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DHS CISA, FBI IT Execs: Complacency is biggest roadblock to Cybersecurity

“The biggest roadblock to developing a strong cybersecurity posture at federal agencies isn’t resources or talent — it’s complacency.” “Federal agencies need to “get back to basics” with their cybersecurity strategies and practice vigilance and consistency, senior officials from CISA, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) said. Patching systems and not clicking on phishing campaigns, they […] The post DHS CISA, FBI IT Execs: Complacency is biggest roadblock to Cybersecurity appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

DHS taps Cyberspace & Enterprise Programs lead as Acting Director for Test and Evaluation

James Wells brings his recent experience driving efforts within the Cyberspace & Enterprise Programs as he takes on a new challenge as Acting Director of Test and Evaluation at Department of Homeland Security. James also brings prior experience leading a team of contractor action officers and FFRDC support staff to provide DT&E support to the approximately 45 programs that constitute […] The post DHS taps Cyberspace & Enterprise Programs lead as Acting Director for Test and Evaluation appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Accenture seeking Security Account Lead for Federal Civilian Accounts

Responsibilities: The AFS Cyber Practice is seeking Security Account Leads (SALs) who can provide thought leadership in security strategy, assessments, and delivery.  This role is heavily focused on maintaining and building strong client relationships through the successful delivery of stellar cybersecurity services. Requirements: Experience working in IT or cybersecurity, and management of various cybersecurity services and offerings Experience performing project […] The post Accenture seeking Security Account Lead for Federal Civilian Accounts appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Interview: DHS Executive Suzanne Spaulding on National Cyber Director Role

“Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security in the International Security Program at CSIS, explains the authorities that a National Cyber Director role would have and the steps necessary to create this position.” Access the interview here. Source: Updates on the National Cyber Director role – August 10, 2020. Government Matters. The post Interview: DHS Executive Suzanne Spaulding on National Cyber Director Role appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Education Department CIO Jason Gray defends data incident at FITARA hearing

“The Education Department received a B+ on the FITARA scorecard, down from an A+ in December. But that wasn’t the reason Jason Gray, the agency’s CIO, appeared before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations on Aug. 3. After his opening statement highlighting Education’s IT modernization progress over the last few years—upgrading 5,000 laptops, reducing storage costs and […] The post Education Department CIO Jason Gray defends data incident at FITARA hearing appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

CISA Cyber Executive Richard Driggers on plans to protect critical infrastructure

“It might be critical, but infrastructure in the United States has remained stubbornly difficult to protect from cyber and physical attacks. Now the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has a new five-year plan for an important subset of critical infrastructure, namely industrial control systems. With details of the plan, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the deputy assistant director […] The post CISA Cyber Executive Richard Driggers on plans to protect critical infrastructure appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Nextgov: VA Needs a Cyber Audit of its Governmentwide Financial Services Center

“The Veterans Affairs Department needs to audit the cybersecurity of one of its components, and the results will likely have effects beyond the agency.” “VA’s Financial Services Center, based in Austin, Texas, released a request for information Friday seeking cybersecurity audit services for the shared services program, which manages accounting and financial services for VA […] The post Nextgov: VA Needs a Cyber Audit of its Governmentwide Financial Services Center appeared first on FedHealthIT.

VA RFI: Cyber Security Audit Services

Solicitation: 36C10B20Q0523 The objective of this acquisition is to acquire professional services to perform in-depth Cyber Security Audit Services in support of the VA FSC. Specifically, the Cyber Security Audit services to be acquired shall support Compliance, Strategy and Sustainment.  Compliance shall include analysis of VA alignment to and compliance with Federal Government statutes, mandates, […] The post VA RFI: Cyber Security Audit Services appeared first on FedHealthIT.

DHS CIO, CTO discuss cyber tools, say network visibility is key

“As government cybersecurity practices shifted to adjust to the increase in telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) previewed cyber tools offered by the agencies, but reminded Feds that knowing the network architecture is an early and necessary step toward selecting the correct protections.” “’The key […] The post DHS CIO, CTO discuss cyber tools, say network visibility is key appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

IRS OCIO awards $11M Cybersecurity Data Warehouse Refreshment and Countermeasures task

The Department of Treasury has awarded a one-year, $11M Cybersecurity Data Warehouse (CSDW) Refreshment and Countermeasures task. Small business AlphaSix Corporation (A6) won the task, which was awarded as a small business set-aside on the NASA SEWP V vehicle and funded by the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. Awardee Name: ALPHASIX CORPORATION Contract Duration: 12 months […] The post IRS OCIO awards $11M Cybersecurity Data Warehouse Refreshment and Countermeasures task appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

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