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IRS cyber deficiencies leave taxpayer data at risk, IG report says

The IRS has cybersecurity deficiencies leaving taxpayer data open to misuse, tampering or disclosure due, in part, to the agency’s over-reliance on old systems, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Dave Nyczepir has the story

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DHS issues emergency directive ordering all federal civilian agencies to address Log4j flaw

U.S. cyber officials issued an emergency directive Friday giving all federal civilian agencies until Dec. 23 to assess their internet-facing networks for the Apache Log4j vulnerability and immediately patch the systems, or take other measures to mitigate the software flaw. AJ Vicens has the details for CyberScoop.

Palantir to continue work on Army Vantage platform

The company announced Friday it earned a $116 million option year extension on a $458 million-ceiling contract it initially won in December 2019. Jackson Barnett has the story.

DOJ chief technology officer Ron Bewtra leaves government

The Department of Justice’s chief technology officer has exited the agency after a 17-year career in government. John Hewitt Jones has the story.


WATCH: The power of data-led migrations and analytics to unlock insights

Cloudticity founder and CEO Gerry Miller discusses how New York leveraged the power of data-led migrations in the state’s road to recovery from the pandemic. By centering the focus on a data-led migration, first by moving data and then building applications, they quickly expanded the repertoire of functionality and the ability to derive useful and actionable insights from the data. And all of that is through the power of a data-led migration. Watch Miller’s full interview here.


The evolution of insider threats and why security culture needs to change

Proofpoint’s resident CISO Deborah Watson discusses the growing risk of non-malicious insider threats to government data and how leaders can adapt their security approach by shifting the mindset around what is classified as a threat, making people-centric security decisions and building security-minded culture within the organization. Read more from Watson.

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