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Got any 'neuromorphic' tech?

The Air Force is looking to model its computer based on the human brain so that it can reap the benefits of artificial intelligence. The Air Force Research Laboratory is offering between $1 million and $3 million for concepts on how it can reconfigure its computational architecture to increase the efficiency of its systems. One of the ideas the Air Force is toying with to better use its computing systems is modeling them after “brain-inspired computing architectures.” These architectures are known as “neuromorphic” and were developed in the late 1980s to design analog circuits that imitate how synapses in the brain transmit information. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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CISA's reminder on DNS

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is reminding agencies to use its EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated (E3A) Domain Name System (DNS) resolution services to stay away from malicious activity. CISA issued guidance last week on the matter, saying it plans to start sending agencies regular reports informing them of potential DNS traffic anomalies to improve their defenses. By not using CISA's protections, federal agencies "lose the cybersecurity protections we offer and CISA loses the insight that would improve defenses for the enterprise," said Bryan Ware, the agency's assistant director. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

VA virtual benefits hearings booming

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's had great success moving benefits appeals hearing online during the coronavirus pandemic. After piloting them last year, the virtual hearings are possible following the signing of the VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act on April 10. So far the VA held more than 640 virtual hearings and has the capacity to hold 250 per week, according to the VA. Jackson has more.

The top stories of the week

Editor-in-chief Billy Mitchell discusses the top stories on FedScoop this week with his counterparts CyberScoop’s Greg Otto and StateScoop’s Jake Williams. This week they dive into the latest on the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, how hackers are loading malware into mobile ads and how many organizations are beginning to look at returning back to normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the weekly wrap-up now.

CMMC faces backlash after rushed RFP

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is facing turbulent times. Companies and military officials have expressed frustration at how the CMMC accreditation body dropped a sudden and unexpected request for proposals for a tool to continuously monitor contractors' cybersecurity hygiene. With the sudden release of the RFP, some have described the accreditation body — a vital piece of the CMMC puzzle — as a private layer of bureaucracy that could hamper progress on securing sensitive government information entrusted to contractors. Frank Kendall, a former undersecretary of Defense, didn't hold back: “The Defense Department should at least delay CMMC implementation, and probably cancel it altogether.” More from Jackson.

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