Cybersecurity

Software factories must be protected like 'crown jewels,' AF official says

The massive hacking campaign that breached multiple federal government agencies via Solarwinds software has Defense Department officials taking a closer look at protecting some of its more nascent efforts – namely, software factories.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Navy riding herd on excess, complex IT systems

Operation Cattle Drive aims to round up old and weak IT systems, networks and applications and put them out to pasture.

Cybersecurity

Threats to election likely to extend for weeks

As the attack surface shifts from the voting process to certification of results, ransomware attacks and disinformation campaigns are likely to continue until all results are certified.

Cybersecurity

Army tests automated tools for cyber defenses

The Army is experimenting with automated tools that protect artificial intelligence capabilities and reduce the number of technical personnel needed on the battlefield.

Cybersecurity

National Guard steps up election support

This year National Guard units will be on the keyboards and, in some areas, at the polls.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD lays foundation for permanent, secure telework

The Defense Department’s Commercial Virtual Remote environment will need to go to a cloud security Impact Level 5 to support higher sensitivity, controlled unclassified information and mission critical information.

Emerging Tech

AR-based prep helps soldiers get the most out of in-person training

When the pandemic makes learning at a distance a necessity, augmented reality may help the military maintain readiness.

Emerging Tech

Pentagon needs more aggressive attitude on AI, lawmakers say

The Defense Department doesn’t have the right mindset when it comes to artificial intelligence and unmanned systems, the Future Defense Task Force says.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DISA wants ideas on dynamic spectrum sharing

The Defense Information Systems Agency is asking industry for ideas on how best to share its spectrum with both military and civilian users.

Cybersecurity

Challenges of classified BYOD

The intelligence community is working out whether it can allow staff to use their own devices for work.

Emerging Tech

JAIC to expand ethics team

Jane Pinelis, theJoint Artificial Intelligence Center's chief of testing, evaluation, and assessment, said the center is working to expand its ethics team, which is charged with ensuring the Defense Department's AI projects meet ethical standards.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Pentagon moves to revamp online education systems

As the pandemic increases the need for online learning, the Defense Department's chief management officer pushes change.

Data & Analytics

DIA preps for next-gen data environment

The Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System will leverage advances in cloud computing with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD expects JEDI cloud award in August

The $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract is expected to be awarded by the end of August, the Defense Department CIO said.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD, civilian cloud office app contracts advance

Following the Pentagon's lead with its $8.2 billion cloud Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract for email and collaboration services, the Office of Management and Budget is working out a version for civilian agencies.

Cybersecurity

Pentagon may share software black list

To better secure the defense industrial base, the Pentagon wants to publish its list of software companies it doesn't trust.

Cybersecurity

DOD can't hold onto cyber warriors

After arming its cybersecurity staff with world-class skills, the Defense Department faces retention challenges because it gets "out-recruited," Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says.

Cybersecurity

Navy looks for bigger stick to enforce cyber hygiene

The ramifications of not having tight controls over sensitive data are dramatic, Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly said.

Army plans to embed coders with troops

To address operational bottlenecks, the Army is looking at putting tech-savvy soldiers on the battlefield and using machine learning to speed risk analysis of budget decisions.

A safe space for AI development on DOD networks

The Air Force's Cognitive Engine software platform will package code-based tools to be better accepted by Defense Department systems.

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