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A nonstop year for CMMC progress

During a year when many major federal programs were slowed as agencies responded to the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Defense was able to take steps in constructing its new contractor cybersecurity standards, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). As the year comes to a close, FedScoop recaps the progress the Pentagon and the CMMC Accreditation Body have made, just as supply chain security grows in importance in the federal government. Jackson Barnett has the review.

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Drones play big role in future of networked warfare

As the DOD looks to develop a future battlefield dominated by networked warfare, small drones will play a critical role in that. The services have had some trouble bringing that vision into reality, however, because the existing marketplace has matured in a way that effectively has shut out the DOD. And ultimately, it will depend on the software architecture and networks drones operate on to get there. Jackson has this too.

CISA issues network security guidance for remote work

This holiday season, federal agencies received a gift in new network security guidance for remote work from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The draft Remote User Use Case is the latest addition to Trusted Internet Connections 3.0 core guidance, which covers the security of external connections to federal networks. The use case is "designed to help agencies preserve security as they move away from traditional network scenarios in support of the maximized telework environment," said Matt Hartman, acting assistant director of CISA‘s Cybersecurity Division. Dave Nyczepir has the news.

‘No evidence’ IRS taxpayer information exposed by SolarWinds hack

While details are still emerging on the full-scale impact of the SolarWinds hack on federal agencies, there's no indication yet that taxpayer information was exposed, according to the inspector general for tax administration. “At this time, there is no evidence that any taxpayer information was exposed,” IG J. Russell George said in a letter. “[The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] will continue working with the IRS in conducting additional forensic reviews and network log analysis as additional information related to this event becomes available." Dave has this one.

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