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Mariam Baksh

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Mariam Baksh
Mariam Baksh reports on the development of federal cybersecurity policy for Nextgov. She started covering technology governance in 2014, during the heat of the Net Neutrality debate, and focused her graduate studies at American University on investigative journalism.
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Industry objections spur changes to cybersecurity provisions in defense bill  

Key members of the House and Senate are altering proposals for identifying systemically important critical infrastructure and securing the software supply chain.

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FCC adds China-linked telecom providers to list of national security threats

The departments of Defense and Justice want the agency to take a more comprehensive approach to preventing foreign adversaries from accessing Americans’ communications and data.

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OMB: new acquisition rule coming for vendors to vouch for their software security

Agencies are also allowed to accept to-do lists from vendors who need to keep working up to a point where they can self-attest their compliance with NIST guidance.

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NIST selects 12 companies for implementing post-quantum cryptography 

Officials leading a standardization effort—based on four winning algorithms—are relying heavily on industry for success.

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Secretary of State makes case for tech-centered strategy to counter China

The secretary delivered a speech outlining the administration’s policy toward Beijing as Congress tries to reconcile legislation that would provide at least $50 billion to increase domestic production of semiconductors.

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Senate committee clears bill that takes on conflicts of interest in federal contracting

A hearing the committee held leading up to the bill’s markup focused on a shortage of procurement officials in the federal workforce, which an industry witness said could be addressed if it weren’t for inflexible ethics rules.

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US, allied cybersecurity agencies, advise reviewing contracts with tech vendors

A joint advisory from CISA, domestic partners and counterpart agencies in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance warns of a heightened threat to managed service providers and their customers.

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Microsoft, DoD sign research and development pact

The company may have the chance to negotiate exclusive intellectual property rights—with an exception for the government—to innovations emerging from the collaboration.

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Google surveys federal employees in fight with Microsoft for government market

The survey report tried to associate heavy reliance on Microsoft’s products with greater susceptibility to cyberattacks.

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NIST Suggests Agencies Accept the Word of Software Producers Per Executive Order

The standards agency said an attestation from vendors themselves would be sufficient when screening for cybersecurity, unless an agency's risk calculus suggests otherwise.