support on both sides of the aisle.

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Security Standards From IoT Vendors

The bill, introduced in the Senate by Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and in the House by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), hopes to use the federal government's power as a large consumer to raise security standards in the IoT ecosystem as a whole.

GAO: Departments Need to Improve CIOs’ Review and Approval of IT Budgets

GAO says several departments and component agencies need to address gaps in their IT budgeting policies and procedures, demonstrate implementation of OMB requirements, and establish procedures to ensure IT budgets are informed by reliable cost information.

DHS S&T Awards $1.27M to Two Universities to Improve Cybersecurity Investment Decision Making

DHS S&T has awarded a total of $1,272,320 across two universities to develop new solutions to improve the capability of organizations to understand and improve their cybersecurity control investment decisions.

New Cyber Attack Group Targeting Government and Military Organizations

Symantec Corporation has discovered a previously unknown attack group dubbed Gallmaker, which targets government and military organizations, including military and defense targets in the Middle East.

New Virtual Lab Aims to Deliver Services to Government Faster

SAIC has opened a virtual lab environment to enable federal government departments and agencies to accelerate time to delivery of software and other solutions and move at a pace similar to start-ups.

CBP Lacks Software to Verify E-Passport Chip Data, Senators Say

A skilled hacker could alter the data on an e-Passport chip — like the name, photo, or expiration date — without alerting a border agent, say experts.
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