Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of May 17, 2021
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Cybersecurity Experts, Industry Praise President Biden's Executive Order to Improve the Nation's Cybersecurity
(White House Press Office) Matthew T. Cornelius, Executive Director of The Alliance for Digital Innovation: The Alliance for Digital applauds the Biden Administration for taking these vital, ambitious steps to improve America's cybersecurity defenses. This Executive Order highlights the critical need for government to work in close partnership and collaboration with industry leaders to identify, detect, and mitigate critical vulnerabilities, secure government information systems, and respond to growing cyber threats rapidly and effectively.
Telos Corporation's Robert Dupree: The Cybersecurity Executive Order is a Missed Opportunity
(Nextgov) Very late Wednesday (after the markets closed but in time to make the evening news), the Biden administration unveiled its long-awaited cybersecurity executive order. Cybersecurity professionals are providing an array of instant analysis of the executive order and its benefits from their perspective. Yet from a public policy perspective, the order represents a missed opportunity to address long-standing critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.
Biden Signs Executive Order to Harden Cybersecurity Defenses; Tenable's Amit Yoran Quoted
(Yahoo! Finance) President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at hardening the federal government's cybersecurity defenses, as his administration tackles a slew of overlapping cyber hacks, including a ransomware attack on a major fuel artery that has caused gas shortages in at least seven states across the Southeast. 
Tenable's Brown Discusses Priorities as Chair of IT Sector Coordinating Council, Potential Role in EO Implementation
(Inside Cybersecurity) Tenable’s Jamie Brown, recently re-elected as chair of the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council, says the group’s focus on cloud and software security, as well as on helping small businesses and state and local governments, creates opportunities for collaboration with federal officials on implementation of the new Biden cybersecurity executive order.
Doug Philippone Brings Lessons from the Battlefield to Data Science
He might be head of Palantir Technologies Inc.’s global defense business, with an office here in D.C., but he also was a former Army Ranger who served six tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, commanding several Joint Special Operations Command outstations at times when U.S. forces were heavily engaged with insurgents. “I think in many ways, when I transitioned from the service to Silicon Valley, I felt like my time in the military, and in war in particular as a commander, really prepared me for life in a startup,” he said. “You have to figure out how to solve an outcome.”
Splunk's Juliana Vida on What's Next for IT Modernization
(FedScoop) Juliana Vida, Chief Technical Advisor, Public Sector at Splunk is interviewed by Wyatt Kash, VP Content Strategy at Scoop News Group.
Novetta to Help with Army's Cloud Account Management Optimization Effort; Kevin Heald, Justin Shirk Quoted
Novetta announced Thursday that it was awarded an agreement under the SOSSEC Consortium’s other transactional authority (OTA) Cyberspace Operations Broad Responsive Agreement (COBRA) vehicle for the Cloud Account Management Optimization (CAMO) effort with the U.S. Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA).
USAF Should Adapt Industry Systems for Cyber Defense, Science Chief Says
(Air Force Magazine) The Air Force should use industry systems for cybersecurity, even the information highway that the Advanced Battle Management System will run on, because the infrastructure necessary isn’t within the service’s expertise and would require a culture and a workforce the Air Force doesn’t have, service Chief Scientist Victoria Coleman said.
Need for Speed: SOFWERX Zeros In on Rapid
(National Defense Magazine) An innovation hub linked with Special Operations Command is pivoting its efforts from discovering new technology to more rapidly putting capabilities into the hands of commandos.
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