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DHS conducting initial assessment for CMMC-like cyber compliance regime

<p style="text-align: left">The Department of Homeland Security has launched a “pathfinder assessment” to examine whether it should implement a new contractor cyber compliance program similar to the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. DHS officials have previously said they are interested in implementing a similar program to improve the protection of sensitive information stored on contractor networks.</p> Jackson Barnett has the story.

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US Indian Health Service to replace health information system

The Indian Health Service is looking for electronic health record vendors to replace the outdated health information system it and many tribal and urban American Indian healthcare organizations use, according to a draft statement of objectives. Dave Nyczepir has the details.

DOD IG warns military staff to remove sensitive information from tech in Afghanistan withdrawal

The Department of Defense’s oversight body has warned military personnel they must wipe sensitive health and medical data from technology being returned as part of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. John Hewitt Jones has this one.

State Department IT investments lack central oversight, IG report finds

The State Department still doesn’t route all bureau and office IT procurements to its chief information office for approval, despite establishing a process to approve contracts, according to a report by the department's Office of Inspector General. Dave Nyczepir has this one also.

Let's Talk about IT Ep. 20 – The Continued Push to the Cloud

Brian Merrick, director of the State Department’s cloud efforts, and Jim Matney, vice president and general manager of the DISA and Enterprise Services Sector for General Dynamics Information Technology’s (GDIT) Defense Division, explain the progress made in recent years in the federal adoption of cloud and the challenges agencies have faced along the way. Listen here.


Mastering access privileges at scale 

While modern identity and authentication platforms are pivotal to establishing zero-trust IT environments, so is another under-appreciated dimension: the need to manage, maintain and sustain privileged access policies and controls. Cybersecurity experts from CyberArk and Deloitte talk about the importance of developing a long-term view — and how to operationalize — privileged access controls at public sector agencies and institutions. Watch the on-demand video panel.

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