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A DOD zero-trust strategy

The Department of Defense is set to release a strategy for zero trust sometime this year. Acting DOD CIO John Sherman announced the strategy last week but gave few details about the nature of the strategy, only stressing that reaching a zero-trust framework to improve the cybersecurity of DOD networks is pivotal. The strategy could set in motion changes to how the department establishes its security posture by organizing networks around the zero-trust principles of segmenting a network and limiting users’ access to only the data they need. “I think we are at one of these inflection points here,” Sherman said. “Our current approaches are not going to take us into the future here.” Jackson Barnett has this.

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Senators urge TMF flexibility

Now that the federal government has more than $1 billion to spend under the Technology Modernization Fund, a group of Democratic senators wants the organizations administering the fund to use the “flexibility” of the Modernizing Government Technology Act to quickly replace outdated systems and improve cybersecurity. “It is widely acknowledged that our federal government needs to make significant and urgent investments in replacing outdated and insecure legacy IT systems,” reads a letter sent by Sens. Mark Warner, Va., Chris Van Hollen, Md., and Gary Peters, Mich. “Over the past year of the pandemic however, in which we’ve seen more than 565,000 deaths in the U.S. and devastating degrees of economic hardship, added demands have at times overwhelmed our government’s ability to continue providing effective customer service and critical benefits to Americans.” Dave Nyczepir has more.

CDM leader leaving

Kevin Cox, the head of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, is heading to a new job in government. Cox will move over to the Department of Justice as deputy CIO. He previously served as the department’s deputy chief information security officer. More on Cox's move.

DOD's cyber-hiring woes

The Department of Defense has introduced several new policies and programs to bolster its cybersecurity workforce. Despite that, the department's cyber skills gap isn't narrowing, top DOD cyber leaders testified this week. “I am concerned about the pace” at which DOD is hiring and training cyber personnel, Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, CIO of the Joint Staff, said during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. “I think the divide between the need is growing compared to what we’re able to fulfill. I’m not sure we’re closing the gap, and time is ticking for us to do so.” Billy Mitchell has more.

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