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The national security community needs tech talent

President Joe Biden issued a memo last week calling for the modernization of the national security community to better attract talented personnel, particularly those with a background in tech and cybersecurity. Biden called for recruiting and retaining this technical talent as his administration refocuses on diplomacy and rebuilding alliances that languished under President Trump. “Too many of America’s foreign policy and national security institutions have lost, or are at risk of losing, their technological edge,” reads the memo. “To succeed in a competitive world, we must close mission-critical knowledge and skills gaps, compete in and win the race for talent, equip our workforce with cutting-edge technology and agile, flexible, and adaptive organizational structures, and establish incentives and rewards for innovation across the government.” Dave Nyczepir has more.

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New guidance from NIST on APTs

The National Institute for Standards and Technology issued a new special publication, NIST SP 800-172, that details how systems administrators should arrange networks and which security practices could provide additional protection from advanced persistent threats (APTs) — the industry term for hacking groups typically associated with foreign governments. The guidance is particularly useful in the wake of the SolarWinds incident, in which alleged Russia-backed attackers compromised the company’s update servers to push out malware to federal agencies, major corporations and other organizations. Jackson Barnett has this one.

Platform One + Lockheed Martin

The Air Force’s Platform One DevSecOps environment has inked a deal with Lockheed Martin to collaborate on software-factory activities. The work Lockheed anticipates doing is transitioning other defense customers’ systems to the Platform One environment and “hardening” the security of the platform. Jackson has this too.

Biden stands up against Russia's actions in cyberspace

In his first major foreign policy address, the president last week said he is elevating cybersecurity as a government priority as he warned Russia that the days of the U.S. “rolling over” in the face of Moscow’s hacking and election interference are over. “We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people,” he said, drawing a sharp contrast from his predecessor’s rhetoric. CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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