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Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
Science & Tech

Pentagon Aims to Support More Sensitive Telework By Year's End

The Defense Department is also in “an active conversation” about sustaining telework post-pandemic, according to Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy.

Science & Tech

The Pentagon's Platform One Offers an Ambitious Model for the Future of Software

In an interview, the Air Force’s chief software officer described the potential for a profound transformation for cybersecurity.

Threats

Justice Official Explains Why Law Enforcement is Worried about 5G

As the government works to deploy next generation networking technology, policy discussions highlight rifts between agency stakeholders.

Threats

U.S., U.K. Officials Call for Russia to Stop Hacking COVID-19 Researchers

“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” a British official said.

Science & Tech

Defense Firms Unlikely to Win Extension to Purge Banned Chinese Tech

Armed Services Chairman Rep. Adam Smith is asking GAO to report on compliance, as companies ask for more time.

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Intelligence Bill Seeks Faster Clearance Reviews, Other Reforms

The bill would also allow the government to give “derogatory information” about individual contractors to their companies.

Threats

China Is Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation, CISA Warns

The agency also cautioned against dangerous suggestions—such as ingesting bleach—as cures for the disease.

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Zoom or Not? NSA Offers Guidance for Choosing a Videochat App

The crypto agency has a list of questions for federal employees and contractors to ask as they choose a collaboration tool.

Policy

The Pentagon's Spectrum Defeat May Presage a Loss of Other Key Frequencies

Rejecting appeals by Defense officials and their Congressional allies, the FCC approved a private company's use of spectrum near ones used by GPS.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Seeks Continuous Monitoring of Defense Contractors' Cybersecurity

A new monitoring system is just part of a larger plan that will end defense contractors' ability to "self-certify" their compliance with DoD cyber standards.

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Pentagon Isn't Following the Cyber Steps It Asks from Suppliers, GAO Says

The Defense Department has yet to fully implement multiple initiatives to track and improve cyber defenses.

Policy

OMB Says 'Work From Home.' But Some Defense Contracts Say Workers Can't

Industry association pushes for the administration to issue guidance for flexibility and greater use of contractors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Threats

Stop Hiding Vulnerabilities Found By Red Teams, Joint Staff to Tell Military

Eight years after DoD's inspector general found that problems found by red teams often went unfixed, a new instruction seeks to change that.

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Expect 75 Recommendations to Improve Security, Plus Proposed Laws, from Congress' Cyber Commission

Rep. Jim Langevin says he and his fellow commissioners will propose streamlining Congressional oversight, incident reporting by industry, and more.

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Executive Order on GPS and Precision Timing Is All Carrot, No Stick

A leading PNT advocacy and educational organization says that's not going to be enough.

Science & Tech

Chinese Military Officers Hacked Equifax, Justice Department Says

DOJ officials highlighted the theft of intellectual property and personal information in one of the biggest online thefts in history.

Threats

New Counterintelligence Strategy to Boost Sharing on Cyber Threats

To be rolled out Monday, the strategy adds the private sector as a customer of the intelligence community.

Threats

Spotted: Ransomware That Targets Industrial Controls

EKANS is the first known malware made to freeze the systems that run electrical utilities and the like, says cyber firm Dragos, adding that there's no apparent link to Iran.