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Space Force Pursues Digital Makeup

September 15, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, USSF, the chief of Space Operations, is emphasizing the digital nature of the new Space Force.

The chief of space operations sets the tone for a digital force.

Militaries Purchase Cubic Defense P5 Combat Training System

September 10, 2020

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $193,300,000 single-award, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable-no-fee contract for the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) contractor logistic support. This contract provides continuous depot-level contractor services by replacing the previous contract that expired on July 20, 2020. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed September 2027. This is a mix of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and non-FMS requirements.

The Interdependency of Identity Management and Zero Trust Architecture

September 11, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Once more of an operational and end-user experience tool, identity management has evolved to be a core aspect of cybersecurity, especially as part of zero trust architecture, say panelists Wednesday at the FedID conference.

Together, advanced security and identification verification methods can greatly elevate cyber security posture, experts say.

Mobile Devices Offer Promise in Identity Solutions

September 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Mobile devices could service as an identity platform for the U.S. government, providing a contactless access experience with more privacy, some experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/Drazen Zigic

While the use of smartphones is quite common, the world of identity management has yet to fully harness mobile technologies.

The Call for Advanced Credentialling

September 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Experts speaking at the Federal Identity Virtual Collaboration Event on September 9 pointed out the U.S. federal government's use of the common access card can be improved with employment of a more holistic, enterprise system across all agencies. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrii Zastrozhnov

Identity management experts see an overdue need for innovation.

 

Deploying Citizen Identity At Scale Requires Collaboration

September 10, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Golden Sikorka/Shutterstock

Digital identity has the potential to positively transform citizen engagement and access to government services in the digital age.

Pandemic Turns Intelligence Data Upside Down

September 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/your

With many people now working at home, the Defense Intelligence Agency has had to enable data services to be performed remotely.

The Accuracy of Machines in Facial Recognition

September 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/MONOPOLY919

Researchers studying human-versus-machine facial recognition abilities over the long term come up with interesting results.

States Struggle to Adapt Their Identity Management Under COVID-19 Conditions

September 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/Golden Sikorka

The federal government, meanwhile, turns more to research centers for contracting identity solutions.

U.S. and Allies Move to Secure Space Assets Against Hacking, Cyber Attacks

September 9, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
A GPS III satellite circles the earth. Photo Credit: United States Government, GPS.Gov

Brussels workshop told of moves to harden vital satellite capabilities against cyber threats.

FBI Upgrades Biometric Technologies

September 8, 2020
By George I. Seffers
FBI officials indicate the bureau's next-generation iris recognition system could be fully operational by October. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

The bureau adds iris recognition and altered fingerprint detection.

Pandemic Accents Federal Need for Identification Tech

September 8, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Money laundering and other crimes have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for more widespread use of identity verification and management technologies, government officials say. Credit: stevepb/Pixabay

“The whole CARES Act presented this amazing magnet for fraudsters, honestly."--Gay Gilbert, administrator, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Department of Labor

Brussels Workshop Weighs Risks of Satellite Hacking

September 3, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
Photo credit: Pixabay

Experts map the dangerous new territory of cyber attacks on spacecraft.

Russia Weaponizes Increasingly Sophisticated Disinformation

September 4, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/M-SUR

Russia is pulling no punches as it uses disinformation to destabilize the West.

Rapid AI Development Demands Reform

September 4, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is exploring the ramifications of a number of emerging disruptive technologies. Credit: GAO file photo

The pervasiveness of cyber requires the federal government to delve into regulatory issues, privacy concerns, economic competitiveness and security requirements.

Hidden Biases and Artificial Barriers Didn't Stop This Navy Officer

September 3, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN (Ret.), gives the keynote address at the Women's Appreciation Reception during West 2018. Credit: Michael Carpenter

Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN (Ret.), credits her success in the U.S. Navy to mentorships and education.

A Lack of Major Movement Toward Human-Machine Teaming

September 2, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Robert Work (c), the former 32nd deputy secretary of defense, and moderator Troy Schneider (l) discuss how the military can better champion artificial intelligence during the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Chapter's AI/ML Tech Summit on September 2.

An expert questions the Department of Defense’s commitment to build artificial intelligence capabilities at scale.

Firms Selected to Compete for $13 Billion, 10-Year Army Enterprise IT Contract

September 1, 2020

Blazar Technology Solutions,* Denver, Colorado (W52P1J-20-D-0039); Blue Tech Inc., San Diego, California (W52P1J-20-D-0041); Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0042); CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Illinois (W52P1J-20-D-0043); Countertrade Products, Arvada, Colorado (W52P1J-20-D-0044); Cypher Analytics/Crowne Point Systems,* San Diego, California (W52P1J-20-D-0045); DH Technology,* Leesburg, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0046); DLT Solutions, Herndon, Virginia (W52P1J-20-D-0047); Dynamic Systems Inc., El Segundo, California (W52P1J-20-D-0048); Enterprise Technologies Solutions

Five Eyes Nations Release Cybersecurity Principles

September 1, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Five Eyes nations, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, conducted extensive joint research on cyber breeches, culminating in an incident response playbook for the extended community of partners and network administrators. Credit: Shutterstock/Metamorworks

The joint advisory offers technical approaches to finding malicious activity on digital networks.

National Security Depends on Tech-Savvy Talent

August 31, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Dr. Irma Becerra, president, Marymount University (c), wears a face mask alongside orientation leaders and community assistants as Marymount students move back to campus for the fall 2020 semester.  Photo by Marymount University

Technology pool must grow to meet national security needs.

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