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NSA drops zero trust guidance

The NSA on Thursday issued long-awaited guidance for zero trust with instructions for defense agencies and contractors on how to set up a network architecture under the security model. The push to zero trust — where compromise is assumed and users are asked to verify their identity as they move around a network — has grown stronger after the discovery of the massive SolarWinds hack last year. “NSA strongly recommends that a Zero Trust security model be considered for critical networks to include National Security Systems (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD) networks, and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) systems,” the information sheet says. Jackson Barnett has more.

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DIU continues to grow

The Defense Innovation Unit recently issued its annual report showing trends of continued growth for the Department of Defense’s Silicon Valley outpost. In 2020 the Defense Innovation Unit transitioned 11 programs into full production, meaning it turned a prototype deal into a follow-on contract awarded by a military department or agency. DIU also launched 23 new programs, a 35 percent increase over 2019, and placed a large focus on tech that could enhance the DOD’s response to COVID-19. More from Jackson.

SBA adapts to changing programs

The Small Business Administration has had to think on its feet pretty much since the start of the pandemic. Even recently, changing requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program have forced the agency's IT shop to adapt its systems. “We’ve been obviously faced with a tremendous scaling challenge…in terms of the volume of transactions we are processing,” said Sanjay Gupta, chief technology officer at SBA, during an ATARC event Thursday. “But also more importantly the velocity at which we are processing this higher volume.” Dave Nyczepir has the story.

DHS announces $25M increase in cybersecurity grant funding

The Department of Homeland Security has upped its funding of cybersecurity grants for state and local governments. Those governments that receive grants administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will now be required to spend at least 7.5% of their awards on cybersecurity, up from a previous minimum of 5%, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Thursday. Read more on StateScoop.

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