Posts from GovConWire for 07/09/2015

Maarten Bron: Underwriters Laboratories, White House Plan to Launch ‘Internet of Things’ Security Certification

Maarten Bron, director of innovations at Underwriters Laboratories, has confirmed that UL is in talks with the Obama administration to introduce a certification standard intended to safeguard Internet-connected devices from cyber threats, InformationWeek’s Dark Reading reported Monday
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Michael Jabaley Named US Navy Submarines Program Executive Officer

Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley Jr., formerly commander of naval undersea warfare center for the Naval Sea Systems Command, has been appointed as program executive officer for submarines. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm…
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Report: Interior Dept Mandates 2-Factor Authentication for Network Access

The U.S. Interior Department has ordered its employees to use a smart card and password when they log into the department’s computer network as part of an effort to strengthen cybersecurity, Nextgov reported Tuesday
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National Treasury Employees Union Sues OPM for Data Breaches

The National Treasury Employees Union has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Office of Personnel Management for the recent hacking of federal employees’ private information, the Washington Post reported Wednesday
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DARPA Names 7 Finalists in $2M Challenge for Automated Cyber Defense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen the seven finalists in its program to develop an automated computer system that will work to detect, mitigate and defeat cyber vulnerabilities, the Washington Post reported Wednesday
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Mercom: Health IT Sector Drew $1.2B in Q2 Venture Capital Funding

A Mercom Capital Group report says venture capitalists pumped about $1.2 billion into the healthcare information technology industry during 2015’s second quarter, up from the $784 million recorded during the previous quarter…
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July 8 Market Close: GovCon Index, US Stocks Plummet as NYSE Floor Trading Paused in Midday

The GovCon Index lost ground from gains in the previous day’s trading session on Wednesday to record a loss of 1.19 percent and close at 74.122. Floor trading on the New York Stock Exchange halted at around 11:30 a…
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