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Cybersecurity News

SBA relying on shared services to improve cyber posture

Chase Garwood, the SBA acting CIO, said the agency is working with DHS and Justice to improve the security of its internal and external customer-facing systems.
July 4, 2013

Thursday - 07/04/2013, 10:11am EDT
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Federal mobile apps lack standard security processes

DHS, DISA and GSA are heading down similar but different paths to ensure mobile apps are secure before being allowed on devices or networks. NIST is developing voluntary guidelines to improve mobile software security based on work done in other industry sectors.

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 05:18am EDT
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2013 AFCEA International Cyber Symposium

Cyber threats and challenges grow every day. Successfully defending our networks requires a team approach. With this in mind, the 2013 Cyber Symposium will engage the key players, including the U.S. government, the international community, industry and academia, to discuss the development of robust cyberspace capabilities and partnerships.

Tuesday - 06/25/2013, 06:21pm EDT

Sequestration claims another conference: DHS' GFirst cyber event

U.S. CERT said in an email to organizers the current budgetary environment wouldn't support the annual cybersecurity conference

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 06:24pm EDT

Army IT Agency showing the value, potential of emerging technologies

Greg Garcia, the director of the Army's IT Agency, said the organization has been piloting a virtualized desktop initiative and almost is ready to move into full production.

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 11:27am EDT
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House lawmakers press VA for more details, assurances after cyber attacks

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Michael Michaud (D-Maine) sent Secretary Eric Shinseki a letter asking for an explanation on why VA didn't tell the committee about multiple nation state attacks. The lawmakers call for VA to offer credit monitoring services to tens of millions of veterans.

Friday - 06/14/2013, 12:33pm EDT
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NSA head says spy programs thwarted terror attacks

NSA director says surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 02:22pm EDT

DHS finds classified cyber sharing program slow to take off

The Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program has seen a lot of interest by vendors, but few have invested in accepting cyber threat data from the government. Meanwhile, the Cyber Information Sharing and Collection Program is growing through the two-way sharing of unclassified threat indicators.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 06:44am EDT
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Industry driving development of first-ever critical infrastructure cyber framework

NIST, charged with developing the nation's first-ever cybersecurity baseline for critical infrastructure, says its job is to provide technical assistance to companies, but industry itself must lead the way. Gen. Keith Alexander said NSA will review the use of contractors.

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Agencies improving security of IT networks slowly, but surely

The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.

Monday - 06/10/2013, 05:26am EDT
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NSA contract worker is surveillance source

Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed himself Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the revelation of the intelligence-gathering programs as reckless and said it has done "huge, grave damage."

Monday - 06/10/2013, 03:36am EDT

Lawmakers, IG expose further vulnerabilities in VA's cybersecurity

The Veterans Affairs Department has been compromised by at least eight different nation state organizations that stole data from its systems, House lawmakers and other experts say. VA officials say there always are risks, but their computer security is better than ever before.

Wednesday - 06/05/2013, 09:13am EDT
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Official describes rampant computer hacking at VA

Jerry Davis, who served as the VA's chief information security officer until February 2013, testified at a House subcommittee hearing that the VA became aware of the computer hacking in March 2010 and that attacks continue "to this very day."

Tuesday - 06/04/2013, 07:41pm EDT

VA's security shortcuts put millions of veterans' data at risk, former VA cyber official alleges

The Veterans Affairs Department denies claims that systems or data are in danger. But Jerry Davis, the former deputy assistant secretary for information security in VA's Office of Information and Technology, asserts in documents that he was bullied into signing security certifications that were deficient as a condition of his departure from VA for a new job at NASA.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Pentagon programs target of China cyber threat

Pentagon aircraft, missile defense programs said target of China cyber threat

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 07:10pm EDT

Data breach puts DHS employees at risk of identity theft

The Homeland Security Department alerted employees in its headquarters office, and its Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement components that a vendor processing background investigations may have exposed personal data. DHS emphasizes there is no evidence of any lost or stolen information.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 04:05pm EDT

FedRAMP achieves another cloud security milestone

HHS approves Amazon Web Services for meeting security requirements under the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program. The company's secure documents are available for other agencies to review to help accelerate their move to the cloud.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 05:15am EDT
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Next-gen Apple devices cleared to join Defense IT networks

The Defense Information Security Agency has approved a security guide for iOS 6 making it the third mobile operating system to meet the requirements this month. The agency said it will award a mobile device management system in a few months.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 07:22pm EDT

Cybersecurity and crowdfunding

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss the cyber attack on Federal News Radio and WTOP, and the future of crowdfunding.
May 16, 2013

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 06:25pm EDT
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Cyber attacks against FederalNewsRadio.com, WTOP.com part of growing trend

The company says both sites have been scrubbed of malware and vulnerabilities have been closed. The "drive-by" attack that affected the sites is a growing type of cyber hack that looks for holes in popular websites. FederalNewsRadio.com and WTOP.com are available again to users of all Internet browsers.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 03:39pm EDT
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