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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

May 12, 2021

The Chief of Space Operations today revealed a once-classified Ground Moving Target Indicator satellite program, and said he sees a growing opportunity for the Space Force to contribute to the tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

May 12, 2021

Training committee chair Ben Tchoubineh this week departs the accreditation body responsible for establishing an assessment ecosystem for the Pentagon's cyber certification program, and says he's leaving behind a solid foundation for the training of assessors and the preparation of future instructors.

May 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is directing a series of reviews starting this summer on the Defense Department's progress toward becoming a "data-centric organization," including an assessment of the DOD chief data officer position.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

May 6, 2021

Army leaders in charge of modernizing the tactical network are leveraging commercial technologies, such as communications satellites and federated data fabrics and are working toward network convergence while developing the service's next capability set.

April 30, 2021

Matthew Travis, CEO of the accreditation body for assessors under the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, says he plans to review the organization's code of ethics policy over the next few months and make changes to increase transparency over decision-making.

April 30, 2021

The Defense Department's decision to push back the timing of its first pilot contracts with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements is creating concerns over the feasibility of meeting deadlines established for the current fiscal year, according to stakeholders.

April 29, 2021

The projected launch timeline for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Navigation Technology Satellite-3 has been pushed from 2022 to 2023 due to a schedule change from the program's rideshare partner.

April 28, 2021

The Pentagon is making changes to its rollout schedule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, due to issues with getting assessment organizations that will conduct audits for contractors fully credentialed by the Defense Department, according to a DOD official overseeing the pilots.

April 28, 2021

By early June, the majority of the Defense Department's workforce will have access to a new cloud-based productivity suite that allows for remote work, according to acting DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.

April 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency punted all planned 2020 operational cybersecurity assessments, tests required to determine vulnerabilities, according to congressional investigators who note these failures are accompanied by agency rationales but nevertheless marks a third consecutive year of shortcomings that point to "a broader MDA cybersecurity development issue.

April 26, 2021

The Navy is taking steps to improve submarine cybersecurity inspections following a Naval Audit Service report last fall that found the service did not have records of more than half of those required annual inspections.

April 26, 2021

The Defense Contract Management Agency has briefed assessment organizations that want to conduct audits for contractors looking to obtain a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification on preparing for and going through the process to get their own certification.

April 23, 2021

The Pentagon will release a strategy to guide the move toward what the Defense Department's top IT official says is a "pivotal" shift in network security, as officials are also warning against vendors hawking holistic "zero trust" technologies.

April 23, 2021

The Pentagon's acquisition office has given its approval for the first contract solicitations with cyber certification requirements, and the rollout of the requests for proposals is expected in the summer, according to a Defense Department spokeswoman.

April 21, 2021

The Army recently completed an operational assessment of Capability Set 21 during a Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation at Ft. Polk, LA, marking the largest-scale assessment with an entire brigade for the effort, Army officials said yesterday.

April 21, 2021

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, the director for command, control, communications and cyber, and the chief information officer for the joint chiefs of staff, said earlier today that the joint all-domain command and control strategy is undergoing final revisions and should move "quickly" through the chain of approval.

April 20, 2021

The National Spectrum Consortium has launched joint working groups involving government and industry members to recommend best practices and potential standards for spectrum sharing and other fifth-generation wireless networking issues.

April 16, 2021

Defense Department acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington says her office is working to establish reciprocity with other government standards such as the General Services Administration's FedRAMP, in an effort to help companies reach compliance with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program more quickly while still maintaining necessary security requirements.

April 15, 2021

The Defense Department is expected to release contract solicitations with new cyber certification requirements in the coming weeks, but assessment companies are concerned about the impact of limited quality assurance guidance from the Pentagon and its independent accreditation body before the contractor auditing process officially starts.