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Hysen returns to DHS

Eric Hysen is set to be appointed CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, where during the Obama administration, he helped stand up a U.S. Digital Service offshoot. For now, Hysen holds the title of senior adviser at the department, a DHS spokesperson told FedScoop. His announcement as DHS CIO, a politically appointed position, is imminent, a separate source said. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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Kathleen Hicks to prioritize data as Pentagon No. 2

Kathleen Hicks is likely to be named the Pentagon's No. 2 in the coming days. At her confirmation hearing this week to be deputy secretary of Defense, Hicks said she will lead in the role by using data to inform business decisions. She also committed to continuing the push to modernize warfighting systems to be more data-centric in new operating concepts. Jackson Barnett has more.

Congress is starting to move on more cyber bills

Congress boosted the number of cybersecurity bills it introduced in the most recent two-year session of Congress by 40% compared to the prior session, according to a Third Way analysis first reported by CyberScoop. It didn't translate into many more becoming law, however: Just 14 did, up from last session's 11. The legislation was bipartisan more often than not, with election security offering the biggest divergence from the trend. The analysis suggests that Capitol Hill is becoming more interested in the topic, but there's not a single explanation for the phenomenon. Tim Starks has the story on CyberScoop.


The future of work in a post-pandemic world

The COVID-19 pandemic is pressuring federal agencies to embrace digital transformation at a faster rate than they have been accustomed to. The upside is that this sets organizations on path towards a more secure infrastructure, more productive workforce and ability to retain the necessary talent within public service. A recent OpenText report offers guidance for public service and critical infrastructure leaders to navigate these challenges. Read more from OpenText.


How cloud security tools provide greater return on agency resources

IT weaknesses exposed during the pandemic are prompting agency leaders to address three key areas of security: vulnerabilities, threats and inefficiencies in measuring risk. A new report investigates how agencies can increase visibility across the network and improve how they analyze security data. The report spotlights NYC Cyber Command as one of the many agencies seeing significant operational improvements by taking a cloud-based, zero-trust approach. Read more.

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