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DISA Launches Small Business Only Omnibus Contract

The Defense Information Systems Agency launched a contract yesterday open only to small businesses. It is the first USCYBERCOM Omnibus IDIQ Contract for small businesses able to provide a wide range of information technology services to the U.S. Cyber Command, including assistance for offensive and defensive cyber operations. The announcement stresses, "It is vitally important that Small Businesses responding to this Sources Sought Notice do so with highly effective Capability Statements."

DHS July 2014 Cyber News Spotlight

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber News Spotlight is a monthly summary of publicly published information concerning significant cybersecurity and cyber infrastructure issues. Articles at the beginning of each section include context on the article to provide additional information and indicate the effect that the article may have on particular sectors. DHS's Industry Engagement and Resilience (IER) branch, part of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), produces the Cyber News Spotlight.

DHS Software Assurance Market Place (SWAMP) Open for Business

Software vulnerabilities can create inefficient code and, in the worst case scenario, vulnerable software may be exploited by individuals or groups with malicious intent.  To identity vulnerabilities early and often in your development cycle, use SWAMP for continuous software assurance. Our platform can be used by anyone who is interesting in creating better, more secure software ecosystem

Performance of the Defense Acquisition System

From the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs

Please take note of the second annual report on the Performance of the Defense Acquisition System dated June 13, 2014. The report highlights the importance of small business participation to the Department. The excerpt below from the report also emphasizes the potential benefits that result from increased participation by small businesses in the acquisition process.

 "We pursue small-business utilization goals as required by law, but more importantly, because of potential benefits from small-business contributions. More small-business engagement can increase the competitive nature of our solicitations, resulting in better cost and schedule performance on contracts. Small businesses can also infuse new technical solutions as we pursue capabilities for our warfighters."

Department of Energy - Energy Sector Framework Implementation Guidance

Since the release of the Cybersecurity Framework by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on February 12, 2014, DOE has engaged both private and public sector stakeholders for the development of the Energy Sector Framework Implementation Guidance (Guidance). The DOE is currently collaborating with private sector stakeholders through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) and the Oil & Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) forums. The DOE is also coordinating with other Sector Specific Agency (SSA) representatives and interested government stakeholders for the development of the Guidance.

The DOE invites energy sector stakeholder participation in bi-weekly conference calls being held jointly by the ESCC and ONG SCC forums. These forums also provide periodic opportunities for participants to comment on the incremental updates to the Draft Framework Implementation Guidance document. The document is being designed to help energy sector stakeholders develop or align existing cybersecurity risk management programs with the Cybersecurity Framework. The document will also take into consideration energy sector organizations that may have business activities across multiple critical infrastructure sectors, e.g., Dams, Transportation, Chemicals, etc. requiring a harmonized implementation approach with these other sectors.

AFCEA Presents: Insider Threat to Small and Medium Businesses

Presentations from June 5, 2014 Event

Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities to Small & Mid-Sized Companies (Wright)

What to Know about the Insider Threat and How to Mitigate it (Theis)

Best Practices:  Holistic Approach to Insider Threats (Roberts) and

Counterintelligence and Supply Chain (Thomas)

CyberWire: Cyber Security News Service

The CyberWire is a free, community-driven cyber security news service based in Baltimore. Their mission is to provide a relevant and intelligently organized daily digest of the critical news happening across the global cyber security domain. The CyberWire is proud to be an ad-free news product, created by industry, for industry.

SPAWAR Office of Small Business Programs: Updated Three Year Acquisition Forecast

SPAWAR has posted an updated three-year acquisition forecast to its public web portal entitled "SPAWAR 3 Year Acquisition Forecast (05-2014)" below. This forecast includes opportunities for SPAWAR Headquarters, SPAWAR System Centers Atlantic and Pacific.  The forecast is informational only and does not constitute an offer or commitment by the Navy to fund, in whole or part, the opportunities herein. Vendors shall not contact any contracting or technical personnel regarding this information and all inquires shall be submitted via email to

Booz Allen Hamilton Publishes "Cyber Solutions Handbook: Making Sense of Standards & Frameworks"

The strength of an organization's cybersecurity program is now a market differentiator, and cybersecurity is a key business enabler. Today, chief information security officers (CISO) and their equivalents are facing increased responsibility amid a series of quickly evolving - and often enterprise-wide - challenges. Remediation-centric defense is not enough to combat current cyber threats, and CISOs must build an effective communication link between the server room and the board room in order to have an effective program. This paper is one of a series of handbooks that provide pragmatic insight and assistance on how to address the key issues facing cybersecurity leaders today. This edition of the Cyber Solutions Handbook, published by Booz Allen Hamilton, provides context for the numerous cybersecurity standards and frameworks that currently exist. It provides concrete recommendations for evolving the legacy mindset of program "compliance" to one of program maturity and risk-based security.

Add Your Company's Information to the FINDD Discovery Engine as a Provider of Innovation

The Foundation for Innovation and Discovery was born out of the high demand from Government agencies for new ideas in mission solutions and tech discovery. The founders believed an organization dedicated to meet that demand was needed and that a distinguishing hallmark of the organization would be its transparency in the discovery of capabilities. Further, this new organization would foster education and collaboration. AFCEA Corporate Members are encouraged to add their information to the Discovery Engine in order to increase their discoverability by government agencies. Companies who join as FINND members may attend the FINND Talks with senior leaders as well as the Mission Forums with mid-level operators throughout the year. FINND members are also automatically considered for each Discovery Summit held for government agencies. Read more and sign up at

National Science Board releases STEM education data and trends tool

How much are states spending on their schools?

What is the science and engineering job market outlook for U.S. graduates?

How proficient are primary school students in math and science?

Today, the National Science Board (NSB) released the STEM Education Data and Trends tool, a rich resource for anyone searching for answers to those and many other questions.

AFCEA Online Corporate Member Directories: Cybersecurity, Education, Health IT, Homeland Security, and Intelligence

The AFCEA Online Directories are comprehensive profiles of AFCEA corporate members worldwide. Listings include contact, business focus, products/services, client, contract access and certification information. They are searchable by corporate name, business categories, location, small business status and NAICS codes.

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