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The CMMC countdown is on

The Pentagon on Tuesday released the interim rule for its new cybersecurity standards for contractors, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). With the publication of the CMMC interim rule in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, the new model comes with a 60-day comment period for the public to propose any changes for the final version. Many aren't happy that the rule wasn't published as a draft, which would've given contractors more time to offer feedback. Jackson Barnett has the news.

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Palantir scores NIH contract

Palantir is continuing to grow its government business in the time of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health is the latest federal agency to award the Silicon Valley data analytics company a noncompetitive $36 million contract for a data enclave over the weekend. NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will use the secure network for scientific data to manage public and private researchers' access to clinical, laboratory and diagnostic information from health care institutions. More from Dave Nyczepir.

Army Cyber command is 'evolving' beyond cyber-operations

The leader of the Army Cyber Command hinted Tuesday about the future of the organization, which could evolve into some mission areas beyond cyber-operations. Cyber-operators within the command will take on additional duties in “information advantage” and “decision dominance,” to include helping kinetic operations extend their impact, collecting information that helps feed battlefield decisions and working to influence adversaries, Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty said during an Association of Old Crows webinar. Jackson has this one.


Government CIO on agility and innovation during COVID-19

Ervan Rodgers says that from an IT standpoint, there has been a great deal of collaboration between government agencies and the vendor community to provide citizen services. This includes working to implement AI tools such as chatbots to augment the ability to answer common questions from stakeholders. From a cost-savings perspective, it’s important that the government look to these types of innovations to show they are good stewards of taxpayer dollars, Rodgers says. Listen to the full conversation.

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