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Better grades for Navy cyber?

Navy CIO Aaron Weis wants the chance to redeem his service after it received damning results from a cybersecurity readiness review earlier this year. Weis's job was created as the result of recommendations from that audit, and now he's "hopeful that at some point we’ll get an opportunity to get a better grade, and I’m sure we’ll do that," he said Wednesday. The report “did not paint a flattering picture of the current state of cybersecurity at the Navy," but he's meeting with staffers and members of Congress regularly to detail his department's efforts to correct the record. Billy Mitchell has more.

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Two RFIs for fresh FACES

The GSA Centers of Excellence team working with OPM issued two new RFIs to support a specific modernization effort. The goal is to get contractor help with an initiative to modernize the Federal Annuity Claims Expert System (FACES), which federal retirement counselors use “to adjudicate about 80,000 federal retirement benefit actions every year,” OPM says. The RFIs are for two separate but intertwined projects — OPM is looking to replace the FACES desktop app as well as the calculator that that app relies on. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier takes you inside the RFIs.

TSA pushing airport security innovation in new ways

TSA wants "one, seamless airport environment," according to Patty Cogswell, acting deputy administrator. The agency launched a new effort and Innovation Task Force to advance the development of technologies it’s interested in seeing airports deploy. “We are going through a series of innovation efforts to understand — not just in the security space — who’s looking at things that might go to some of these problem sets,” Cogswell said Wednesday. AI is one area TSA is excited about. “We look at a lot of X-ray imagery,” Cogswell said. “I really would like to get to the point where the vast majority of prohibited items are just automatically detected by the machine rather than the person.” Dave Nyczepir has the story on TSA's innovation.

How agencies can use identity and access controls to modernize IT security

It wasn’t that long ago that perimeter-based security controls, like firewalls, provided the bulk of an agency’s IT defenses. But as enterprise network environments move toward cloud-based platforms and interconnected application services, identity and access requirements are taking center stage in security controls. Read the full report on FICAM tools and capabilities.

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