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Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Senate passes DHS bug bounty bill

April 20, 2018

Via: FCW

The Department of Homeland Security is one step closer to launching a bug bounty pilot. The Senate passed legislation April 17 that compels DHS to establish a bug bounty program. Sponsored by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Claire […]


Federal, Hardware, Policy, Tech

ZTE lashes out at US ban, vows to protect company

April 20, 2018

Via: ZDnet

ZTE has described a US sales ban on its products as “unacceptable” and pledges to take legal steps, if necessary, to protect the company’s interests as well as that of its stakeholders and customers. The Chinese vendor said in a […]


Federal, Policy

LA councilman asks city attorney to “review possible legal action” against Waze

April 19, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Yet another Los Angeles city councilman has taken Waze to task for creating “dangerous conditions” in his district, and the politician is now “asking the City to review possible legal action.” “Waze has upended our City’s traffic plans, residential neighborhoods, […]


Federal, Policy

GSA chief says citizen services will be a focal point in FY2019

April 19, 2018

Via: FCW

Citizen-facing services, IT modernization investments and workforce development are all important budget priories for the General Services Administration, agency chief Emily Murphy said at an April 17 House appropriations hearing. And while lawmakers pressed on some of GSA’s politically charged […]


Federal, Policy

Election security bill needs tweaks, state officials say

April 18, 2018

Via: StateScoop

Election security legislation now being considered by the Senate needs some adjustments, state officials have told the bill’s backers. State secretaries from Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and New Mexico spoke in-person and on the phone Monday with Republican Sen. […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Maryland pounces on federal funding for election cybersecurity

April 17, 2018

Via: StateScoop

All nine members of U.S. Congress representing Maryland requested this month that Republican Gov. Larry Hogan bolster the state’s election security and infrastructure before the 2018 midterms. Gov. Hogan agreed. In a letter to the governor, lawmakers wrote, “With the […]


Federal, Hardware, Policy, Tech

U.S. companies banned from selling components to ZTE

April 16, 2018

Via: Tech Crunch

This time last year, Chinese electronics giant ZTE pled guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea. This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a seven-year export restriction for the company, resulting in a ban on U.S. component […]


Federal, Policy

DHS seeks growth in cyber budget

April 16, 2018

Via: FCW

Cybersecurity threats “keep me up at night,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at an April 11 appropriations hearing. “It changes quickly. It’s prolific. It’s non-stop and it’s from many, many, many sectors.” DHS is seeking more than $644 million […]


Federal, Policy

Scott Pruitt has “at least four” official email addresses, senators say

April 13, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Two Democratic senators have written a formal letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog, asking a basic question: how many email accounts does Administrator Scott Pruitt have? “Our offices have received information indicating that the Administrator uses three different […]


Policy, State & Local

Most jurisdictions satisfied with voting machines, GAO finds

April 13, 2018

Via: FCW

Most local election jurisdictions are pretty happy with the performance of their voting machines and equipment. According to an April 11 report from the General Accountability Office, 32 percent of voters voted in jurisdictions that relied on direct recording electronic […]