Posts from GovConDaily for 07/26/2017

US & Japan Affirm Int’l Cooperation, Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Cybersecurity

The governments of Japan and the U.S. have affirmed their commitment to cooperate on bilateral cyber concerns and bolster public-private partnerships with industry, academia and civil society in efforts to achieve cybersecurity and resiliency…
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Aerospace Engineering Vet Doug Jones Joins Asteroid Mining Firm Deep Space Industries

Doug Jones, former chief test engineer at rocket engine manufacturer XCOR Aerospace, has joined asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries as director of propulsion systems. DSI said Tuesday Jones, who has years of experience in aerospace engineering, will lead efforts to develop new propulsion technology for small spacecraft that will support deep space exploration…
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HHS Launches Updated Health Info Breach Reporting Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services has released an updated version of its web tool that works to provide details on breaches of health information. HHS said Tuesday the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool now features optimized navigation for individuals who seek information on breaches as well as organizations that aim to report incidents…
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CSRA’s Larry Prior Joins Coalition for Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

CSRA President and CEO Larry Prior has joined a coalition of chief executives that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Prior is now part of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion comprising more than 270 corporate leaders who have pledged to help their companies develop a workplace culture that encourages discussions on diversity and inclusion, CSRA said Tuesday…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Jones Tallent, CFO for Merlin International

“The goal of the government contracting world should be to provide goods and services to the federal government in the most convenient, cheapest, effective manner…That is a noble goal…” ExecutiveBiz: Please tell us about your background and previous experience and how it prepared you for your current position with Merlin…
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Accenture Report: First Half of 2017 Saw Increased Use of Deception Tactics, Rise in Ransomware

A new report from Accenture’s security business has found that organizations have experienced a rise in ransomware attacks and use of phishing campaigns and deception tactics such as steganography, anti-analysis code and command-and-control servers during the first half of 2017…
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Rep. Will Hurd: Congress Should Fund ‘Smart’ Border Security Tech

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has said Congress should approve funds for the Customs and Border Patrol to implement “smart” technologies to secure the U.S.-Mexico border instead of funding the construction of a border wall, MeriTalk reported Tuesday…
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HII Subsidiary Completes Builder’s Sea Trials of ‘Ralph Johnson’ Destroyer Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Ingalls Shipbuilding unit has conducted builder’s sea trials on an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer built for the U.S. Navy. HII said Tuesday it tested the combat, main propulsion and other systems of USS Ralph Johnson for more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico…
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Battelle Demos Anti-Drone Tech Platform at DoD Event

Battelle has showcased the features of its new anti-drone technology to potential buyers during the Defense Department‘s annual Black Dart event in Florida. The nonprofit said Tuesday it has sold more than 200 units of the man-portable DroneDefender system to DoD, the Department of Homeland Security and international customers…
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NIST, DHS to Co-Host Cyber Workforce Devt Workshop in Illinois

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security have partnered to facilitate a workshop on cybersecurity workforce development to address a requirement under Executive Order 13800…
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VIDEO: President, Defense Secretary Attend USS Gerald R. Ford Commissioning

President Donald J. Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attend the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2017.
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