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Why HackerOne wanted FedRAMP authorization

Bug bounty platforms don’t touch much of an agency’s tech directly — they facilitate contests that allow freelance hackers to get paid for finding vulnerabilities. But as with any IT-related business, things are changing, and bug bounty companies are looking for ways to expand what they offer and how they offer it. With that in mind, an otherwise low-level FedRAMP authorization for a company called HackerOne is a sign that the industry is updating its approach to the federal government. It's related to a decision by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency requiring agencies to have vulnerability disclosure programs that allow outsiders to report bugs to the government in an organized, official way. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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Cloud a saving grace for DHS in pandemic

Beth Cappello, acting CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, had some nice things to say about the cloud at a recent SNG Live virtual event. If it weren’t for the progress her predecessors made adopting cloud infrastructure and scalable capabilities, Cappello says, it would have likely been much more difficult to keep DHS personnel connected to data, systems, tools and co-workers. “Frankly, if we had still been in our on-prem, roll-your-own email system when this new posture kicked off, I’m not sure we would have been nearly as successful,” she said during a recent SNG Live virtual event. “The ability to access the data and the systems and the tools from anywhere is critical.” Billy Mitchell has more from Cappello.

Census needs help with cyber

The Census Bureau wants help shoring up its cybersecurity for the next decade. The agency issued a request for information for help developing "an enterprise cybersecurity program to enable a fully informed risk based approach that considers the complex and diverse technology environment in place across various program offices." In the RFI, the bureau signaled an intent to contract continuous monitoring services for its network security and "proactive cyber defense," as well as penetrative testing and cyber threat intelligence. Jackson Barnett has more from the RFI.

RPAs and not 'snake oil' for this DOD agency

The Defense Logistics Agency provides more than $42 billion in goods and services and manages nine supply chains for the military and other parts of the government. Adding even small bits of automation to those processes can be highly beneficial, says DLA’s chief information and innovation officer, George Duchak. The agency has saved more than 200,000 labor-hours with the 82 robotic process automation (RPA) bots it has launched in the past year, quadrupling what it initially expected out of the program. Using basic bots is the first step in the agency’s “AI journey” Duchak says, but he's not sure what the next step will be. “We find a lot of AI snake oil out there,” he said. “Everybody over-promises and under-delivers.” Jackson has this one, too.


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