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10:48 pm, October 21, 2014

Cybersecurity News

Resolve to protect your computer

What's the best thing you can do for your computer? Make sure that it's secure. Kaspersky Lab says you should don't invite bugs and malware in by allowing your computer systems to become outdated. The security company urges you to install operating system and application updates as soon as they're available. It also suggests using your software's built-in systems, and don't ignore the prompts they give you to update your computer security.

Monday - 01/13/2014, 04:43pm EST

OMB revising data breach reporting requirements

The Government Accountability Office in a recent report found the requirement for agencies to report data breaches to the Homeland Security Department within one hour of discovering the incident is of little value.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 11:06am EST

#SEA strikes again

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) said hacked into Skype's social media accounts last week. Now the Internet calling service confirms it had been hit with a "cyber-attack" but said no user information was compromised. SEA posted a tweet posted on Skype's official Twitter feed that read: "Don't use Microsoft emails (hotmail, outlook). They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon. #SEA"

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:54am EST

Mandiant Sold

Mandiant, the Virginia-based cyber-security firm than pinpointed a hacking unit in Shanghai that experts believe is part of the Chinese Army's cyber command has been sold. FireEye said that the purchase of privately held Mandiant would increase its ability to stop attacks in their early stages. The company valued the deal at nearly $1 billion.

Monday - 01/06/2014, 08:52am EST

Risk, cyber and physical security

On this week's Capital Impact show, Liberty Group Ventures President Kiersten Todt will discuss how corporations and the general public are handling the rollout of the cybersecurity framework.
January 2, 2014

Thursday - 01/02/2014, 07:52pm EST
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Private sector warned about employee snooping

Companies planning to bring aboard some new staff should rethink their secret use of social networking Web sites, like Facebook, to screen new recruits. William Stoughton of North Carolina State University, lead author of a study published in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology, indicated in his work this practice is viewed by some as a breach of privacy and could create a negative impression of the company for potential employees. This type of spying could even lead to law suits.

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:24am EST

The Air Force is hiring

Budget cuts notwithstanding, the U.S. Air Force plans to add 1,000 new personnel between 2014 and 2016 as part of its cyber security units. The 24th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas is home to the U.S. Air Force cyber command. With a budget of about $1 billion and a staff of roughly 400 military and civilian personnel, the command oversees about 6,000 cyber defense personnel throughout the Air Force.

Thursday - 12/26/2013, 09:22am EST

Top federal IT stories of 2013 provide few surprises

Federal News Radio surveyed more than a dozen current and former federal officials about what technology and acquisition stories stood out last year.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 05:59pm EST

VA cyber saga continues as audit shows continued holes in network security

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA's financial audit found material weaknesses, including the failure to remove terminated employees from accessing the network, and the lack of a formal process for monitoring, preventing installation and removing unauthorized application software on agency systems. House Veterans Affairs lawmakers continue to press VA to make changes to their cybersecurity posture more quickly. VA officials say they have a multi-layered defense to include outside network monitoring by external partners, active scanning of Web applications and source code, and protection of servers, workstations, network and gateways, among other security efforts.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:24pm EST
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Documents reveal weaknesses in VA's security controls

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA failed for the 15th year in a row its consolidated financial statement audit with regard to security controls.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 02:49pm EST

Securing your network

Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations, will discuss how his company can help improve network security at your agency.
December 17, 2013

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 07:08pm EST
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Ever hear of jail-mail?

You've heard of email and snail mail - but what about jail mail? It is something that will soon be on the way to some inmates at the Pasco County Jail in Florida. Sheriff Chris Nocco says 77 kiosks are being set up in the jail housing units. The set-ups will let inmates read and send email to those who have approved accounts. The sheriff says there will be no cost to taxpayers for the service. While inmates will be able to get email and photos, they will only be able to send email, not photos. And - as is the case with regular mail, deputies will be monitoring inmates email.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 08:36am EST

Top intelligence advisor resigns

A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat. Theodore H. Moran, a professor at Georgetown University, had served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director's advisory panel on foreign investment in the United States. Moran also was an adviser to the National Intelligence Council, a group of 18 senior analysts and policy experts who provide U.S. spy agencies with judgments on important international issues.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 08:32am EST

White House says it won't separate NSA, Cyber Command

An interagency review group determined having one leader for both organizations makes the most sense to get the mission done.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:02pm EST

Interior shifts CIO, IT consolidation initiatives into a new gear

Bernie Mazer, the Interior Department's chief information officer, said among his top priorities are data center consolidation, cloud hosting, cybersecurity and strategic sourcing. He said the goal is to let the bureau level IT executives focus on mission and not worry about commodity IT.
December 12, 2013

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 12:26pm EST

All things federal IT

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joins host Mark Amtower to talk about a number of Federal IT issues.
December 9, 2013

Monday - 12/09/2013, 09:20pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Labor pinched by poor cloud contracting; Financial shared services progresses

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 12/09/2013, 06:47am EST

On DoD: DARPA, DISA and ONR discuss the latest on mobile technology and security

Director of the Defense Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar says DARPA's budget wasn't decimated by sequestration, but it is being slowly eroded. The Office of Naval Research and the Marine Corps team up for technology demonstration. John Moniz, ONR program manager, says marines on the front lines can get real-time data using smartphones. At the recent AFCEA Mobile Symposium, Defense Information Systems Agency officials talk about mobile security possibilities.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:04pm EST
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Coburn blasts DHS for gaps in its cybersecurity

The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General took a look at DHS' information security program and practices and found them lacking.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 02:31pm EST

China warned about cyber espionage

National Security Advisor Susan Rice has sent a strong message to the Chinese. During a speech at Georgetown University, she said, "Cyber-enabled economic espionage hurts China as well as the U.S., because American businesses are increasingly concerned about the costs of doing business in China." U.S. Intelligence officials have been sounding alarms about China's high tempo of economic espionage for more than a decade.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 08:37am EST
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