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Pentagon Hires Investigators to Find Hacked Feds – Nextgov.com

A tool for determining why mail notifications are returned must be running by Oct. 9 and a website for individuals to check if they’re affected by the breach must be running by Nov. 17.

Individuals who suspect their background investigations records were compromised in the sweeping Office of Personnel Management hack but do not receive notifications next month should be able to troubleshoot online, rather than deal with call centers, contracting documents reveal.

The Defense Information Systems Agency on Sept. 24 quietly awarded a rush $1.8 million deal to the technology firm Advanced Onion for mail address-locating services. The Pentagon is in charge of alerting the 21.5 million individuals whose personal information was snared by what is believed to be an act of Chinese government espionage targeting the federal government.

The military is out of compliance with breach notification deadlines and needs the support by Sept. 28, Defense officials acknowledged in a justification for tapping the firm without holding an open competition.

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Some Legacy IT in Government Is so Old, It’s ‘Indefensible,’ Official Says – Nextgov.com

This story won’t surprise any of us since we all work with obsolete technologies every day. — Bill Drewnextgov

Nearly three quarters of the federal government’s $80 billion budget for information technology goes toward maintaining existing — and in some cases — archaic systems.In the wake of a massive data breach of government employee files, much of the response from federal officials has focused on locking down access to sensitive data through the use of more secure log-ons.Meanwhile, the congressional response to a series of hacks of both federal agencies and private corporations has been to renegotiate long-awaited legislation that would make it easier for private companies to share cyberthreat information with the feds.

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A Top-Secret Cell Phone Is Just One New Tool the Pentagon Can Expect Soon – Defense One

nextgovThe Defense Department made news this spring when Ash Carter became the first defense secretary in almost 20 years to visit Silicon Valley. In a media call Tuesday, Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told a handful of reporters what the Pentagon plans to learn from the private sector — including technology that could automate cyber response — and also provided updates on a plan to outfit parts of the Pentagon with Wi-Fi.

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