Weekly Wrap-Up
Week of October 4, 2021
Cybersecurity in U.S. Military
Nominee to Lead USAF Acquisition Names Software, IT as Top Priorities
(FCW) Improving how the service acquires software and IT systems, while making DevSecOps the norm ranks among the top priorities for the Biden administration's pick to be the Air Force's chief weapons buyer.
DevSecOps is Essential for Good Cybersecurity
(governmentCIO) For some branches of the military, a DevSecOps approach to cybersecurity is the best way to shield their networks from the onslaught of ransomware and cyberattacks from nation-state actors.
IT Modernization News
Senators Release Cyber Incident Reporting Bill, Preview FISMA Reforms
(Federal News Network) Leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released legislation today requiring critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber attacks to the government within 72 hours, while a bill is forthcoming requiring agencies and federal contractors to also report hacks.
Fed CIOs: TMF Funding Isn't Enough for IT Modernization
(MeriTalk) The $1 billion of new funding that the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) received earlier this year under the American Rescue Plan Act was welcomed by chief information officers (CIOs) from numerous agencies, but many CIOs are saying the new infusion of money is not enough for IT modernization needs.
DHS Issues Roadmap to Help Organizations Prepare for Quantum Computing Threat
(Nextgov) The Department of Homeland Security partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in releasing guidance entities should implement now to protect themselves from the looming potential threat of quantum computing.
Rep. Katko Introduces Bill That Would Prioritize Security for Key US Critical Infrastructure
(CyberScoop) The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee introduced legislation Tuesday directing the Homeland Security Department’s cyber wing to identify U.S. digital infrastructure that, if attacked, would severely debilitate national security, economic security or public safety.
Member News
D-Wave's Next-Generation Roadmap: Bringing Clarity to Practical Quantum Computing
(D-Wave Blog) So today, as we also release a preview of our new roadmap (code-named Clarity), our guiding principle of practical value has not changed. Clarity includes a myriad of enhancements and performance initiatives across our annealing Advantage system, Leap quantum cloud service, hybrid solvers, and perhaps most notable to those who have followed us over the decades, a product expansion into error-corrected, gate-model systems.
D-Wave Plans to Build a Gate-Model Quantum Computer
(TechCrunch) For more than 20 years, D-Wave has been synonymous with quantum annealing. Its early bet on this technology allowed it to become the world’s first company to sell quantum computers, but that also somewhat limited the real-world problems its hardware could solve, given that quantum annealing works especially well for optimization problems like protein folding or route planning. But as the company announced at its Qubits conference today, a superconducting gate-model quantum computer — of the kind IBM and others currently offer — is now also on its roadmap.
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