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12:32 pm, November 23, 2014

Cybersecurity News

Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

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CMS claims cyber fixes in place for HealthCare.gov

Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on Nov. 14 that CMS fixed 22 technical recommendations before open enrollment began. The letter came on the cusp of yet another contentious hearing on the role of former White House CTO Todd Park in overseeing and developing the initially troubled portal.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:26am EST
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The benefits of online learning

Georgetown University professor Dr. Pablo Molina joins host John Gilroy to discuss distance learning and the strengths and weaknesses of learning technology.
November 18, 2014

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:00pm EST
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Dems demand answers in State Dept. cyber-attack

A House oversight committee demanded answers Monday about a suspected cyber-attack that has shut down the State Department's unclassified email system.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

OPM nominee to focus on improving security review process, veteran hiring

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 05:22pm EST
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Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

The Veterans Affairs Department fails its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row. The State Department shuts down its unclassified email system, and the National Weather Service and the Postal Service report cyber attacks. It's all happening as agencies are deploying their continuous diagnostics and mitigation plans while they maintain their FISMA compliance environments. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, and former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the latest chain of events may mean for the future of cybersecurity policies.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:22pm EST
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VA to spend $60 million more on cyber after auditors' continued concerns

Steph Warren, VA's CIO, said he moved money out of projects and into cybersecurity to ensure the agency gets rid of as many material weaknesses as they can. The decision to move money comes as Congress turns back up the heat on VA to correct long-standing and systemic cyber shortcomings.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 12:56pm EST

State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

Unclassified State Department computer system hacked, email shut down

Monday - 11/17/2014, 05:50pm EST

Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Director for Exercises and Training, Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:44pm EST
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VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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Ellen Glover, Executive Vice President, ICF International

Federal employees unions want to know what took the Postal Service so long to report its massive data breach it found in September — putting more than 800,000 employees at risk of identity theft. It's the latest case of IT threats getting ahead of the ability to defend against those threats. Ellen Glover, executive vice president of ICF International, is a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about perfecting and protecting your IT networks.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:25pm EST
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Unions push back on beleaguered USPS

Confronted with a cyber breach and planned closures of mail processing centers in January 2015, the American Postal Workers Union and others are rallying against the USPS.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 11:20am EST

Army's move to enterprise email kicked culture transformation into gear

Mike Krieger, the former Army deputy CIO/G6, retired after 35 years in government. He says the move to email-as-a-service in the cloud provided the Army the roadmap to change how it looks at shared services.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:41am EST
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Cybersecurity troubles looming

The military is redoubling its efforts to look at cybersecurity.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 09:29am EST

AP IMPACT: US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

AP IMPACT: Federal agencies struggle to combat cyberattacks; employee missteps worsen problems

Monday - 11/10/2014, 10:10pm EST

Cyber breach at Postal Service leaves employees vulnerable

Hackers have broken into some of the Postal Service's information systems. They may have stolen sensitive data on 800,000 postal employees, according to the agency.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 10:25am EST
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embrac

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embraces NIAP for mobile.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:54am EST

Navy, Marine Corps to migrate to joint DoD cybersecurity architecture, but not until 2017

In this edition of "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Navy and Marine Corps have agreed to migrate their security infrastructure into JRSS, and all the services have agreed on the basic technical and policy questions.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:30am EST

Goode out, Toler promoted as DHS cyber roles churn

Brendan Goode, the director of the Network Security Deployment division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), is leaving for the private sector. Danny Toler, deputy director of Federal Network Resilience division, will replace him.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 12:14pm EST

Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
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