Posts from GovConDaily for 05/19/2017

U.S. CIO Margie Graves: Thanks to 2015 Cyber Security Sprint, Feds Avoid Wannacry Virus

Acting U.S. CIO Margie Graves said that thanks to the 2015 federal cybersecurity sprint, federal agencies were able to avoid the devastating WannaCry ransomware virus that infected more than 200,000 people and organizations in over 150 countries…
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DoD Names PNNL Policy Adviser Vayl Oxford as DTRA Director

Vayl Oxford, a national security executive policy adviser at the Energy Department‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will assume the director role at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday Secretary James Mattis also appointed Oxford to the Senior Executive Service in line with the assignment to head DTRA…
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Onvia Survey Shows Increase in Govt Contractor Sales Expectations

A new study by Onvia says government contractors expect an increase in sales in 2017 to 2018 compared to their performance in 2016. Onvia said Thursday its market research team created the 2017 Onvia Government Contractor Confidence Index using survey responses from 424 companies that sell to federal, state, local and education agencies…
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SageNet to Migrate Cybersecurity Services Division into New Pennsylvania-Based Facility as Part of Expansion Efforts

SageNet will move its cybersecurity services division to a 4,000-square-foot facility in Media, Pennsylvania as part of the company’s expansion efforts. The company said Wednesday that it will add four new positions and hire additional cybersecurity professionals to grow SageNet’s team of cyber analysts and engineers…
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz to Leave Congress in June

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) plans to vacate his congressional seat on June 30 after a nearly eight-year tenure. Chaffetz said in a statement published Thursday that he decided to resign to spend more time with his family…
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Leidos Named to 2017 LinkedIn Top Companies List; Roger Krone Comments

Leidos has been included in LinkedIn’s 50 Top Companies list for 2017 in recognition of the Reston, Virginia-based defense contractor’s employee recruitment and retention efforts. The company landed the 31st spot in the list that was released after LinkedIn examined data related to company reach, job applications and employee retention as well as actions by the professional social network’s more than 500 million members, Leidos said Thursday…
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House Passes Bill to Provide Cyber Tools, Training for State & Local Law Enforcement

U.S. House members have voted to approve a bill that would provide tools and training necessary for law enforcement agencies to fight cyber crime at the state and local levels. Rep. John Ratcliffe’s office (R-Texas) said Tuesday the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 would authorize the Hoover, Alabama-based National Computer Forensics Institute, which has served as a cybercrime training center for more than 6,250 local officials across U…
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Army Unveils Cyber Range Market Research Plan

The U.S. Army‘s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation seeks market research that can aid the development of an acquisition strategy for a multi-year National Cyber Range Complex event planning and operations support contract…
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NASA Solicits Tech Proposals From Academia to Support Human Exploration Plans

NASA‘s space technology mission directorate seeks early-stage technology proposals from academic institutions that can support the agency’s human exploration and solar system research goals in the long term…
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DHS, Netherlands-Based Partners to Invest in Cybersecurity Research Projects

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate and its partner agencies from the Netherlands will invest up to $2.6 million in collaborative cybersecurity research projects…
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VIDEO: In-Depth at XPONENTIAL 2017 – FLIR’s Arne Skjaerpe

AUVSI and ANN are proud to have completed their first multi-hour LIVE interview program series on Day Two and Three of XPONENTIAL 2017, as seen May 8-11 in Dallas, TX. The broadcast was conducted, shared, and viewed as a live webcast and is now archived for future viewing and use by members of the Unmanned technology community…
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