Posts from GovConDaily 12/30/2016

OMB Recommends HHS Use DLA-DHA Military Medical Electronics Catalog

The Office of Management and Budget has recommended the Department of Health and Human Services use an electronic catalog for military medical materials compiled by the Defense Health Agency and Defense Logistics Agency…
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New York State Govt Updates Cyber Policies for Financial Institutions

New York State’s Department of Financial Services has issued updates to its cybersecurity rules for financial institution and insurance companies. The new regulations aim to protect consumers and the financial data of banks and insurance companies from cyber threats, the department said Wednesday…
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Trend Micro Report Forecasts Rise of Ransomware & Email Compromise Attacks in 2017

A new Trend Micro report lists cybersecurity predictions in 2017 that will influence the movement of the threat landscape such as a rise in ransomware and email compromise attacks. The report titled “The Next Tier” predicts the number of new ransomware families will grow by 25 percent in 2017 which translates to approximately 15 new families every month, Trend Micro says…
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Marines to Implement Target Handoff System on Samsung Tablets

The U.S. Marine Corps will integrate a new target handoff system into off-the-shelf tablets from Samsung to call in fire support from air, ground and sea units, Military.com reported Wednesday. Hope Hodge Seck writes Jesse Hume, project officer for the Target Handoff System Version 2, said that approximately 900 Marines will utilize the platform alongside a combat net radio, laser range finder, video downlink receiver and Samsung’s Tab 2 device…
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Navy, Marine Corps Conclude Joint ‘Exercise Alligator Dagger’

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have completed a joint exercise with a nighttime helo-borne raid to demonstrate both military branches’ capabilities to conduct a raid on a simulated enemy communications node…
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Intel Security’s Steve Grobman: US Sanctions Against Russia Over Election Interference Could Spark War

Steve Grobman, chief technology officer at Intel Security, has said that sanctions against Russia for its interference in the U.S. elections through cyber hacking activities could potentially result in “kinetic, conventional shooting war,” VentureBeat…
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Saab to Maintain UAE Airborne Surveillance System

Saab has received an estimated $17.6 million contract to support and maintain the United Arab Emirates’ airborne surveillance system through 2018. UAE’s Saab 340 Erieye AEW&C surveillance system comprises 340 aircraft equipped with the Erieye radar system and associated ground equipment, Saab said Thursday…
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Obama Administration Cites OPM’s National Background Investigations Bureau Among Security Clearance Reform Efforts

A report published on Performance.gov says the Obama administration implemented several measures in 2016 as part of efforts to update the security clearance process, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday…
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GAO Asks SEC to Improve Cross-Divisional Collaboration, Develop Training for Hiring Specialist

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Securities and Exchange Commission authorize the SEC’s chief operating officer to reform cross-divisional collaboration and establish training for hiring specialist…
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SBA to Start New Entrepreneurial Education Competition

The Small Business Administration will launch a new $1.2 million competition that aims to expand access to entrepreneurial education and microloans to formerly incarcerated individuals. SBA said Thursday the Aspire Challenge will award as much as $75,000 to organizations across the nation that can assist the delivery of training and microloan assistance to such individuals…
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