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FCW : August 15, 2014
Trending agency websites were found to contain code for "canvas ngerprinting" --- a cookie-less, dif cult-to-block tracking tool 26 INK TANK 10 August 15, 2014 FCW.COM As part of the Better Buying Power 2.0 initiative unveiled more than a year ago, the Defense Department is emphasizing test and evaluation earlier in the acquisition process in an effort to keep contractors better informed about what the department expects on projects. Conducting tests and de n- ing project requirements ear- lier in the acquisition cycle were priorities in developing DOD s most recent guidance to industry, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Darlene Costello said at a July 23 conference hosted by the National Defense Indus- trial Association. That guidance was developed by Undersecretary of Defense for Acqui- sition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, the senior DOD of cial lead- ing the department s attempts to make buying weapons, IT and everything else less costly and more ef cient. If of cials have not thought through issues such as project requirements, "how do we ask industry what to bid back to us?" Costello asked. "That s really [Kendall s] premise." The goal is to maximize the infor- mation available to contractors before DOD issues a request for proposals. David Brown, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for developmen- tal test and evaluation, called the RFP a critical moment in contracting. Kendall "has stated mul- tiple times that the RFP release is the most critical decision point in the life of a program," Brown said. "So it s at that point that we establish that vital partnership between defense industry and defense acquisition. And so the more information that transfers at that point and the better that information is, then the better we start our pro- gram and the better chances we have of acquisition success." --- Sean Lyngaas DOD stresses improvements to testing and evaluation Ten years after issuing a damning report on the intelligence failures that preceded the 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission has warned of similar U.S. vulnerabilities in cybersecurity. "One lesson of the 9/11 story is that, as a nation, Americans did not awak- en to the gravity of the terrorist threat until it was too late," states the new report, issued July 22. "History may be repeating itself in the cyber realm." The commission recently recon- vened to re ect on how U.S. securi- ty interests have shifted in the past decade. A comprehensive assessment of the nation s cybersecurity readiness was beyond the scope of the report, so instead it discusses the nexus between terrorism and cybersecurity, the American public s supposed lack of awareness of cyberthreats and the need for comprehensive legislation from Congress. However, a senior White House of - cial recently told FCW that addressing individual cybersecurity issues, such as data breaches and information shar- ing, in separate pieces of legislation is more effective than trying to pass a comprehensive bill. The report calls on Congress to pass legislation that encourages pri- vate rms and federal of cials to share cyberthreat information while protect- ing those rms from liability for doing so. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved a bill in early July that would do just that. The report also advises executive branch agencies, such as the Depart- ment of Homeland Security and the FBI, to "complement, rather than rep- licate" the National Security Agency s technical capabilities in cyberspace. --- Sean Lyngaas 'History may be repeating itself' in cyberspace Frank Kendall
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