Huawei ban clouds U.S.-China trade talks, tech sector | Reuters

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A U.S. bid to block China’s Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology threw into question prospects for sales at some of the largest tech companies and drew a sharp rebuke from Beijing, further ratcheting up tensions over trade.

Shares of Huawei’s U.S. suppliers fell on fears the Chinese firm would be forced to stop buying American chips, software and other components after the Trump administration banned it from buying U.S. technology without special approval.

Source: Huawei ban clouds U.S.-China trade talks, tech sector – Reuters

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California bill to expand privacy protections fails | Reuters

California’s senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have expanded the ability of consumers to sue companies over their handling of personal data, a win for tech industry groups concerned about wide-ranging privacy lawsuits.

Under California’s data privacy law, which is set to take effect next year, consumers may file complaints to the state attorney general over alleged violations of privacy rules, but can sue over a data breach.

Source: California bill to expand privacy protections fails – Reuters

U.S. commerce secretary says Huawei order effective Friday: interview | Reuters

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“The order dealing with Huawei itself will be effective tomorrow,” Ross said in an interview with Bloomberg Television and Radio. The executive order, which was announced on Wednesday, barred Huawei from acquiring components and technology from U.S. firms without government approval.

Source: U.S. commerce secretary says Huawei order effective Friday: interview – Reuters

5G Has a NIMBY Problem | Nextgov

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As soon as the first 5G poles went up, the residents of Upper Cole Valley wanted them down.

Later, residents would take issue with the notice that informed the community of plans to install 5G wireless internet equipment—they say it was “poorly affixed to the single pole,” allowing it to either fall off or be blown off; and that San Francisco’s Public Works Department didn’t give them enough time to weigh in on the process.

But adequate warning or not, when Sprint mobile vendor Mobilitie came to the San Francisco neighborhood hawking super-fast internet service, residents had more fundamental concerns.

“Our Upper Cole Valley … neighborhood would suffer harm if the large pole-borne equipment box is installed, on an even taller pole, directly in front of our Excellent Views,” read a complaint from a group of more than 100 residents, which they submitted to the DPW in the hopes of getting Mobilitie’s permit denied

Source: 5G Has a NIMBY Problem – Nextgov

To Unleash a Modern Workforce, America Must Revamp Education | Nextgov


To effectively build a modern workforce and combat the nation’s crippling debt, the U.S. must radically transform its education system, federal leaders said Thursday.

“We are in the information age and we have all these technological advancements like the Khan Academy and mass online open courses, but we are not using them—we are still embracing an 18th- or 19th-century model of education,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said at the Labor Department’s Tech Day in Washington.

Source: To Unleash a Modern Workforce, America Must Revamp Education – Nextgov

OMB working on gov-wide cloud effort | FCW


As the Pentagon plans to begin issuing task orders under its $8.2 billion cloud Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract for email and collaboration services, the Office of Management and Budget is also looking to a civilian version of the vehicle.

Margie Graves, Deputy Federal CIO counted creation of partnerships among agencies on large acquisitions and an overall move towards “best in class” contracts as one of the significant accomplishments in the past year under the President’s Management Agenda.

Source: OMB working on gov-wide cloud effort — FCW

Army previews data strategy | FCW


The Army plans to release a new data strategy this summer.

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford called the data strategy, expected in the next 60 days, “one of our top IT-related reform efforts” when speaking to reporters following a keynote address at TechNet Cyber in Baltimore on May 15.

Crawford called the data problem “bigger than cloud.”

“It’s more, as I think deeply, two ridge lines over about where we need to be, we probably should be thinking more of an open-data environment than we are just a data strategy and just how we’re going to protect the data,” he said during his presentation.

“An open-data initiative is what our moonshot against the data problem should be.”

Source: Army previews data strategy — FCW

Supply chain task force lays groundwork for new restrictions | FCW

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Ongoing work at the federal Information Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Task Force will help to inform Commerce Department regulations designed to crack down on foreign-directed threats to the U.S. telecommunications supply chain, according to a Department of Homeland Security official.

Bob Kolasky, director of the National Risk Management Center at DHS and co-chair of the ICT Supply Chain Task Force, said the group’s work mapping out national critical functions — services so vital they would disrupt the American way of life if shut down or compromised — will underpin new rules governing when to ban transactions or sales involving foreign-made telecommunications equipment.

Those efforts and the Commerce regulations are pursuant to a new White House executive order on supply chain security.

Source: Supply chain task force lays groundwork for new restrictions — FCW

Is the Navy’s New Cybersecurity Program Shipshape? | SIGNAL Magazine


The Navy’s new Combat to Connect in 24 Hours (C2C24) is an ambitious program that has the potential to change naval warfare as we know it.

The program is designed to improve operational efficiency by automating the Navy’s risk management framework (RMF) efforts; providing sailors with near real-time access to critical data; and accelerating the Navy’s ability to deploy new applications in 24 hours rather than the typical 18 months.

Most importantly, C2C24 is using open source technologies and a unique cloud infrastructure to reduce the network attack surface and vulnerabilities. The Navy is standardizing its network infrastructure and data on open source code, and using a combination of shore-based commercial cloud and on-ship “micro cloud” for information access and sharing.

But malicious nation states are continually seeking ways to compromise defense systems—and they tend to be able to react and adjust quickly. As Navy Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett said, “Our adversaries don’t operate on our POM (program objective memorandum) cycle.”

With its ship-to-shore infrastructure, C2C24 could provide an enticing target.

Source: Is the Navy’s New Cybersecurity Program Shipshape? | SIGNAL Magazine

Mobile Device Protection Prevails in Shark Tank | SIGNAL Magazine

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A simple piece of wraparound electronic hardware that shields a mobile phone’s sensors from hackers emerged as the top technology in the final competition of AFCEA International’s small business innovation shark tank. The technology allows its user full access to a phone while blocking the smartphone’s cameras and masking surrounding audio.

Developed by Privoro, an Arizona-based startup, the technology is known as SafeCase. Mike Fong, company CEO, described to the audience at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington how a user simply places his or her iPhone into the SafeCase unit, and then chooses the degree of jamming desired.

“We built a high-security, intelligent, cloud-integrated extensible platform that pairs with the mobile device,” he said.

“You drop your iPhone into the case. It jams signals unless you want it not to.”

Source: Mobile Device Protection Prevails in Shark Tank | SIGNAL Magazine