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Federal News Network: CISA to pilot secure cloud instance in response to SolarWinds attack

“The rash of cyber attacks in the last six months is forcing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to come up with a new way to secure agency cloud instances.” “CISA will use some of the $650 million it received through the American Rescue Plan to test out these concepts.” “’One of the real lessons out of Solarwinds was the […] The post Federal News Network: CISA to pilot secure cloud instance in response to SolarWinds attack appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Threatpost: 200K Veterans’ Medical Records May Have Been Stolen by Ransomware Gang

“UPDATE A database filled with the medical records of nearly 200,000 U.S. military veterans was exposed online by a vendor working for the Veterans Administration, according to an analyst, who also presented evidence the data might have been exfiltrated by ransomware attackers.” “The VA for its part said that the evidence may point to internal […] The post Threatpost: 200K Veterans’ Medical Records May Have Been Stolen by Ransomware Gang appeared first on FedHealthIT, a service of MileMarker10.

MeriTalk: Federal CISOs Say CDM Payoffs Well Worth Implementation Challenges

“Federal agency chief information security officers (CISOs) told a Senate panel today that the security payoffs yielded by the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program are well worth the challenges that agencies have faced in implementing the program run by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)…” “The CDM program – along with the EINSTEIN intrusion detection and blocking program […] The post MeriTalk: Federal CISOs Say CDM Payoffs Well Worth Implementation Challenges appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

ManTech recruits IT leader Russell Smith as Program Director (Cybersecurity)

Russell Smith, an IT and cybersecurity leader with over 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, has taken on a new challenge as Program Director (Cybersecurity) at ManTech. Russell brings extensive experience leading highly technical employees to deliver customer-focused secure technology. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity, organizational leadership, project management, system acquisition and policy implementation. […] The post ManTech recruits IT leader Russell Smith as Program Director (Cybersecurity) appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

FCW: Why zero trust is having a moment

“Just a few years ago, zero trust security for federal systems was wishful thinking. The benefits were obvious, but actual implementation seemed inconceivable. Today, forward-leaning agencies are actively incorporating zero trust into their security models, and Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha has said the White House will push all federal agencies toward a ‘zero trust paradigm.’ FCW recently […] The post FCW: Why zero trust is having a moment appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

DOE Secretary says cyber R&D is agency priority

“Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday said cybersecurity research and development will be a top priority for DOE technology programs in the agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget and rebutted suggestions that the administration was not sufficiently prioritizing cybersecurity in the wake of multiple high-profile intrusions. ‘I know from our industry partners that I have spoken to that they […] The post DOE Secretary says cyber R&D is agency priority appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

Federal News Network: DHS set to launch its ‘most significant hiring initiative’ as part...

“The Department of Homeland Security is building momentum on its plans to get ahead of an escalating ransomware threat, and getting started on 60-day sprint focused on ramping up its cyber workforce to get ahead of these threats…” “‘We intend to execute the most significant hiring initiative that the Department of Homeland Security has undertaken in its history,’ [DHA Secretary […] The post Federal News Network: DHS set to launch its ‘most significant hiring initiative’ as part of cyber workforce sprint appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

MeriTalk: CISA closely tracking DOD’s CMMC progress for lessons on future efforts

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is keeping a close eye on the progress of the Defense Department’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program to improve the security of the defense industrial base (DIB) as CISA considers possible moves in the same direction on the civilian side of the Federal government…” “Boyden Rohner, CISA’s associate director for vulnerability […] The post MeriTalk: CISA closely tracking DOD’s CMMC progress for lessons on future efforts appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

State Department seeking a tool to scan its worldwide network for vulnerabilities

“‘The DOS Cyber Protection program requires the capability to rapidly scan, assess and report on the security posture of the department’s networks,’ according to a draft performance work statement posted to beta.SAM.gov. ‘The department needs a solution that will provide analysis, monitoring, reporting, configuration, as well as policy and device management.’ In doing so, State is looking for a ‘lifecycle […] The post State Department seeking a tool to scan its worldwide network for vulnerabilities appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

DHS CISA has a better understanding of critical Federal software following SolarWinds hack

“Following the SolarWinds hack, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency believes it has developed a better understanding of critical software across government. CISA’s National Risk Management Center has spent the four months since the hack was discovered determining the risks such software poses to national critical functions and developing tools to mitigate the threat, said Assistant Director Bob Kolasky…” “Government […] The post DHS CISA has a better understanding of critical Federal software following SolarWinds hack appeared first on G2Xchange FedCiv.

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