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Update: Protest of termination of $132M NIH IT Information Security Support task denied

A protest filed in relation to corrective action that included the National Institutes of Health terminating a $132M task order for information security services and reviewing its requirement and acquisition process, has been denied. The future acquisition strategy is TBDThe post Update: Protest of termination of $132M NIH IT Information Security Support task denied appeared first on G2Xchange Health.

Commerce OIG Report reveals Failures in the Department’s Security Program Exposing Sensitive Trade Information

“We found that (1) the Department exposed sensitive data to unvetted foreign nationals working outside the United States; (2) unauthorized foreign nationals accessed and modified the EWS system after their contract had been terminated; (3) the Department mishandled the response to unauthorized access by foreign nationals; and (4) the Department failed to account for sensitive data on its systems. We […] The post Commerce OIG Report reveals Failures in the Department’s Security Program Exposing Sensitive Trade Information appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

CyberScoop: Energy Department shakes up cyber leadership with appointment of ex-NSA official

“Department of Energy officials have tapped a veteran of the National Security Agency to be the department’s top cyber official and lead an office that helps protect U.S. industry from hacking threats.” “In a message to department staff Thursday reviewed by CyberScoop, Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said Alexander Gates’ decades of experience in signals intelligence and cyber operations would […] The post CyberScoop: Energy Department shakes up cyber leadership with appointment of ex-NSA official appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

FedScoop Video: USDA’s Venice Goodwine talks zero trust

USDA CISO Venice Goodwine is featured at the Duo Security Zero Trust Summit 2020. Watch the video here. Source: USDA’s Venice Goodwine talks zero trust – February 13, 2020. FedScoop. The post FedScoop Video: USDA’s Venice Goodwine talks zero trust appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

DHS Acting CIO says CyberOps Center Moving to IT Ops Directorate

“Department of Homeland Security Acting CIO Beth Cappello said she is directing the move of the Cybersecurity Operations Center from the CISO Directorate to the Information Technology Operations Directorate (ITO).” “That move, Cappello said, will ultimately align with the Network Operations Security Center (NOSC) model.” “It will also allow the CISO to focus on enterprise policy, compliance, and assessments in […] The post DHS Acting CIO says CyberOps Center Moving to IT Ops Directorate appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

NIH CIT recruits Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

Ramesh Varanasi, experienced in system security vulnerabilities and remediation techniques, network and web-related protocols and with a strong understanding of Data Security and Regulatory Standards including Payment Card Industry (PCI), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), has taken on a new role as Deputy Chief Information Security Officer with the National Institutes of Health’s […] The post NIH CIT recruits Deputy Chief Information Security Officer appeared first on FedHealthIT.

NPR: GAO Finds 2020 Census Bureau Faces IT, Cybersecurity and Recruiting Challenges

“With just weeks before the 2020 census is set to roll out nationwide, the Census Bureau is lagging behind on recruiting temporary workers and addressing IT and cybersecurity risks tied to the first primarily online U.S. count, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warns.” “The bureau recently discovered during testing that its main IT system for collecting online […] The post NPR: GAO Finds 2020 Census Bureau Faces IT, Cybersecurity and Recruiting Challenges appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Fifth Domain: What’s in the DHS cyber agency’s budget request

“The Department of Homeland Security’s budget request includes proposed funding changes to two federal cybersecurity programs run by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, while also previewing future investments CISA wants in order to improve its effectiveness.” “CISA would receive $1.75 billion under President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget, released Feb. 10, a significantly reduction from the more than […] The post Fifth Domain: What’s in the DHS cyber agency’s budget request appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

FedScoop Interview: OMB’s Jordan Burris on the Federal CIO’s mindset around Zero Trust

Office of the Federal CIO’s Jordan Burris discusses the benefits of zero trust security and the biggest challenges. Watch the video here. Source: OMB’s Jordan Burris on the federal CIO’s mindset around zero trust – February 12, 2020. FedScoop. The post FedScoop Interview: OMB’s Jordan Burris on the Federal CIO’s mindset around Zero Trust appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Connecting Vets: ‘Disturbing’: VA-recommended apps could access private veteran data, Congress says

“VA-recommended smartphone apps could access veteran data, including phone cameras, microphones, photos, locations, contacts, calendars, files and more.” “Members of Congress called the potential access or collection of such data by the Department of Veterans Affairs or third parties “disturbing” during a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on data privacy at VA. Lawmakers also were […] The post Connecting Vets: ‘Disturbing’: VA-recommended apps could access private veteran data, Congress says appeared first on FedHealthIT.

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