Posts from GovConDaily for 05/16/2017

Synopsys VP Kuehlmann: WannaCry is ‘A Wake-up Call for the World’

Over 200,000 devices in at least 150 countries had been infected with WannaCry by Sunday, a piece of ransomware that holds your computer hostage until you pay hackers $300 in bitcoin. WannaCry is the largest cyberextortion scheme ever, reports CNet, and experts are warning that many governments are susceptible due to outdated technology…
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AppDynamics-Govplace Team to Help CBP Implement App Mgmt Platform

The Customs and Border Protection has chosen a team composed of AppDynamics and Govplace to help the agency implement infrastructure visibility and application performance management tools. CBP will use the tools as part of efforts to manage the agency’s digital operations and the movement of goods and travelers, Govplace said Monday…
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NIST Issues Draft Guidance on Cyber Best Practices for Federal Agencies

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled new draft guidance that suggests best practices for agencies to secure federal information systems, Nextgov reported Monday. The Interagency Report 8170 document provides instructions on how federal agencies can utilize NIST frameworks to assess the cybersecurity of technology vendors and allocate cybersecurity responsibilities to various department sectors…
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Textron Unit Tests Glide Munition Against Moving Targets in Arizona

Textron‘s systems business has tested a lightweight precision guided glide munition against moving targets during a flight test at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. Textron said Monday that its weapon and sensor systems team recorded 23…
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Air Force Lifts Weight Restrictions on F-35A Pilots

The U.S. Air Force has lifted a restriction that imposed a weight minimum of at least 136 pounds for F-35A pilots in an effort to prevent neck injury during ejections. The service branch said Monday three modifications were implemented on the F-35A escape system in an effort to boost safety for all pilots…
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John Bergin: DoD Eyes Use of Blockchain Tech in Standard Parts Production

The Defense Department aims to use additive manufacturing techniques in conjunction with  blockchain technology in efforts to address intellectual property challenges related to the production of military standard parts, GCN reported Monday…
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ViON’s Elizabeth Anthony Named to CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel List

Elizabeth Anthony, senior vice president of marketing at ViON, has been included in CRN magazine’s Women of the Channel list for 2017 in recognition of her leadership, vision and expertise in the information technology sector…
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House, Senate Armed Services Committee Leaders Seek Defense Sequestration Reversal

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), head of the House armed services panel, have echoed the call of a group of lawmakers to reverse the sequestration policy for defense programs, Defense News reported Monday…
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VIDEO: Abrams Tank Maintainers keeping US Soldiers in the 2017 Nordic Tank Challenge

Abrams Tank System Maintainers help keep their tankers fully mission capable for any tasking they may have. This is especially important when U.S. Soldiers are competing in the 2017 Nordic Tank Challenge, a competition of 7 NATO Allies, to see which tank teams are the most proficient…
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