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Cybersecurity News

House committee approves pro-business cyber bill

House panel approves pro-business cybersecurity bill over protests by civil liberties groups

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:16pm EDT

House revives cyber bill that privacy groups hate

The House Intelligence Committee is trying to revive legislation that would let industry and the federal government swap information on the latest cyber threats.

Monday - 04/08/2013, 07:20pm EDT

Cyber workforce avoiding retirement wave -- for now

The federal cyber workforce is not facing an immediate retirement wave, but it will if agencies don't increase the number of younger workers.

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 09:33am EDT

NIST, industry begin journey to develop cyber framework

Collaboration and a better way to measure risk emerge as the two main factors in developing a more integrated approach to protecting critical infrastructure systems and networks. At the first of four workshops, NIST got the lowdown from owners and operators as well as information sharing centers on what's working and what needs to be at the forefront as the framework is developed.

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 06:24am EDT
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Report prescribes pathway for cyber reform without legislation

An independent group's report offers ways for agencies to evolve to continuous monitoring and risk-based approaches to cybersecurity within the existing Federal Information Security Management Act, and proposes more cooperation between CIOs and agency inspectors general.

Wednesday - 03/27/2013, 05:16am EDT
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Carnegie Mellon, NSA seek high school hackers

Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 09:45am EDT

Air Force looks to reboot civilian cyber workforce

Officials aim to redefine operational series codes for civilian cybersecurity workers and offer more pay for additional expertise. The Air Force would like to create an elite cadre of civilian cyber warriors.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 05:11am EDT
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Cyber vulnerability in GSA's SAM portal exposes vendors' data

The agency in an email to contractors said information including social security numbers and bank account information were publicly assessable. GSA is offering credit monitoring services to those affected.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 06:13pm EDT

White House employs cross-agency goals to broaden oversight of cyber

Cyber coordinator Michael Daniel released updated goals for TIC, HSPD-12 and continuous monitoring on Performance.gov. He said by adding new goals to the portal, performance improvement officers will pay more attention and influence how agencies meet the targets.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 05:26am EDT
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House committee takes third whack at cyber enhancement bill

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved two cybersecurity bills this week. Both bills were approved by the House last term, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. That chamber is considering a comprehensive approach to cyber legislation.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 04:52pm EDT

DHS cyber executive Weatherford leaving

Mark Weatherford, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, will leave the agency on April 12 after accepting a job in the private sector.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 03:37pm EDT

DoD constructing offensive, defensive cyber teams

U.S. Cyber Command is putting together dozens of groups to defend the military's network, to work with combatant commanders on offensive tactics and to respond to attacks against the nation. Gen. Keith Alexander, however, said budget cuts will delay DoD's ability to recruit and train team members.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 06:13am EDT
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Agency cybersecurity deficiencies remain as attacks reach all-time high

Federal agencies reported more than 48,000 cyber attacks in 2012 and continue to struggle to defend their networks, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Senators are now renewing their push for comprehensive cyber legislation, which would include an update to FISMA.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 10:06am EST
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Report: VA sent data over unsecured networks

Watchdog says VA sent sensitive patient data over unencrypted networks, posing security risk

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 02:50pm EST

As agencies come to terms with cloud security, another barrier emerges

FedRAMP and other initiatives are helping CIOs become more comfortable with securing data and applications in the cloud. But changing the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology is a bigger roadblock in moving systems to the cloud.

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 05:24am EST
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DoD's new plan promises speedy approval of commercial mobile devices

The Pentagon's commercial device implementation plan, made public Tuesday, aims at near-term implementation of a new generation of mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Android handhelds and tablets on both classified and unclassified networks.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 07:11am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 25, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is concerned new regulations may make whistleblowers even more reluctant to report tax fraud to the IRS. OMB Controller Danny Werfel says $85 billion in cuts under sequestration would hurt every state. Maj. Gen. Brett Williams says the U.S. Cyber Command is trying to figure how to normalize operations alongside air, land and sea capabilities. Lynn Singleton, director of environmental services at Lockheed Martin, talks about helping agencies move their email to the cloud. Dr. Milton Corn explains why The National Library of Medicine is monitoring social media.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 09:34am EST

White House seeks to shed the risk-averse cyber information sharing culture

President Obama's recent executive order directing that cyber threat information be shared more broadly with the private sector risks making the data less useful to the intelligence agencies that gather and process it. But the risk is worth the potential reward.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 05:10am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 22, 2013

Federal Drive Host Tom Temin broadcasted live from the AFCEA DC cybersecurity conference on Friday. He spoke with AFCEA DC President Brian Roach. Also this week the Pentagon has detailed its plans to furlough 800,000 employees unless Congress stops budget cuts. Registered Employee Benefits Consultant Ed Zurndorfer joins us with some tips on navigating sequestration.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 12:05pm EST

Private US firms take major role vs. cyberattacks

China hacking reveals outsourcing to private US firms in international cyberwar

Friday - 02/22/2013, 02:54am EST
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