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Short Shutdown Has Little Impact on Defense Firms

Timing is everything. Three days — including a weekend — is not quite enough to cause production problems that really hurt. Just days into the U.S. government shutdown in 2013, several defense companies threatened to furlough thousands of their employees whose jobs were tied to federal facilities or projects that were curtailed. This year, that… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE – Attention Contractors: Insider Threat Awareness Training Is Mandatory

On May 31, 2017, all cleared government contractors are required to complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information. The regulation mandates the training takes place annually. The requirement is part of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Change 2, a regulation issued in May 2016 by… Keep Reading

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Cybersecurity Order Mandates Federal IT Move to the Cloud – But Will that Solve Security Issues?

Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of RedLock, a cloud infrastructure security company, said moving to the cloud alone will not solve the government’s IT security issues. “It’s important to note that simply moving IT assets to the cloud won’t make them immune to the threats we face today,” he said. “Cloud providers are only responsible… Keep Reading

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National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin Updated; Jihadi Threat Increases for Homeland

This week, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly announced an update of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the homegrown terror threat. It’s the fourth update of the Bulletin on the homegrown terrorism threat which has been reissued twice since the initial Bulletin was released in December 2015.… Keep Reading

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DHS Delivers Study on Government Mobile Device Security to Congress

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted a report to Congress detailing current and emerging threats to the federal government’s use of mobile devices. The report recommended security improvements within the “mobile device ecosystem.” DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) led the study in coordination with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST)… Keep Reading

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SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Trump Signs Long Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order, Draft of Which Homeland Security Today First Reported Last Week; Cyber Authorities Weigh In

President Trump today finally signed a long awaited Executive Order (EO) on Cybersecurity, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the April 27 draft of which Homeland Security Today first reported last week, and which sources familiar with the then draft EO told Homeland Security Today Trump was expected to sign this week. With the… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Identity and Access Management Isn’t New – But What’s Missing?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a government cybersecurity audit report focused on actions needed to strengthen US capabilities. Over time, GAO has made approximately 2,500 recommendations to federal agencies to enhance their information security programs and controls, yet, less than half of these have been implemented. Though many key recommendations are offered in… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Are Governments Sufficiently Prepared for Nuclear Incidents?

As more and more countries move away from fossil fuels and towards alternative energy sources, many are reexamining their approach towards nuclear energy. Six years after the Fukushima nuclear incident, three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and nearly four decades after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, governments are still grappling with the public… Keep Reading

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Hypori First VMI Provider to Achieve NIST Certification With S&T’s Help

Late last month, Hypori was the first virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) provider to obtain the “difficult” Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1 certification for cryptographic modules from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The certification approves Hypori’s virtual mobile device (VMD) as a method for federal civilian agencies, intelligence communities and… Keep Reading

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Section of San Andreas Fault Close to LA Could Be Overdue for Major Earthquake

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the US Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. The last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic geological event that ruptured an astonishing 185… Keep Reading

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Cyber Security and the Insider: Is the Threat What It Appears?

The House recently passed the Department of Homeland Security Insider Threat and Mitigation Act of 2017 (HR 666), a bill to tighten defenses against insider threats. This comes just months after another National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Harold Martin, allegedly stole sensitive government information. Martin was arrested by the FBI in August 2016 and recently… Keep Reading

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