Cloud & Infrastructure

Treasury maps out long-term plans for T-Cloud

The $1 billion, enterprisewide, seven-year contract for cloud and professional services will tap multiple providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and Oracle as well as more niche software- and platform-as-a-service offerings.

Emerging Tech

DARPA's disinformation detector

The SemaFor program seeks to develop semantic technologies for identifying falsified media to better defend against large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.

Cybersecurity

Federal supply chain risk assessment close to completion

The chair of the Supply Chain Task Force told a government advisory panel that a taxonomy of IT and communications sector risks is in the final stages of approval.

Cybersecurity

Building better AI

Security must be foundational to artificial intelligence systems so we don't repeat the mistakes that resulted in today's vulnerable technologies, AI experts say.

The push for explainable AI

As algorithms take in more data and make increasingly complex inferences over time, their decisions become more opaque to human managers.

Cybersecurity

Survey: Half of paperless voting machines found in 3 states

Of the machines used without voter verified paper trails in 2018, more than half are found in just three states -- Pennsylvania, Georgia and Texas.

Cybersecurity

Agencies dinged for cyber failures

Federal agencies are coming under increasing criticism for their inability to remedy known cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud Smart strategy updates TIC policy

The final strategy aims to retool the Trusted Internet Connection policy to provide flexibility for cloud access.

Cybersecurity

NIST issues new cyber guidelines for contractors

A draft version of the guidance lays out 31 new recommendations to help contractors working on critical government programs protect controlled unclassified information in their systems.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DHS building consolidated system for biometric data

The Department of Homeland Security wants to improve the data analysis capabilities of its forthcoming cloud-based biometric identification platform.

Cybersecurity

GAO: Time to move past 'knowledge-based' identity verification

Attacks like the 2017 Equifax hack have compromised so much personal data that knowledge-based ID verification no longer provides secure remote identification proofing.

Cybersecurity

Election security gets a bump in appropriations

Lawmakers approved additional funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's election security initiative and the Election Assistance Commission.

Cybersecurity

China-U.S. tech supply chain increasingly tangled

It's becoming almost impossible to untangle U.S. supply chain security policy from other political and economic issues at play, particularly when dealing with China, cybersecurity experts say.

Data & Analytics

Has facial recognition outpaced existing law?

The use of facial-recognition technology by law enforcement agencies may have outpaced the regulations that govern it, lawmakers suggest.

Cybersecurity

DHS awards contract for AI-enabled CDM dashboard

The dashboard will tap intelligence, machine learning and CDM's vast stores of data.

Cybersecurity

Political parties vulnerable to cyber attacks

Sloppy digital security practices are still evident in the major U.S. political parties, according to a report from Security Scorecard.

Cybersecurity

Keeping voting security standards from bureaucracy

Although the security updates to the Election Assistance Commission's new Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 are sorely needed, the approval and updating process can't keep up with technological changes.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Can government lock down the telecom supply chain?

As the Senate warned against potential threats to 5G security from Chinese companies, the Trump administration issued an executive order declaring foreign supply chain threats to the U.S. telecommunications system a national emergency.

Cybersecurity

Election commission presses for more funds

Additional resources would help the Election Assistance Commission with its expanded election security activities, EAC Chair Christy McCormick told Congress.

Cybersecurity

Wyden wants clarity on e-pollbook failure

E-pollbook software made by VR Systems "catastrophically" failed on Election Day 2016 in a number of Durham County, N.C., voting precincts where voters ended up being turned away.

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