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Delayed transition creates IT, cybersecurity risks for Biden team

As the Trump administration continues to stonewall President-elect Joe Biden's team from transition resources, experts are warning that could create IT risks such as insecure communication channels and increased cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Most notably, Biden’s team is still operating with a public .com domain for its website, rather than a more secure .gov domain. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said it's "ironic that after all the complaining about Hillary Clinton using a private server to communicate on government business, the administration wouldn’t take the steps necessary to allow the president-elect and his team to have a government secure network for their government-related work." Sara Wilson has the story.

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Intelligence community gets new CIO

The Intelligence Community has a new chief information officer. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe appointed Matthew Kozma to the role Friday. Kozma comes to the role after serving most recently as the executive agent for the Department of Defense’s Unified Platform and Joint Cyber Command and Control. More on Kozma.

Hurricane-damaged base looks to 5G to rebuild

The Air Force is pairing the low-latency and large data-transmission of 5G networks with digital twin technology to support its effort to rebuild the hurricane-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The plan is to connect thousands of sensors at Tyndall that collect data and can detect intruders and transmit it by 5G wireless into a digital twin model — a software-defined replica of physical settings — giving security officers greater visibility to potential threats. Jackson Barnett has more.

State Department shifts focus to aligning IT and bureau governance

The State Department has spent most of the past year focused on COVID-19 response. But now CIO Stuart McGuigan wants to shift focus to governance. In particular, McGuigan wants to align the department's IT governance with the missions of its bureaus using the IT Executive Council the department created in April 2019. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

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