In an effort to increase critical infrastructure cybersecurity and better protect federal networks, President Joseph Biden signed an executive order on May 12. It includes provisions to improve information sharing between industry and the U.S. government, overhaul federal cybersecurity standards, spur the further use of cloud computing and zero trust architecture, and mandate the use of multifactor authentication and encryption. Amongst other measures, the executive order establishes a Cybersecurity Safety Review Board that would dissect a significant cyber incident and make recommendations for action.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) selected Monroe, Louisiana-based CenturyLink, Inc. to provide secure network services and IT modernization solutions through the the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions program. Under the task order, the company will help manage core network services and design, engineer, build, secure, operate and maintain DOI’s enterprise network from end to end. This includes providing software-defined wide area network, virtual private network, private line and ethernet transport services. CenturyLink also will perform managed security services, such as managed trusted internet protocol services and zero-trust networking.
Virginia Beach, Virginia-based LightGrid LLC announced on January 16 that it had secured a Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Information Communications and Technology (ICT) prime contract. Under the contract, the company will provide support to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) for critical infrastructure, logistics, and VoIP engineering around the globe.