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Veterans’ sensitive information was left unprotected on national network

The Department of Veterans Affairs IG issued a report detailing recent incidents in which a regional VA office mishandled veterans' sensitive personal information. After receiving a hotline call, the IG found evidence that employees in Milwaukee stored personally identifiable information and personal health information in a shared national network, leaving it open for access by any of the 25,000 Veterans Benefits Administration users with remote access. Billy Mitchell has more on the incidents.

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CBP seeks info on body-worn cameras for use by Border Patrol

Customs and Border Protection is looking into buying new body-worn cameras and an attendant video management system that could possibly have facial recognition and facial comparison technology built-in. The RFI indicates an interest in the full lifecycle of the video process — from the actual cameras used to capture video, to the video management system where it can be redacted, tagged and searched as necessary, to the cloud storage where it can be stored. Facial recognition isn't a must-have in the RFI, but more of a "feature of potential interest," the RFI says. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier takes you inside the RFI.

‘It’s going to be painful’: Pentagon official urges contractors to improve cybersecurity

We've got more about the Pentagon's development of new cybersecurity standards for the contractors that deal with its sensitive information. Katie Arrington, the DOD official leading that effort, recently detailed the "change of culture" that's going to be required under the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program. “It’s going to take time, it’s going to be painful, and it’s going to cost money," she said last week. Arrington warned contractors that if they fail to better secure their information, the consequences could be serious. “If industry doesn’t think that they’re not going to start getting slapped on this, there’s another thing coming,” Arrington said CyberScoop's Sean Lyngaas has more.

Pentagon developing JEDI cloud deployment security guidance

A bit of news on the JEDI front: Paul Jacob, a cybersecurity architect in the DOD CIO’s office, said last week that the department is pushing forward in developing security guidance for agencies that will transition to the $10 billion cloud environment so the document will be ready to go when an award is issued. Jacob jokingly referred to the guidance’s 80 requirements across eight categories as a "zero-trust manifesto." In the meantime, the federal IT community awaits the fate of JEDI, which is currently under review by Secretary Mark Esper and the department's IG. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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