"The Defense Department on Friday published a set of sweeping cybersecurity standards that will begin to be incorporated into Defense contracts later this year, marking a major milestone in an overhaul of its procedures for enforcing IT security in its industrial base.
"During an event where Defense Department officials looked to dispel myths about a plan to certify the cybersecurity of its contractors through third-party audits, the department’s head of acquisitions spoke to why the rollout of the program isn’t expected to be done till 2026. 'We are doing this with what I would call irreversible momentum,' Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord said, answering questions from reporters."
"The General Services administration has begun the process of altering current contracts under its Multiple Award Schedule program, as part of its ongoing initiative to take the 24 different schedules currently existing under the program and merge them into one, unified schedule."
"The House Homeland Security Committee approved two bills reflecting confidence that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency would perform its cybersecurity functions while protecting privacy and a need to shield the agency’s chief from the potential whims of changing political administrations and the lure of the private sector."
"Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt formally grounded the department’s drones from non-emergency operations in a Jan. 29 order amid cybersecurity concerns relating to Chinese-made drones in its fleet. The formal measure “affirms” an Interior Department announcement in late October that it was temporarily halting non-emergency drone operations in late October last year. That review is ongoing."