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Suzette Kent outlines 2020 IT security priorities

In a keynote address at CyberTalks on Thursday, Federal CIO Suzette Kent laid out her 2020 priorities for IT security across the federal government. Kent detailed a long list of things to come, including cross-agency information sharing, improved identity management and increased workforce cybersecurity literacy. “Our challenge is not confined to a month,” she said, in an allusion to October’s designation as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

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Let’s Talk About IT Ep. 7 — Is federal cybersecurity getting better?

Let's Talk About IT is back with its second episode for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This episode features Air Force CISO Wanda Jones Heath and Cisco's Will Ash in a discussion about the progress made in recent years around federal cybersecurity. Jones Heath attributes it to an "active federal approach" led by DHS, whereas Ash points to "cyber-risk accountability at the senior-most levels in agencies" as the big change. Listen to the new episode.

DOD teases plans for 5G testbeds on military bases

The Department of Defense is ready to embrace 5G. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Lisa Porter announced a forthcoming draft solicitation in which the DOD will set up experimental test sites at military bases to prototype 5G wireless technologies. Those pilot bases, which will be revealed next month, will focus on three different use cases around 5G technology. See what the use cases are.

VA health incubator starts with disease prevention tools

VA's new collaborative health care innovation center is initially focusing on the creation of prevention tools that predict disease and improve patient safety. Already, the Army has demonstrated an algorithm the partnership developed can predict acute kidney injury up to 48 hours in advance — potentially helping patients avoid the devastating disease. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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