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Continuous monitoring of critical infrastructure missing from EO

While last week's cybersecurity executive order called for federal agencies to increase contractual threat and incident information-sharing requirements for service providers of operational technology (OT), several experts told FedScoop they are concerned that there isn't enough being done to continuously monitor the cybersecurity of OT for pipelines and other critical infrastructure like the U.S. electric grid. This comes in wake of the May 7 ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline Co. "Departments and agencies who have the responsibility for overseeing critical infrastructure often rely on information that is voluntarily shared,” Jake Olcott, vice president of government affairs at BitSight, told FedScoop. “And the infrequency of some of this data sharing contributes to a lack of broad situational awareness.” Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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DOD gets zero-trust reference architecture

The Defense Information Systems Agency recently issued a zero-trust reference architecture. The 163-page reference architecture sets out the strategic purpose, principles, associated standards and other technical details for the DOD’s large-scale adoption of zero trust, which shifts from network-based cyberdefenses to a data-centric model that doesn’t grant implicit trust to users to prevent potential malicious actors from moving around a network. “The intent and focus of zero-trust frameworks is to design architectures and systems to assume breach, thus limiting the blast radius and exposure of malicious activity,” said Brandon Iske, DISA Security Enablers Portfolio chief engineer. Billy Mitchell has more.

GSA leads cloud acquisition strategy effort

After President Biden's cybersecurity executive order last week, the General Services Administration is developing a governmentwide cloud acquisition strategy. The agency announced that it is soliciting feedback from cloud service providers and other industry partners in a request for information. GSA‘s plan is to deliver a multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud offerings on a pay-as-you-go basis. Dave Nyczepir has the news.

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