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Skills-based hiring a win for cyber

An executive order President Trump signed over the summer to overhaul federal hiring requirements could have a big impact on federal cybersecurity recruiting. Michael Rigas, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, explained at CyberTalks how the federal government is following in the footsteps of Silicon Valley with a shift to skills assessments over traditional education requirements. Billy Mitchell has more.

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DHS considers a CMMC adaptation

The Department of Homeland Security, like other non-defense agencies across government, is now considering how the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program might apply to its own supply chain. DHS procurement and acquisition professionals are working with several vendors on supply chain pilots that would include standards from the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program, DHS CISO Thresa Lang said last week. Dave Nyczepir has this one.

Senators take on CBP's warrantless use of phone data

Another federal agency is in hot water for warrantless use of private smartphone data. Democratic senators called for an inspector general investigation into Customs and Border Protection’s half-million-dollar subscription to a commercial database containing the phone location data of millions of citizens. More from Dave.

Lawmaker calls for AI to be integrated into all future major defense programs

Artificial intelligence is becoming such an integral part of IT that one lawmaker believes the Pentagon should make it a central part of every major defense acquisition program, such as the development of aircraft and weapons systems. Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., said during a Brookings virtual event Friday that for the DOD to modernize, it needs to get serious about fielding AI in its programs and remove outdated platforms from its roster. The DOD should “include AI development in every major defense acquisition program,” Brown said as a means to win the AI race with China. Jackson Barnett has the story.

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