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Cybersecurity News in Review

By Robert DuPree •  May 22, 2020
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This week’s cybersecurity news in review includes articles on a new critical GAO audit on IRS cybersecurity problems, OMB’s efforts to develop cloud contract language to clarify security liability, comments by the federal CISO on the “zero trust” model, the potential for TIC pilots at federal agencies to clarify responsibilities under cloud programs, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shift in agency network priorities as well as greater acceptance of commercial mobile IAM solutions by the Air Force. There is also coverage of the latest development regarding the Pentagon’s CMMC cyber certification for contractors initiative, the failure to include dedicated cybersecurity funding assistance for state and local governments in the latest congressional pandemic response legislation, and renewed interest in the recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

GAO audit cites IRS for new cyber issues, failure to address previous recommendations

A newly released GAO audit makes 18 new cybersecurity recommendations for the IRS, and it faults the agency for failing to address over 100 previous GAO recommendations on cyber deficiencies, Fifth Domain reports. Read more…

New federal cloud contracting language in the works to clarify security liability

Nextgov quotes an OMB official as saying the agency will be standardizing language in all government cloud contracts to update liability terms regarding security, addressing an issue that may have been inhibiting agencies move to the cloud. Read more…

Zero trust means agencies must have collaboration between IT and mission side

According to FCW, federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider says that as agencies move to the “zero trust” model, in which agencies architect their systems and networks with controls that by default assume malicious intent from both insiders and outsiders, cooperation between their IT personnel and the mission side is required.  Read more…

 DHS official: TIC pilots should flesh out roles for federal cloud programs

According to FCW, the DHS official in charge of the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) program feels current pilot programs at various agencies will help clarify roles and responsibilities for government cloud programs. Read more…

Pandemic causes shift in agency network priorities

FCW reports on a recent webinar where several agency CIOs discussed how their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has focused IT modernization efforts toward network infrastructure agility and scalability, working with outwardly focused networks and their cloud and network providers to balance performance and security for users. Read more…

Air Force sees greater use of commercial mobile IAM solutions

FCW quotes the Air Force CTO as saying that teleworking due to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how DoD must be more flexible on accepting commercial mobile security and identity authentication solutions. Read more…

Applications for first class of CMMC auditors expected shortly  

Nextgov says DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) accreditation body is finalizing its auditor training course and preparing to begin accepting applications for the program’s first class of auditors. Read more…

Cyber dollars for states not included in latest congressional relief package

FCW reports that the latest COVID-19 response legislative package from the House would provide $1 billion to modernize government technology, and $875 billion for states, but it did not incorporate a bipartisan measure states had sought to give them dedicated funding to upgrade legacy technology systems and improve cybersecurity. Read more…

Senate chairman supports cyber panel’s recommendations for White House cyber advisor, CISA

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee indicated at a May 13 hearing that certain recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission should be advanced this year, including establishing a new White House Cybersecurity Directorate, and expanded powers for a key DHS cybersecurity agency, according to Nextgov. Read more…

Cybersecurity commission co-chairs see pandemic as adding to reasons to act on its cyber recommendations

Now that lawmakers are returning to Washington after nearly two-month interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Washington Post reports that the congressional co-chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission hope their 182 page report with recommendations for improving American’s cybersecurity that was released in mid-March will get serious consideration in light of recent developments.  Read more…

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree is the manager of government affairs at Telos Corporation. Follow him on Twitter: @RFDuPree See full bio...

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