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House bill would create national cybersecurity supergroup to train state, local and private partners

A bill that would create a national group to help states and first responders improve cybersecurity overwhelmingly passed the House on Monday.

DHS' Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation system nearing completion of Phase 2

The Department of Homeland Security is closing in on contract awards for the second phase of its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation system. Since the department launched Phase 2 last year, it has so far issued a request for quotation and taken submissions, so contractors are expecting award announcements any day.

NTIA toolkit to help communities develop, implement broadband roadmaps

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has created a toolkit providing technical assistance for states, cities and other communities trying to launch or expand broadband access.

NASA's JPL deploys private cloud based on Red Hat OpenStack

The long journey of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the cloud is nearing its end. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, announced this week that it has built a private cloud based on Red Hat's OpenStack Platform.

Halvorsen's new strategy for data center savings: Cut the people

Halvorsen explained that he believes having employees monitor and maintain servers is a poor use of labor. By installing automation tools at data centers, Halvorsen believes he can achieve savings beyond the $1.8 billion projected for DoD through fiscal 2018.

Pentagon doesn't have its ducks in a row when it comes to protecting US infrastructure, says GAO

When it comes to securing U.S. infrastructure, the Department of Defense doesn't have all its ducks in a row. That is the conclusion of a report by the Government Accountability Office issued this week.

DOJ charges 7 Iran-sponsored hackers with attacks on US financial sector, New York dam

The Justice Department has indicted seven Iranian hackers who were responsible for a 176-day distributed denial of service, or DDoS, campaign aimed at the U.S. financial sector. This is the first time the U.S. government has formally charged state-sponsored individuals for trying to disrupt networks of key U.S. industries, according to The Washington Post.

House Budget Committee cuts administration's $3.1B IT modernization fund

The House Budget Committee in its markup of the 2017 federal budget rejected an amendment for a $3.1 billion revolving IT modernization fund to be housed at the General Services Administration.

Schneck: Critical infrastructure operators should assume malware is there

A senior Homeland Security Department official on Tuesday said the department is hoping to turn the recent BlackEnergy malware attack on a portion of the Ukraine's power grid into a teaching moment for U.S.- based critical infrastructure operators.

GAO: Ineffective coordination inhibits DoD assessment of satellite alternatives

A Department of Defense-conducted Analysis of Alternatives, or AOA, came up short due to self-imposed limitations in the analysis and a failure to properly coordinate with stakeholder agencies, a GAO report found last week.