Weekly Roundup March 13 – March 19 2015

Weekly Roundup
March 13 – March 19 2015

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The prospect of new legislation to facilitate cybersecurity information sharing between government and businesses saw potential progress this week from lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul told a CSIS audience this week a group of legislators are preparing a new bill that contains liability protections he believes can help private companies share cyber intelligence with the federal government.

“We need to create legal, safe harbors for companies to be able to exchange threat information without fear of being sued,” McCaul said Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

Also this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act that would authorize the government to share cyber intelligence with businesses in the event of an attack.

A full floor vote on that bill could take place in April, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said.

                         

                         

The Potomac Officers Club hosted its “2015 Cyber Summit” Thursday for leaders at the intersection of the public and private sectors to discuss how both sides could work together to handle issues such as nation-state actors and defense of intellectual property.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address to kick off the half-day forum, which also hosted executives from GovCon industry and the federal government that gave the audience an insider’s perspective on federal cybersecurity and the status of policies and programs at agencies.

POC’s 2015 Cyber Summit also featured panel discussions with participants that hold cyber and technology-related experience from both industry and government, as well as questions directly offered by the GovCon executive audience to their peers on stage.

Click here to read GovCon Wire’s full recap of the summit.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES 
Navy Awards $636M Ship Engineering, Technical Services IDIQ to 7 Companies
Contractors will update and install ship hulls on vessels.
Microsoft Execs: Continuous Detection, Uniform Standards Key in Federal Cyber Defense Efforts
Scott Price and Pat Arnold discuss cybersecurity trends with ExecutiveBiz.
Pat Tracey of HP on the Federal Cloud Market in 2015, How Mobile Changes IT Thinking
Tracey also overviews EDS’ evolution into HP Enterprise Services in Q&A.
Former GSA CIO Sonny Hashmi Named Federal Area Strategy Lead at Box
Hashmi will lead the cloud management company’s federal market programs.
CACI to Help US Army Sustain Fire Support, C4ISR Systems; Ken Asbury Comments
Company will perform software engineering work under two task orders.
Roger Mason: DoD Must Balance Speed, Accuracy to Bolster Biometrics Intelligence Tech
The Noblis SVP says Internet anonymity will challenge biometrics efforts.
Serco’s US Arm to Administer ID Cards for US Navy Personnel; Dan Allen Comments
Serco Inc. will verify eligibility through the Seaport-e vehicle.
Former CIA IG David Buckley to Lead KPMG’s Forensic Practice
Buckley served as the CIA’s top auditor from October 2010 to January 2015.
House GOP Proposes $90B FY 2016 War Budget to Cover Budget Caps
The military would get $613 billion total to spend under this blueprint.
Michael Vickers, DoD Intell Undersecretary, to Retire
The four-decade government veteran will leave the Pentagon in April after four years as its intelligence leader.
Frank Kendall: Better Buying Power 3.0 Implementation Guide in The Works
Kendall says that new iteration also aims to help plan for responsive threats.
Robert Work: Congress ‘Reluctant’ to Accept Pentagon’s BRAC Proposal
Work says DoD’s modernization budget has seen 3 years of flat funds.
Army to Procure Professional Services Via OASIS
OASIS offers agencies access to commercial and noncommercial consulting and program management work.
Sue Swenson: FirstNet RFP Could Come Later This Year
The FirstNet board chairman tells lawmakers the board will work to determine potential revenue of spectrum leases during RFP process.
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