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Army refreshes its data strategy, with an emphasis on trust and security

The Army wants its data to be visible, accessible, understandable, trusted, interoperable and secure. Those are the six leading principles of the service's newly revised data strategy, which CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford teased at a recent event. It reflects the need to move quickly and securely to leverage information assets against adversaries as the Army adjusts to new great-power developments. “Right now we’ve got structured data, we’ve got unstructured data, there are various states and it kind of is where it is,” Crawford said. “But if we want to achieve outcomes ... we’ve got to fix the data problem, and the first part starts with the actual strategy.” Billy Mitchell has the story.

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NIST to test federal ‘zero trust’ security architectures

Many federal agencies have adopted zero-trust security. Now NIST wants to recreate and test some of their architectures to see just how secure and appropriate they are, according to Donna Dodson, chief cybersecurity adviser at NIST. Dodson and other federal IT leaders discussed zero-trust architecture at the Ignite '19 Cybersecurity Conference last week. Dave Nyczepir has more on what they had to say.

'Kicking out the adversary' is part of new Cybersecurity Directorate's mission, NSA says

The National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate — charged with helping protect the defense industrial base and sensitive government computers by providing insights on foreign hackers — is now at initial operating capability, officials said this week. Outreach to industry will be crucial, the NSA says, because the agency not only wants to alert organizations about threats, but also give them information about how to eradicate intruders. “We need to be sure that people who own networks that are vital to the national security systems and defense systems of this nation can figure out if adversaries have gained access into their networks,” NSA spokesperson Natalie Pittore said. “It’s about preventing but also kicking out the adversary.” CyberScoop’s Shannon Vavra heard from NSA leaders at Fort Meade.

Poor IT security led to breaches at consumer safety agency, IG says

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more on the breaches.

Let’s Talk About IT Ep. 6 — Continuous monitoring for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The latest episode of Let's Talk About IT, in celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, focuses on the government's adoption of continuous monitoring. Featuring Kevin Cox of DHS and Simon Elliston Ball of Cloudera, the conversation starts on the progress the government has made through the CDM program and evolves into a broader discussion of what ideal cybersecurity looks like in the age of the cloud. Listen now to the new episode.

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