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CMMC board in turmoil after "reset" meeting

As if the independent board tasked with overseeing the rollout the Department of Defense's ambitious cybersecurity standards program didn't already face enough of an uphill battle, internal turmoil has emerged in recent weeks with some members questioning the board's leadership and the future of its relationship with the Pentagon. The conflict boiled over, for some, in a “reset” meeting last Friday with DOD officials and board members. The cause of the tension centers on a new contractual relationship DOD wants the board to approve. The document would redefine the way the two work together only seven months into the board’s existence. Jackson Barnett has the exclusive look inside the CMMC turmoil.

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Interior to implement CDM with new contract

The Department of Interior has awarded a $54 million contract to CVP for help implementing several Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program components. Specifically, the technology consulting company will optimize DOI’s risk management framework, as well as its information security and continuous monitoring. It will also streamline DOI’s system authorization lifecycle by integrating assessment and authorization into technologies. More from Dave Nyczepir.

Navy's digital twins

In a new contract, the Navy will expand its use of digital twin technology, or what it likes to call "digital threads," to track ship parts. In developing a digital twin system, software company PTC will enable the Navy to use augmented reality to see images of the parts and the ships in 3-D with corresponding data to track them, instead of storing information about repairs and parts in filing cabinets or PDFs on hard drives. The contract will expand on a prior pilot between the two parties. Jackson has the story.

VA consolidating home loan apps

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to consolidate the applications it uses to manage veteran home loans into a single product line. VA awarded Accenture Federal Services a one-year contract, worth up to $328 million with three one-year options, to build tailored applications that will modernize the Loan Guaranty (LGY) service. The department hopes the consolidation will allow for improved data insights and transparency. Dave has this too.


How to address security visibility across multicloud environments

Cybersecurity leaders are under growing pressure to protect government resources amid sweeping changes within their organizations’ IT operations. Though federal agencies typically maintain defined perimeter controls, the trajectory towards distributed environments requires a different approach. The answer to better security starts with closing the visibility gap — using security tools that can respond to the rapid evolution of cyberattacks without being a further drain on resources. Read more in the report.


Leaning on open source and a community of trusted developers

Open source solutions are giving federal agencies a superior and more secure alternative to proprietary applications for new technologies like containerization, microservices and artificial intelligence. The diverse community of developers continuously build on, inspect and improve open source solutions. As a result, open source is actually more secure than many proprietary applications, where the coding often remains hidden “in a black box.” Hear more from SUSE’s Alan Clark.

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