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M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020

The M-19-21 memorandum mandates that all records are created, converted and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in electronic format by end of 2022. The need, however, does not make the reality any easier to embrace.  Agencies must both find a way to convert legacy records from paper to digital, and put in place processes that ensure all records going forward are created digitally.  Working with constrained budgets, needing to educate personnel, having to develop new processes and choosing the appropriate technology, all contribute to the complexity of achieving this goal by the established deadline.   Read More


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Creation of a cybersecurity strategy, task force announced by the Navy

Posted on November 03, 2014 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

In late October, the Department of the Navy announced a strategy that clearly identifies cyberspace as a domain in which warfighting is permitted. The strategy was created in order to more accurately assess the cyber risks present across the service as a response to a high profile breach of its systems last year.  Read More

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White House breached by unknown cybercriminals

Posted on October 31, 2014 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Federal officials announced this week that government cybersecurity teams are working to mitigate the lingering effects of a breach on an unclassified White House network.  Read More

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US military providing Wi-Fi to organizations fighting Ebola in West Africa

Posted on October 31, 2014 0 comments
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As the Ebola epidemic rages on in West Africa, the doctors and aid workers operating in the region are doing so without access to the necessary tracking and communication systems that allow for a successful disaster response. In order to better equip these workers and stop the spread of the virus, the U.S. Army is deploying tactical networks and mission command capabilities in the area. This will provide volunteers with the infrastructure required to improve communications between U.S. Africa Command, deployed units, non-governmental organizations and other partners involved in Operation United Assistance. Among the systems being enhanced by the Department of Defense are email, video and satellite tracking, Nextgov reported.  Read More

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DoD releases joint military doctrine for cyberspace operations

Posted on October 28, 2014 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

It was announced this week that the Department of Defense has released an unclassified version of its joint military doctrine for cyberspace operations. The document was originally released internally by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in February 2013.  Read More

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Newly discovered Poodle flaw threatens encrypted data

Posted on October 24, 2014 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Researchers at Google recently uncovered a major flaw in the SSLv3 encryption protocol. The vulnerability is nicknamed Poodle – an acronym for Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption – and attacks exploiting it rely in large part on the ability to force target browsers to fall back to the legacy protocol. The browsers inherently include weaknesses that hackers can take advantage of to access encrypted information.  Read More

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US-CERT warns of phishing scams exploiting fears of Ebola virus

Posted on October 22, 2014 0 comments
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An alert has been issued by the Department of Homeland security warning citizens about online fraud schemes using information on Ebola to trick victims into clicking on malicious links. In a statement about the phishing campaigns, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users to be cautious of opening emails regarding stories about the Ebola virus as they may contain dangerous material.  Read More

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Government agencies boosting their cybersecurity game

Posted on October 22, 2014 0 comments
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With breaches becoming more commonplace than ever, organizations have increasingly taken efforts to improve their security and ensure that their assets are safe from malicious parties. Government agencies in particular are creating initiatives to bolster their cybersecurity endeavors, including developing the NIST framework and educating staff members on emerging threats. These endeavors will go a long way toward guaranteeing that sensitive information is protected while providing employees with the tools they need to be successful without compromising essential data.  Read More

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Senate urged to pass cybersecurity bill by 9/11 commission

Posted on October 21, 2014 0 comments
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It was announced last week that the 9/11 Commission has called on the Senate to pass cybersecurity legislation before Congress goes on recess for the year. The commission warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the country is growing increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, citing major breaches at Home Depot and Target and the frequent discoveries of new flaws as proof of the eminent danger.  Read More

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Government Printing Office announces switch to cloud-based email

Posted on October 09, 2014 0 comments
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As the Government Printing Office moves toward becoming an overarching publishing platform rather than simply a creator of physical documents, the agency has announced it is transitioning its internal email systems to a cloud-based platform.  Read More